Studying other cultures and their languages enhances our intercultural understanding. At St Edmund’s College, students have the opportunity to learn an Asian Language (Japanese) and/or a European language (French).
The goals for our learning follow the new the Australian Curriculum strands for Languages:
Communicating: Using language for communicative purposes in interpreting, creating and exchanging meaning
Understanding: Analysing and understanding language and culture as resources for interpreting and shaping meaning in intercultural exchange
YEARS 8 TO YEAR 10
French and Japanese can be studied as an elective in Years 8 to 10. These courses continue on from the compulsory Year 7 Language courses, however, in Years 8 to 10, students focus more on communicating in a variety of contexts. In both French and Japanese, students study practical language topics- daily routine, time, directions, simple questions, food and shopping, sports, weather etc. In Japanese, students continue to develop their learning of the Hiragana script.
Although Intercultural Understanding cannot be separated from language learning, there are also opportunities for intercultural activities and assessment tasks. These may include creative intercultural projects, presentations, game- making, food, design, song, film and cultural games. Usually each year, there are College excursions to Japan, New Caledonia or France. The Faculty also enjoys welcoming exchange teachers and students from France and Japan.
Learning languages can be enhanced with the use of ICT. There are numerous interactive websites that the faculty uses. Some favourite websites used are:
YEARS 11 & 12
St Edmund's College offers four courses in Years 11 & 12, Beginning French, Continuing French, Beginning Japanese and Continuing Japanese. Each course is offered at a Tertiary Level (course leading University entry) and may be studied as either a Major or a Minor. For example, a student might study a Minor course for one year and a Major course for two years.
No prerequisites are required for Beginning French or for Beginning Japanese. The Continuing courses, however, require language skills comparable up to Year 10 level.
The ACT BSSS website offers full course frameworks and course content.
Mrs Anne Aldis Tel: 6239 0612