At St John's our Year 5 and 6 students learn Chinese with a teacher directly from China, through online video conferencing. The program is delivered by the online site Meg, an online languages site for education. The program is considered to be an industry leader in providing schools with Mandarin foreign language programs designed specifically to meet the needs of each school.
Using video conference technology, students connect to a China-based language instructor who is broadcast into the classroom at the same times each week for live and interactive lessons.
The program is also supported by our classroom teachers who get to develop their own Mandarin skills while the students get the excitement of speaking Chinese to a native speaker, live from China.
The use of live video-conferencing technology also means students are able to see the streets of China in real time and have important context around why they are learning the language. The Meg program is designed to inspire students and staff to become contributing global citizens.