At Samson, we believe that learning a language expands students' horizons. It increases opportunities and abilities to develop interpersonal skills and cultural awareness. Across Western Australian schools, Indonesian is one of the most widely offered languages.

Samson Primary School provides an enriched and linguistically sound Indonesian Language program. The student’s gain an understanding of other societies, the ability to interact with people and cultures other than their own and practical skills which they can use in future social, cultural and vocational areas. Through Languages, students are also able to further develop their skills and understandings in English and their overall literacy.

Students from Year 1 to Year 6 participate in the Indonesian language program for one hour per week.  Students explore language structures and cultural similarities and differences between Indonesia and Australia through a variety of collaborative tasks.  They develop basic conversational skills through role plays, short stories, songs, vocabulary recognition games, online listening activities and teacher/student discourse.  There is a focus on practical usage for everyday life.

Indonesian shares the same alphabet as English. Indonesian uses the same rules for capital letters and punctuation, providing students with additional practice when writing sentences and paragraphs. It’s relevance in the region is unquestionable with many students able to practice their language learning on family holidays to our closest neighbour, Indonesia.

Indonesia is the 4th most populous country in the world, with around 250 million people. The people in Indonesia are very friendly and eager to talk to foreigners and they get really excited if you can speak their language, even if it’s just the basics. This makes a holiday to our closest neighbour all the more enjoyable, creating lifelong valuable experiences.

Through their study of the language, students at Samson Primary School develop an understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity in a global society.