IN our world of increasing cultural diversity, the ability to communicate and collaborate inter-culturally is paramount.
This is a notion Wesley College has taken onboard, opening its new Languages Centre this month.
The innovative centre has been built as an open, collaborative space where students can explore different zones and find an environment that best supports their learning.
Head of Languages Claire Leong, the driving force behind the project, said the Languages Centre facilitated positive learning interactions between students of varying year groups and courses.
“What we’ve noticed in the new centre is that students who have more than one language and more than one culture are having a strong input,” Mrs Leong said.
“Chinese students learning French or Indonesian will from time to time walk past students learning Chinese and give input and guidance, it’s amazing to watch that unfold.”
Mrs Leong said she hoped the centre would inspire a new wave of language students, who think more deeply about the world and take opportunities to break down barriers.
“We thought about all of our students and wanted to ensure there was a space in this centre where everyone would feel comfortable,” she said.
“We want our students to be intercultural human beings who can work and live along alongside other cultures easily.”