Every Day Language Program

At St Aidan’s students from Kindy to Year 3 receive a language lesson every day. Research has shown that exposure to multiple languages from an early age is linked to improved cognitive understanding and higher academic achievement across multiple subject areas.*

Students receive a 20-minute language lesson every day of the week in either Chinese or Japanese.

St Aidan’s is one of the only schools in Queensland to offer this highly enriching program from such a young age, with students continuing in the Everyday Language Program until the end of Year 3.

Communication is a human imperative. Irrespective of which language, communication involves interaction to convey meaning as well as imagination, creativity and a broad understanding of ourselves and others. Language learning provides the opportunity for students to engage with the linguistic and cultural diversity of the world and its peoples and reflect on their experience in various aspects of social life, including their own participation and ways of being in the world.

Learning a language(s) broadens students’ horizons in relation to the personal, social, cultural and employment opportunities that an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world can offer. The interdependence of countries and communities means people in all spheres of life are required to negotiate experiences and meanings across languages and cultures.

*Dr Janice Hostler Stewart (2005) Early Childhood Education Journal