Learning languages broadens students’ horizons concerning the personal, social, cultural and employment opportunities that an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world presents. (Australian Curriculum, Languages, version 8.1)
Four languages are offered at St Andrew's Catholic College: Chinese (Mandarin), French, Italian and Japanese.
All students learn Japanese from Prep in the Junior Years, with a focus on songs, games and culture in the very early years. The integration of technology in the Japanese language classes is a significant focus in the Junior Years.
In Year 6 (Middle Years) students will experience all the languages for a term then choose to either continue with Japanese or commence a beginner’s course in Chinese (Mandarin), French or Italian. All language courses are offered from Years 6 to 12 and are taught by specialist Language Teachers. Students have the opportunities to participate in the annual inter-school speaking competitions, various on-site cultural activities and excursions throughout the year. All courses and units for languages from P-12 are available on AndIE (the College next-generation learning environment).
As students move to Senior Years, there are opportunities to participate in overseas trips, host overseas students, take global proficiency tests, apply for scholarships and enjoy the personal long-term benefits of learning a language. The learning is also focused on the units outlined by the new senior languages’ syllabi. The face-to-face lessons are coupled with our online learning system, ensuring students' access to language learning resources anytime and anywhere. Our aim in the Languages Faculty is to foster a passion for life-long language learning, to raise cultural awareness and to encourage independent thinking from different cultural perspectives. We believe that even after students’ graduate, their language learning will continue throughout their lives.