HOW TO BE A SUCCESSFUL LANGUAGE STUDENT
All students study at least one of French, Italian, Japanese or Korean for two hours a week in Years 7, 8 and 9. This is a compulsory subject, just like Maths, English and Science. We strongly encourage students to continue their language until Year 12 ATAR level.
- The language learning experience might be quite different from what students are used to at primary school, or at other schools
- Each term, students will be given a workbook that contains the course outline and all of the materials required for the term
- Teachers will upload all learning resources to Connect
- There are five formal assessments each semester. This involves a variety of presentations, group tasks and tests
- Native speaker language assistants are in most classes
- There are after school and lunch time clubs to help students. These involve fun ways to learn and students get an insight to the culture through music, film, cooking and games
- In Year 11, students will have the opportunity to participate in an exchange program to France, Italy or Japan.
Your attitude toward language learning is crucial to your child's success.
Sometimes parents say they can’t help their son or daughter with their language learning as they don’t speak that language. Don’t stress – most parents don’t have detailed knowledge of mathematics or biology or history. It’s our job at school to teach the language, but there are some simple things that you can do to make your son or daughter’s experience a rich one.
- Be positive. Learning a language is an asset for life
- Encourage your son or daughter to keep at it if they find something difficult, rather than giving up
- Ask your child about their language class – what topic are you doing this term? What is your major assessment task? What new sentence did you learn today?
- Look at the course outline in the workbook at the start of each term
- Ensure you know who your child’s language teacher is and email him or her directly if you have any questions or concerns. We can address almost anything straight away
- Have your son or daughter teach you to say something in the language every week. This also makes for a fun family bonding experience
- Make sure that your child gets homework done and assessment tasks in on time. Apart from anything else, this is an important life skill. Encourage them to access the resources on Connect three or four times a week