Learning languages broadens students’ horizons in relation to 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 College: Chinese (Mandarin), French, Italian and Japanese. Students are offered the opportunity to learn a second language from Prep to Year 12.
Effective participation in Languages courses offers students the potential to:
- Become a global thinker
- Enhance their level of literacy
- Enhance general cognitive development an abilities, memory skills and problem-solving ability
- Apply many of the Common Curriculum Elements in the process of their everyday studies
- Develop cultural sensitivity
- Acquire knowledge, skills and strategies to communicate at a basic level in the target language
In Junior Years (Prep – Year 5): All students learn Japanese from Prep to Year 5 in the Junior Years, with a focus on spoken communicative language use.
Almost all classes are completely paper free so that students maximise their language learning time. Instead of a notebook or textbook to bring study in class and take home, students use the Junior Japanese website which has detailed curriculum information and resources for each term. This website is used in and out of class and parents are encouraged to take part in their child's language learning experience by listening to what their child can understand and say in Japanese.
This integration of technology in the Japanese language class is a major focus in the junior years. http://juniorjapanese.weebly.com/
For more detailed information about Languages in the Junior Years, please view the Junior Years handbook Junior Years Handbook
In Middle Years (Years 6 – 9): Students will develop the four macro-skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening) in the target language. Students of Japanese and Chinese will additionally develop the skills to read and write using scripts. In Middle Years, the Languages curriculum focuses on engaging the students with intercultural concepts, communicative and content based learning experiences.
The Year 7 to 9 Languages courses are developed around these learning areas:
- My World: Personal and Community Life
- International World
- Built World
- Leisure and Recreation
- Imaginary World
Students choose a language (Chinese, French, Italian or Japanese) in Year 6 and continue with that language until the end of Year 8. From Year 9, all languages are electives and students have the opportunity to continue with their chosen language through to Year 12. The use of ICT is integrated into the languages curriculum.
For more detailed information about Languages in the Middle Years, please view the Middle Years handbook Middle Years Handbook
In the Senior Years (Years 10 - 12): Students continue to develop the macro-skills in the target language. All Languages courses in the Senior Years are continuing subjects. Students need to have studied the target language in Middle Years or have spent time in the Target Country in order to enrol in the language in Senior Years.
All Year 11 and 12 Languages subjects are QCAA Authorised subjects. QCAA Languages website: https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/senior/subjects/languages
For more detailed information about Languages in the Senior Years, please view the Senior Years handbook Senior Years Handbook