Second Language Learning

Mandarin Immersion Program (MIP)

The second language taught at  Mawson Primary School is Chinese (Mandarin)
All students at Mawson Primary study Chinese Language and Culture from Kindergarten to Year 6.
The programs in place prepare students to use the Chinese language following the new Australian Chinese Language Curriculum.
Students are offered the opportunity to communicate in Chinese (Mandarin) for a variety of purposes and to develop and extend their awareness, knowledge and understanding of the interrelationship between language and culture.

Language Other Than English (LOTE)

Spoken Chinese is the main emphasis of the curriculum, with a secondary focus on pinyin - a written romanisation of the sounds and tones of the Mandarin Language. Student aim to master basic salutations, classroom commands, and general playground conversation.

Kindergarten to Year 2 students spend 90 minutes each week studying Chinese Language and Culture and Year 3 - 6 students undertake 60 minutes each week.

Mandarin Immersion Program (MIP)

The Mandarin Immersion Program (MIP) is highly sought after being the only Chinese language program available in ACT schools, that offers students the opportunity for primary school students to become bilingual.

Kindergarten, Year 1 & 2 students can participate in a one-day a week MIP program.
At the end of Year 2, students are invited to participate in the two day a week Mandarin bilingual programs for Years 3-6.

The program aims to extend and fully integrate both written and spoken Mandarin language and culture through a number of curriculum areas.

Teachers who are proficient in Chinese language teach these classes and also speak English.

Mawson Primary MIP Information.PDF (492kb)

Mawson Primary School students, Principal Amanda Andrews and Deputy Principal Rohan Evans, Mandarin language teacher Jia Zhu, with the then Prime Minister of Australia the Honourable Julia Gilliard and Her Excellency, Liu Wan Dong, state counsellor of the Peoples Republic of China at the Great Hall, Parliament House to celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and China on 12 December the Chinese dinner held at Parliament house in 2012. The students sang My Friends- wo de peng you and Mouse loves Rice lao shu ai da mi.