Languages

Languages are taught as a vibrant and rigorous program that progresses through Year 7 to Year 12 where our students achieve outstanding results in their final WACE examinations.

The program prepares students for life and careers where a sound knowledge of languages is advantageous. Many of our students persue tertiary studies in languages.

French, Italian, Korean, Japanese Second Language Courses

Language courses are aimed at students for whom the language is a second (or subsequent) language. These students have not been exposed to or interacted in the language outside the language classroom. They have typically learnt everything they know about the language and its culture through classroom teaching in an Australian school or similar environment, where English is the language of school instruction. These students may have experienced some short stays or exchanges (less than two years in total) in a country where the language is a medium of communication. Students who have a background in a particular language should not enrol in that language.

Our students participate in an innovative and modern languages program which provides a number of unique prospects in a challenging learning environment.

Students choose at least one of French, Italian, Japanese or Korean in Year 7 and study that language until at least the end of Year 9. The exciting opportunity to continue this language study to university entrance level in Year 12 is taken up by many of our students.

The Languages Learning Area promotes academic extension through the energy, enthusiasm and expertise of a talented team of teachers supported by the work of a number of native speaker assistants who also support student language acquisition.

Achieving personal excellence is fostered through a range of extra-curricular opportunities. These include:

  • Student exchange programs to partner schools in France, Italy and Japan
  • Links with the Japan Foundation, Hyogo Prefectural Government Cultural Centre and Consul-General of Japan in Perth
  • Gaining formal recognition of language competence through a variety of external competitions and examinations
  • Additional support for students through language clubs which operate at the school during recess and after school 
  • Links with the Korean Education Centre of Consulate-General of the Republic of Korea

Exchange Programs and Opportunities

Course

Program

Group

Timing

Cost
(Approx)

FRENCH

WSHS France Study Tour – 3 week program

Students experience a cultural and linguistic tour of France, including Paris and a visit to Lycée du Caousou high school in Toulouse. Here, students will stay with a host family in a French immersion environment.

Years 10 to 12

Biennially

April holidays – 2019/2021

 

$4500

FRENCH

 

La Reunion Exchange – 4 week program

Students stay with a French family on the island of La Reunion, south west of Mauritius, for one month. Around 40 students from WA take part each year in this linguistic program which is run through the WA/La Reunion Student Exchange (Inc.) group - walrse.org. This is a reciprocal program so students who participate are then required to host a student from La Reunion for a four week stay in late December/January. 

Years
10 to 11

Annually

June/July holidays

$2750

ITALIAN

WSHS Italy Study Tour – 3 week program

This is a student study tour to Italy which includes a 10 day stay with families from our sister school, Istituto Statale d’Istruzione Superiore ‘Algeri Marino’ in Casoli (Chieti). Students stay with host families in a total Italian immersion environment and participate in excursions and in-school experiences. The remaining part of the Study Tour involves visiting Italian cities such as Rome, Venice, Milan and Florence. Students who participate will then usually host a student from Casoli for a three week stay in August/ September of the following year. 

Years 10 to 11

Biennially

 April holidays – 2019/2021

 

$5000

ITALIAN

 

Intercultura Exchange – 6/8 week program

This reciprocal exchange is run through the Western Australian Association of Teachers of Italian and involves both hosting and sending. Students host an Italian exchange student for a two month period (usually early July - end of August).  The Italian student will attend high school with their host brother/sister and participate in the general way of life of the family and community in WA. Our students will then travel to Italy and stay with a host family for approximately two months. They will attend an Italian high school with their host brother/sister and participate in the general way of life of the Italian family. Applications to host close in November and applications to send close in August. 

Years
10 to 11

Annually

$3500

JAPANESE

WSHS Japan Study Tour – 3 week program

This is a student study tour of major cities in Japan and to visit our sister school, The High School of the University of Hyogo. Students stay with host families in a total Japanese immersion experience and a full itinerary is developed by the sister school. This involves both excursions and in-school experiences. 

