Languages are a compulsory full year subject in Years 8, 9 and 10.
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 the chosen language.
Through the language programs students learn the language of a culture and reflect upon and explore cultural perspectives. Students develop their speaking, reading, listening, viewing and writing skills through a range of activities. Content is organised into units based on topics or themes relevant to the students and often based around current textbooks developed for languages. The non-alphabetic languages, Chinese and Japanese, also focus on the learning of the characters in the writing system. Students are encouraged to use information and communication technology to communicate with young people using the target language.
Bonus points are awarded for language study at Stage 2 as part of the SA Language, Literacy and Mathematics Bonus Scheme for entry into Flinders University, The University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia.
Students may purchase workbooks in each of the following languages: Chinese, a workbook for each year level 8, 9 and 10 – approximately $35.00 each. Chinese Dictionary – approximately $25.00 each. German - one workbook across year 8 and 9 – approximately $35.00 each. German Dictionary – approximately $25.00. Italian - a workbook for year level 8 – (to be used in year 9 as well) approximately $40.00 to $45.00 each. Dictionary – approximately $25.00 each. Japanese - a workbook for each year level 8, 9 and 10 – approximately $35.00 each. Modern Greek - a workbook for year 8 level – approximately $25.00-$30.00. Dictionary – approximately $25.00 each.