The learning of an additional language is an important part of the school’s curriculum which supports students to develop as engaged global citizens ready to meet the challenges of a changing world.
Learning an additional language is central to developing critical thinking skills, contributing to the holistic development of students and strengthening lifelong learning skills. Language is central to literacy. It equips students with the necessary multi-literacy skills and attitudes to communicate successfully in an increasingly interconnected world.
Outcomes for students
Develop the ability to communicate in the target language.
Expand literacy repertoires which include developing an understanding of how language works as a system and strengthening critical literacy.
Develop an openness to the perspectives of other cultures.
Develop an understanding of identities, which contributes to a better understanding of themselves and others.
Expand skills to communicate meaningfully with people across cultures.
Develop multiliteracy skills by using a range of learning tools, such as multimedia, in the various modes of communication.
Develop capacities to apply learning in languages to other learning areas, to life in the wider community and in accessing further education and training.
Students may choose to continue the language studied at primary school, if it is available, or they may choose a different language to begin studying at Year 8 level. Once a language course has begun students cannot change languages.