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Diversity

understanding, celebrating and respecting cultural and linguistic differences.

Respect

consideration for the rights and beliefs of others and valuing oneself.

Languages

The learning of an additional language is an important part of the school’s curriculum.   Language learning is important in supporting students to better understand their own cultural identities, develop international mindedness and intercultural understanding.  Through the study of languages students gain knowledge and skills to enable them to communicate and to make comparisons across languages and cultures as well as to strengthen literacy skills. They also extend their understanding of their own language and culture and develop a heightened awareness of diverse ways of thinking and valuing.  

OUTCOMES FOR STUDENTS

Through language learning students develop:

  • the ability to communicate in the target language
  • an understanding of languages and how they work as systems, which contributes to their literacy development
  • an understanding of cultures and identities, which contributes to a better understanding of themselves and others
  • expanded general knowledge
  • capacities to apply learning in languages to other learning areas, to life in the wider community and in accessing further education and training
  • enhanced opportunities to participate meaningfully in voluntary, community paid/unpaid work and further education and training.

The school offers three alphabetic languages, German, Greek and Italian and two non-alphabetic languages, Chinese, and Japanese.

Language learning is closely linked to intercultural awareness and courses are structured so that students discover that there are multiple ways of viewing the world.

The five languages are offered from Year 8 to Year 12 (Stage 2). Students choose one language in Year 8, continue that language course to the end of Year 9 and for a minimum of 1 semester in Year 10.

Students may choose to continue the language studied at Primary school, if it is available, or they may choose a different language to begin studying at Year 8 level. Once a language course has begun students cannot change languages.  All courses offered lead to Stage 1 and Stage 2 courses on the Senior Campus.  Students also have the opportunity to select Beginners Japanese at Stage 1.

LANGUAGES PATHWAYS

In an ever-widening international job market, languages are the tools of success.

The study of languages can prepare students for the challenges of working in a global future. Already the knowledge of another language is essential in many careers such as major airlines, banks, legal firms, engineering companies, government agencies, international aid organizations and international traders.

There is a major trend towards the internationalization of many industries and services and this trend has been labeled globalization. This is influenced by rapid international transport and communication networks.

Current trends in globalization mean that our students will need quite different knowledge skills and understandings to those which were important to their parents or grandparents.

Language skills can increase career opportunities for our students.

Our languages courses lead to courses in the Universities and TAFE. Many degrees can now be studied as double degrees with languages. TheUniversityofAdelaidehas a bonus points scheme in which students who have successfully completed a language course at school gain two bonus points towards their University entry.

SPECIAL FEATURES

There are many opportunities for students to communicate via email, host visiting students, take part in exchange programs, participate in overseas trips and meet young people from the countries of the languages studied. As well as these opportunities, the school has a well establishedSisterSchoolrelationship with Takahashi inJapan. These exchange programs, partnerships with schools and overseas trips enhance student learning and communication skills in the languages.

 

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