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Concord High School

Concord High School

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Languages

In NSW high schools, languages is a key learning area.

Language study allows students to develop communication skills, learn about languages as systems and explore the relationship between language and culture. Students engage with the linguistic and cultural diversity of societies and reflect on their understanding of social interactions.

The study of a language is compulsory for 100 hours in one continuous school year from Year 7 to Year 10, but preferably in Years 7 or 8.

In Years 11 and 12, NSW schools offer a wide variety of languages, catering for beginning students to background speakers.

Ms P Merchant - Head Teacher Teaching and learning, Languages, ESL

Ms. V. RUBESSA- French, Italian, English

Ms. M. YUAN – Chinese, ESL

Ms. H. YUAN- Japanese, Chinese

WHY LEARN LANGUAGES?

 "Achieving proficiency in other languages is one of the great learning experiences in the human condition. The compelling reasons for learning languages reside in the intellectual enrichment of the individual learner – a better understanding of the world, Australia's place in it, and the many communities within Australia." – Australian Language and Literacy Council.

 

Moving between countries, cultures and languages has become more commonplace because of globalization, increased ease of travel and advanced information and communication technologies. High quality education in languages enables students to respond positively to the opportunities and challenges of their rapidly changing world.

 

The study of languages provides opportunities for students to become more accepting of diversity, more respectful of others and more aware of their place in the international community.

 

Contemporary research and practice have established a clear link between the learning of languages and improved literacy skills for both background speakers and second language learners. Even limited experience of the learning of languages is shown to increase metalinguistic awareness and enhance general cognitive development.

The process of teaching and learning languages focuses on linguistic systems and patterns. The need to move between linguistic systems assists students to develop enhanced mental dexterity.

 

Learning a language has direct benefits in the following areas:

·         Communication and literacy skills

·         Travel

·         Pleasure and leisure

·         Trade and diplomacy

·         Learning how to learn any other language

·         Awareness of how language in general works

·         Knowledge of one's own language

·         Learning skills, thinking skills and creativity

·         Cultural knowledge and insights.

 

At Concord High School, the following languages are offered: Chinese, Japanese, French and Italian. These languages can be studied at beginners or continuers level in both the junior and senior school.