Languages Other Than English (LOTE)

Languages Other Than English | LOTE

In the Languages Other Than English (LOTE) learning area, students are offered Janese classes from Years Prep to 6. The children work through Preparatory, Beginner and Intermediate levels in Reading, Writing, and Speaking & Listening.

The LOTE program not only enables the children to learn another language in a fun and enjoyable way but also the opportunity to learn about and experience aspects of another culture.

Children have 1.5 hours of LOTE lessons per week.


Japanese has been taught at Yarra Primary School since the start of 2016. It is the language of choice for our school community as reflected in a whole-school survey conducted in 2015.

We believe that it is through language learning that we broaden our horizons socially and personally. We become more accepting as we interact with individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds.

At Yarra Primary, we embrace multiculturalism through our LOTE program. We harness diversity and share a firm belief that through the development and maintenance of a first language, a second language can be more easily acquired.

Children at Yarra Primary learn Japanese in a cultural context, through various activities, drama, songs, dance and cooking. Through celebrations and functions we continually promote the culture. We hope that learning the Japanese language and culture will enhance our relationship with our sister school, Chatan Elementary School in Okinawa, Japan.

Our emphasis, across all grade levels, is to make learning a language enjoyable whilst integrating it into our wider school curriculum.

Further Reading

LOTE - Greek