West Byford PS Chinese language program a success

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(L to R) Caitlin Edwards and Brodie Goedecke and their Year 3 classmate with teacher Rachel Dunn and Chinese teacher - Jessica Lee.
Photographer: Jon Hewson
481632 (L to R) Caitlin Edwards and Brodie Goedecke and their Year 3 classmate with teacher Rachel Dunn and Chinese teacher - Jessica Lee. Photographer: Jon Hewson

WEST Byford Primary School has looked to China to inspire the younger generation to immerse themselves in foreign culture.

The school has engaged educational program My Chinese Teacher to help students understand the importance of studying a foreign language.

My Chinese Teacher delivers a complete Chinese language and culture program by Chinese-based teachers using video conferencing software.

Principal Michael Bettany said the program encouraged students to embrace globalisation with an eye on the future.

“We want our students to embrace a language, one that could open opportunities for the future and we believe Chinese provides that opportunity,” he said.

“China is Australia’s biggest trading partner and we aim to equip the next generation with the skills necessary to capitalise on the suite of business and cultural opportunities that exist on our doorstep.”

My Chinese Teacher director Tom Shugg said technology helped overcome traditional hurdles to education.

“Using technology helps us engage students at a higher level while opening students minds to a global world,” he said.

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