The Language program for students in Years 1 - 4 at Ashdale aims to develop understanding and respect for diversity and difference, as well as exposing children to another way of seeing and doing. The program provides opportunities to develop an awareness of linguistic similarities and differences with a focus on developing communicative abilities in the target language. A variety of culture-rich activities designed to enhance intercultural understandings form part of the teaching and learning program. Emphasis is given to developing aural and oral skills through songs and story books pertaining to the target-language culture.