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Overview

Learning a language in addition to English extends a student’s literacy repertoires and their capacity to communicate. It strengthens their understanding of the nature of language, culture, and the processes of communication.

The College offers three languages in the junior years: Italian, Japanese and Chinese (Mandarin).

In the senior years, students can continue with Italian and Japanese.

The curriculum covers topics such as greetings, writing using the different scripts, grammatical system and its use through spoken and written communication, personal profiles, gestures and cultural activities.

Students experiment with how messages are conveyed across languages and apply their skills in moving between their chosen language and English in different contexts and situations.

For more details about courses and subjects, please refer to the latest Course Guides.

Key Study Areas

The Italian curriculum covers topics such as greetings, Carnevale, personal profiles and cultural activities.

Areas of studies include:

  • Carnevale
  • Greetings
  • Nationalities
  • Numbers
  • Rome.

The Japanese curriculum covers topics such as greetings, writing using the hiragana script, personal profiles, Japanese gestures and other cultural activities.

Areas of study include:

  • Introductions
  • Differences between Australia and Japan
  • Hiragana / Japanese writing system
  • Greetings / classroom etiquette
  • Numbers / age.

The Chinese language curriculum develops a student’s knowledge of the grammatical system and its use through spoken and written communication. Students experiment with how messages are conveyed across languages and apply their skills in moving between Chinese and English in different contexts and situations.

Areas of studies include:

  • Greetings and introductions
  • Numbers (including ages, grades, dates)
  • Countries and nationalities
  • My Family
  • Cultural topics: school life, social activities.

At Year 8 students will learn the important skills involved in communicating in another language through Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing activities. Students will choose to study one language for the whole year. Language study is an optional elective from Year 9 onwards.

In the Year 8 Italian curriculum, topics endeavour to engage students with new vocabulary and build on their grammar skills, both in the written and oral form. Each unit of work is supported by a variety of activities, which include interactive programs to further develop cultural understanding.

Areas of study include:

  • Commedia dell’arte
  • Tempo libero – free time
  • In contatto – communicating
  • La famiglia – family.

In Year 8 Japanese, communicative tasks, vocabulary, grammar, script work and cultural studies are the main elements of the course. Classes encourage the use of real language for communication.

Areas of studies include:

  • family, verbs, adjectives
  • school life, daily routines
  • days and months, dates, special days and holidays
  • transport Japanese writing script (hiragana and kanji).

Year 8 Chinese endeavours to engage students with new vocabulary and build on the grammar skills learned during Year 7. Students focus on speaking and listening, and classroom discussion aims to develop personal communication skills in areas of social communication, formal communication and using information provided from common resources.

Areas of studies include:

  • Understanding Chinese culture
  • Communicating to plan activities and social events
  • Communicating ideas and opinions
  • Investigating simple texts
  • Using signs and translating information
  • How language varies between different groups and cultures.

Year 9 Italian is an elective subject. Language classes are planned to encourage the use of language through authentic situations. The Language curriculum is organised through themes and topics. The sequencing of activities and language content allows learners to consolidate their existing language and build new skills, knowledge and attitudes on the levels they have already attained. Students are gradually introduced to more complex structures. The course extends the student’s ability to read and write independently.

The Year 9 Japanese course aims to promote communication through speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students are gradually introduced to more complex structures and the course extends a student’s ability to read and write independently. Greater emphasis is placed on oral communication in informal settings and students are asked to identify and appreciate cultural differences between Japan and Australia. In addition, script work is extended to include katakana and further kanji.

In Year 10 students have the choice of studying Italian or Japanese.

Students are also able to apply for the following Languages VET courses in Year 10: Applied Languages (Japanese) Certificate III.

Students of Italian will broaden their knowledge of language and cultural awareness. They will develop their skills by communicating both orally and in written form in a range of styles and purposes in preparation for VCE. The curriculum will include exciting opportunities such as an excursion to ‘Museo Italiano’ in Carlton.

Students of Japanese seeks to further develop language as a tool of communication. Various activities and language content allows learners to fortify their language and build new skills, knowledge and attitudes on the levels they have already attained. Students are gradually learning more complex structures and grammars, including Katakana and Kanji. Greater emphasis is placed on oral communication in informal settings. Students are asked to identify and appreciate cultural differences between Japan and Australia.

In Year 11 students have the choice of studying Units 1 & 2 Italian or Japanese as a Second Language.

Both subjects allow students to develop and broaden their knowledge of their chosen language and cultural awareness to a level where they are able to use the language in everyday familiar circumstances.

In addition, students are also able to apply for the following Languages VET courses in Year 11: Applied Languages (Japanese) Certificate III.

In Year 12 students have the choice of studying Units 3 & 4 Italian or Japanese as a Second Language.

Both subjects allow students to develop and broaden their knowledge of their chosen language and cultural awareness to a level where they are able to use the language in everyday familiar circumstances.

Reasons to Choose