At Preston South Primary School we were very excited to offer four LOTE Languages: Mandarin, Greek, Macedonian and French.

The learning of a language in addition to English extends student’s literacy repertoires and their capacity to communicate. It strengthens student’s understanding of the nature of language, culture and the processes of communications.

The LOTE program is participated in by all our students from Prep, right through to Year 6. Our students, from all these year levels and cultural backgrounds completely immerse themselves into each and every LOTE lesson.


Preston  South Primary School students are provided with the tools, through comparison and reflection, to understand language, culture and humanity in a broad sense. “In this way, language learning contributes to the development of inter culturally aware citizens, of increasing importance at a time of rapid and deep globalisation.

Students learn through various activities including listening and speaking Mandarin Chinese as well as reading and writing Chinese characters. 


Students in the junior classes learn through singing songs, participating in language games, using basic greetings and through social interactions.


As students progress through the year levels, they learn to communicate effectively by speaking and writing using Chinese characters.



 At Preston South Primary School, students from Foundation to year 6 attend a weekly LOTE program that not only promotes the learning of another language, but also aims to develop an appreciation for other cultures. Learning a language in addition to English helps to increase students’ awareness of the multilingual and multicultural nature of Australia and world societies. It encourages students to value the diversity of the wider community. Students understand that Australian life is influenced by different cultures. They learn that there are similarities and differences between languages, and notice how these are related. The Greek Program provides learners with language skills, and also a cultural awareness of the Greek speaking community.


Greek LOTE incorporates the Victorian Curriculum which aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to ensure that students:

  • communicate  in the language they are learning
  • understand the relationship between language, culture and learning
  • develop intercultural capabilities
  • understand themselves as communicators

Listening, Speaking, Reading, Viewing, Writing, and the use of body language, visual cues and signs are used to assist with the acquisition of the Greek Language. This learning experience also introduces the meta-linguistic skills and knowledge of how to learn an additional language.

Greek is delivered and practised through a variety of activities. Such as;

  • Role-plays
  • Practising speaking and listening skills using ICT.
  •  Formal and informal greetings
  •  Following simple classroom directions  
  •  Recognising the different sounds of similar letters
  •  Participating in choral use of language
  •  Identifying the names of visible objects and items from aural/visual cues
  •  Research projects
  • Class discussions
  • Singing and dancing
  • Chants
  • Stories
  • Language games
  • Identifying cultural icons, geographic features, famous buildings or cultural practices


Στο Δημοτικό Σχολείο του Πρέστον Σάουθ, μαθητές από τα νήπια μέχρι την έκτη τάξη παρακολουθούν το εβδομαδιαίο πρόγραμμα του LOTE που όχι μόνο προωθεί την μάθηση άλλης γλώσσας αλλά και την εκτίμηση διαφορετικών κουλτουρών. Μαθαίνοντας κι ‘άλλη γλώσσα εκτός της Αγγλικής αυξάνει την επίγνωση των μαθητών για την πολύγλωσση και πολυπολιτιστική κοινωνία της Αυστραλίας. Οι μαθητές καταλαβαίνουν πως η ζωή σ ’αυτή τη χώρα επηρεάζεται από διαφορετικές κουλτούρες. Μαθαίνουν για τις ομοιότητες και διαφορές μεταξύ των γλωσσών.

Η Ελληνική γλώσσα εξασχίζετε μέσω διαφόρων ασκήσεων όπως:

· θέατρο

· ηλεκτρονικοί υπολογιστές 

· χαιρετισμούς 

· ακολουθώντας οδηγίες στην τάξη

· ερευνητικά έργα

· τραγούδια και χορούς 

· ιστορίες

· γλωσσικά παιχνίδια

· μελέτη των διάσημων κτιρίων, γεωγραφικά χαρακτηριστικά και ήθη και έθιμα


Students who study the Macedonian language at Preston South Primary School will develop language skills through their participation in a range of activities such as games, songs, dance and use of technology. Students learn to greet, introduce themselves, have simple conversations and use commonly used phrases to create role-plays. At Preston South Primary School , there is a strong focus on reading and writing Macedonian using the Cyrillic alphabet.

The Macedonian program at Preston South Primary School aims to enable students to;

  •  communicate effectively when speaking and writing in Macedonian
  •  read and write using the Cyrillic alphabet.
  •  appreciate and show awareness of the Macedonian culture 
  •  further develop self-awareness and a sense of personal and cultural identity
  •  increase their awareness of the multilingual and multicultural nature of Australian and world societies
  •  develop communication strategies and decoding strategies
  •  seek out and understand factual information conveyed orally, visually or in writing and interpret, evaluate and use information for a specified purpose and audience

 Престон Cayt основно училиште  дава можност за студенти од македонско потекло да го изучуваat македонскиот jaзиk и неговата култура. Yченици на возраст од 5 до 12 години можат да и иmaat учествуваат на Mакедонски настава.

Наставата се изведува во разиграна и отпуштена атмосфера, во која децата се стимулираат не само да го учат јазикот, туку и да се запознаат со посебноста и културата на Македонија


 The goal of the French program at Preston South  is to develop an understanding of French  culture and their language. We do this by developing the students’ skills in speaking, reading and writing in French from Prep to Year 6. The curriculum aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to ensure that students:

  • Have an ability to use greetings and communicate simple sentences in French
  • Are exposed to specific vocabulary such as the weeks, months, seasons, food, colours, sports and numbers
  • The lessons are delivered in an interactive manner to maximise students’ engagement. A range of tools and activities are used to enhance the students’ interest in their learning of French. Music, games, gesture, drawings, stories, books and ICT are all used to encourage students to have a go at listening, speaking and writing French.

Beaucoup de fiches d’exercices, d’activités comme chanter des chansons, jouer, utiliser des cartes éducationnelles, dessiner, lire des histoires sont tous utilisés pour encourager les élèves à lire, écrire, comprendre et parler en français.