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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
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Articles

Students learning bilingually

Janet Beck
Assistant Principal, Richmond West Primary School

Richmond West Primary School in Melbourne operates bilingual programs in English/Mandarin Chinese and English/Vietnamese. The programs support and encourage children in the development of Chinese or Vietnamese as a first language, as well as English as a second language, while also offering a strong start to second language learning for students from English-speaking backgrounds. An evaluation of the program earlier this year has shown how bilingual learning can enhance outcomes for students of all social and economic backgrounds, including those students identified as disadvantaged.

Key Learning Areas

Languages

Subject Headings

Curriculum planning
Language and languages
Languages other than English (LOTE)
English language teaching
English as an additional language
Socially disadvantaged