Year 11

Annually

October holidays

$4000

 

In 2018 the following subjects and courses are offered:

Years 7, 8 and 9

  • French
  • Japanese
  • Japanese Extension
  • Italian
  • Korean

Years 10 to 12

  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean

Extension classes in French and Italian extension run in Year 7, 8 and 9. In Year 10, all classes are delivered in extension mode. Language students are encouraged to participate in an enrichment program which presents opportunities to converse with native speakers and explores the culture behind each language. They are also invited to participate in exchanges and tours abroad and host international visitors.

The language teachers and assistants encourage and support our students to enter competitions and to take external examinations which are offered at all year levels. We have many highly successful candidates and the enrichment that derives to the individual student extends across the whole languages program.

English as an Additional Language

  • EALD students in Years 7-10 attend four compulsory EALD classes per week instead of English.
  • They have the benefit of small class sizes, in specific EALD classrooms, with highly trained and experienced teachers.
  • In Lower School EALD classes, students will develop writing, reading, speaking and listening skills which will allow them to read and write a range of texts; speak in a range of group and individual situations; listen to authentic and non-authentic texts; and learn about Australian culture and society.
  • All Year 7 and 9 EALD students will be required to sit NAPLAN in Term 2 each year.  If a student achieves in the higher bands for Writing, Reading and Numeracy they will NOT be required to sit the OLNA test in Year 10 the following year.  Students have a total of six opportunities to pass the OLNA test in order to achieve a West Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) at the end of Year 12.
  • In Year 10 EALD, students need to make important decisions about their Senior School EALD / English studies.  Formal eligibility needs to be granted by The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA), and a student’s Year 10 EALD marks will determine their Year 11 and 12 ATAR or General EALD pathway.
  • In Senior School EALD classes, students will develop writing, reading, speaking and listening skills which allow them to complete assessments and exams successfully.  It is assumed that the skills and content covered in Lower School EALD classes will serve as the ideal platform for Senior School EALD success.
  • Students in Year 11 and 12 EALD attend four classes a week instead of an English unit. Year 12 ATAR EALD can be used in a student’s top four subjects for direct university entrance. 

RECOMMENDED WEBSITES

General

http://www.myenglishpages.com/

http://www.englishmedialab.com/adults.html

Grammar

http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/

http://www.englishtenses.com/

http://www.eslresources.ca/grammar.htm

http://www.grammarbank.com/toefl-grammar-practice.html

Academic Vocabulary

http://esl.fis.edu/vocab/index-a.htm

http://www.eslgold.com/vocabulary/academic_quiz.html

http://www.grammarbank.com/sat-sentence-completion.html

http://www.englishvocabularyexercises.com/AWL/

https://quizlet.com/gmhigginbotham/folders/nawl

Reading

http://www.englishlearner.com/intermediate/

http://www.esl-lounge.com/student/reading-advanced.php

http://www.infosquares.com/readingcomprehension/

http://www.grammarbank.com/reading-comprehension-worksheets.html

http://www.grammarbank.com/gre-reading-comprehension.html

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

http://www.examenglish.com/PET/index.html

Online newspapers     http://www.perthnow.com.au/

http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/                           http://www.theage.com.au/

Writing

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)

http://unrestrictedarea.com/esl/compositiontopics.html

http://www.grammarbank.com/essay-writing.html

Speaking and Listening

Pronunciation Practice    http://shiporsheep.com/       http://fonetiks.org/

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.infosquares.com/eslvideo/index.html

http://www.esl-lab.com/ (Listening Quizzes for Academic Purposes section)

http://www.englishlearner.com/intermediate/

http://www.esl-lounge.com/student/listening-advanced.php

http://www.esolcourses.com/content/topicsmenu/listening.html

Learn English Feel Good. Listening for individual words with short quizzes to check for correct understanding.

http://www.learnenglishfeelgood.com/listening/index.html

Pronunciation

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/

RECOMMENDED TEXTS

Books to Purchase

You should bring a dictionary to school every day.

Grammar:

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 11and 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)