Year 7 students choose from Japanese, Italian, French and Korean. You will study the language you choose for at least three years during Years 7 to 9, although it is recommended that you continue your studies to Year 12. Students can also choose to learn more than one language.
The benefits of learning a second language:
- learning a second language is exciting
- learn to communicate
- meet new people
- improve your skills in your own language: you become better at reading, writing, speaking and listening
- enhance your intellectual and social development
- gain a better understanding of another culture
- better travel opportunities
- get the opportunity to participate in student exchanges and apply for scholarships
- increases employment and career opportunities
- receive a 10 per cent bonus on the WACE score for university entrance
We motivate our students by using a variety of learning strategies: activities and tasks which are based on the booklets provided by the teacher, conversation practice with language assistants/native speakers, online learning, games, external examinations and competitions, cooking activities, watching films and music clips in the target language, restaurant outings and food experiences.
The ultimate language experience is to participate in one of the Study Tours available to France, Italy or Japan. These occur during a school holiday period and last about three weeks. Students experience a total immersion in their chosen language and the culture of the country.
Years 7 and 8
Students learn to write, read and listen to simple texts and will be able to formulate simple sentences in the target language. They learn to introduce themselves and their family, talk about their likes and dislikes with hobbies, school subjects and sports in the target language. They become more aware of the cultures and customs of the country they are studying. Activities include producing a poster, a family tree, a brochure, a comic strip and a PowerPoint presentation.
Years 9 and 10
There is more emphasis on the grammar structures of the language. Students are able to create more complex sentences and become more proficient at speaking in the target language. They develop a better understanding of the culture of the country. Activities include creating a menu, a school brochure and a magazine cover, presenting a fashion parade, a weather report and a television commercial.
Years 11 and 12
Students continue to develop the ability to comprehend and communicate in the target language. They are able to express themselves more confidently in both their speaking and writing and become more proficient at reading a variety of text types and manipulating the language. They are capable of discussing world issues and the similarities and differences of the culture of their chosen language. At the end of their studies, students have obtained the necessary skills to be able to speak and communicate with native speakers in real life situations.
English as an Additional Language
Advice for Students
- Listen and learn from the teacher, stronger students, and other EALD students. Follow instructions carefully and ask questions if you’re not sure.
- Ensure that you write down homework in your diary and complete it to the best of your ability.
- Keep a vocabulary book for MOST subjects, not just English. Have an English paper dictionary with you at all times.
- All Year 7s should receive a copy of the WSHS Academic Vocabulary Book. Other students can request one from their EALD teacher.
- Keep class notes organised, for quite often the skills, content and language covered in EALD classes can be applied in other subject areas.
OUT OF CLASS
- Form an online study group with other students in your class.
- Access Connect regularly, to find documents and links for Content, Skills and Exams. You can also email your teacher through Connect.
- Have a quiet and distraction-free study environment. Complete practice tasks under time-constraints.
- New arrivals to Australia can use a home language-English paper dictionary, but it is recommended that the student moves to using a paper English dictionary as soon as possible.
- It is essential to have a friend or family member with whom you can practise your spoken English. You should aim to discuss course content and / or issues of concern in Australia in a formal manner.
Homework: Most teachers will give you homework to complete at the end of the lesson. Write this in your diary and complete it. It may be a particular activity or you should complete self-study and /or reading. Homework is not always checked, but you should continue to do self-study at home.
If you DO NOT have set homework you SHOULD work on the following:
- Read a paper or online Australian newspaper. Look up new vocabulary, write a summary of the main points and write down / discuss your opinion on the issues in the stories.
- Talk to your friends and family about socio-cultural issues in your HOME country.
- Go on to skills websites to practise your speaking, listening and reading.
- Watch the news online / on television to learn more about Australian and world events.
- Watch important news and issue-based TV programs – Q+A; Four Corners; Insight.
Reading Comprehension Practice – English for Everyone - http://englishforeveryone.org/
Free English Exercises in all skills - http://www.agendaweb.org/
IELTS / PET Test Practice – http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/prepare-test/free-practice-tests
Online newspapers http://www.perthnow.com.au/
http://eolf.univ-fcomte.fr/?page_id=149 (very good essay writing skills)
http://www.victoria.ac.nz/llc/llc_resources/academic-writing/index.html (very good essay writing skills)
Speaking and Listening
Behind the News - http://www.abc.net.au/btn/ - Years 7-10 classes watch this in class but it is beneficial for all students to keep up to date with Australian current affairs.
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/ Radio National – listen to the podcasts and read along with the transcripts
Australian story [website]. [Sydney] : Australian Broadcasting Corp., 2001- http://www.abc.net.au/austory
http://www.ielts.org/test_takers_information/test_sample/listening_sample.aspx IELTS Practice Listening texts
http://www.abc.net.au/tv/enoughrope/pastepisodes/ Enough Rope with Andrew Denton – was an interview program on ABC. Listen to the interviews and make notes as you’re listening – check with the transcripts.
http://www.uefap.com/listen/exercise/exlis.htm Academic Listening skills - listen to the lectures and fill in the missing words.
http://www.esl-lab.com/ (Listening Quizzes for Academic Purposes section)
Learn English Feel Good. Listening for individual words with short quizzes to check for correct understanding.
Many things. Simple sentences you can listen to and repeat to practice pronunciation, intonation and stress. The sentences change every day. http://www.manythings.org/lar/
Ship or sheep. Exercises using the phonemic symbols to improve pronunciation of individual sounds and words. http://www.shiporsheep.com/
International English. Different exercises practicing individual sounds, words and sentences. You will need a microphone for some exercises. You may also need to download some software. http://international.ouc.bc.ca/pronunciation/
Books to Purchase
You should bring a dictionary to school every day.
English Grammar in Use With Answers: Reference and Practice for Intermediate Students Paperback – by Raymond Murphy Elementary = red; Intermediate = blue (Year 10) ; Advanced = green (Year 11 and 12)
Writing Academic English by Oshima and Hogue (Year 11 and 12)
Introduction to Academic Writing (Year 10) First Steps in Academic Writing (Year 8 and 9)