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Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia is one of the cross-curricular priorities of the new Australian National Curriculum. Languages Other Than English (LOTE) is a Key Learning Area that all students from Prep to Year 6 participate in at Edge Hill State School. At our school the language studied is Japanese. Students in Years 4-6 spend one hour each week in their Japanese studies. Students spend some time each term on reading, writing, listening and speaking. In addition to learning to comprehend and compose written and spoken texts in Japanese students also learn about cultural practices in Japan and compare and contrast these to their own cultures. We also look at differences and similarities between Japanese and other languages, especially English.