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Kindergarten to Year 2, and Year 5
Students study French language and culture for 50 minutes per week by our school’s Languages Other Than English (LOTE) specialists.
The French program provides students with the opportunity to develop an understanding and appreciation of another culture, and the ability to communicate with members of that culture in both the written and spoken forms. Students learn French by building on their progressive knowledge each year in a variety of topics and themes. Music and ICT are incorporated into the LOTE program and are an integral part of student focus and success.
The emphasis in Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 – is on Listening Responding and Speaking confidence, with Years 5 including – Viewing, Reading & Responding and Writing skills.
Kindergarten to Year 2 have combined to share with you their harmonious French tones with a snippet of what they have been learning this term. The songs and poems are performed not too loudly but proudly with a little bit of cheekiness! We hope you enjoy our “Little Voices Learning French Languages” clip as much as the children enjoyed performing in it!
Year 7 and 8
Scots All Saints College is a place of diverse cultures. Proficiency in a foreign language is respected as an important attainment. The goal of the languages program is to provide students with a working knowledge of the language in everyday use with a basis for further development of skills for further studies or for use in the workplace.
The students have an opportunity to perform in French at our Language Day at the end of Semester One and participate in various other events throughout the year such as a French Film festival, visits from native French speakers and an excursion to the French Embassy in Canberra and Alliance Françoise dialect School and the “French Challenge”. We are committed to providing authentic experiences and encourage that the students truly live all that is French.
Our LOTE program aims to enable students to become a linguistically and culturally competent and a participant in the global community.
Students from the Middle School can participate in a weekly ‘Language Club’ at lunchtime to further develop their French skills.
“One of our activities was to explore TV Cinq Monde, a French TV channel that has created an interactive website for learners of French. During one gathering the students watched, listened and translated with some assistance, a report on the importance of French in the 21st century. Students recognise that with persistence learning French is within their reach.
Another initiative of Language Club is to enter the Alliance Française Sydney Cultural competition, enabling students to apply their language skills to a creative and fun project with other specialist teachers involved.
There are three categories – CINÉ, PHOTO and CHANSON (cinema, photo and song). All students are welcome to engage with this program which makes learning languages fun.” – Madame Ann Maree Adamson
Japan and the Japanese language
Japan is a major financial, trading, strategic and cultural partner of Australia. People have long been charmed by Japan’s rich traditional culture as reflected in its fine arts, colourful seasonal festivals and martial arts and fascinated by its technology. In recent years Japan has become an important tourist and skiing destination for Australians, in the same way as Australia has been a tourist destination for Japanese visitors for many years. Cultural exchange through schools has enriched the lives of many students.
Benefits of the Japanese language
Gaining knowledge of a foreign language brings great satisfaction to students of all ages. The study of Japanese contributes to the overall education of students, particularly in the areas of communication, cross-cultural understanding, literacy and development of cognitive abilities. Ongoing study of the Japanese language can give students an ability to communicate in Japanese at an advanced level, which can, in conjunction with other skills, provide students with a wide variety of job opportunities. Japan’s rich culture and fine arts has brought enjoyment to many of the College’s students over the years. Japanese popular culture is well known to and liked by Australian students and parents. Bathurst and Scots All Saints’ College have connections with a number of Japanese schools and regions and our school enjoys annual visits from Japanese schools.
Junior School Japanese Classes (Year 3, Year 4, Year 6)
Japanese is a perfect language for middle school level students to study. Its writing system may look complicated, but in fact it is not a difficult language. Year 8 students will learn to talk about topics relevant to their daily lives and will be surprised at how soon they will be able to speak in Japanese to visiting Japanese students.
Students will deepen their knowledge of Japan’s traditional culture tied to the seasons and reflected in many festivals and art forms. There will also be a focus on Japan’s modern teenage and technological culture.
Middle School Japanese Year 8 Course (2020)
With its simple phonetics and grammar, Japanese is a very simple language for younger students. In the Junior School students will learn simple greetings, vocabulary for important aspects of family life, such as words for family members and pets, vocabulary for aspects of school life such as classroom utensils and simple descriptive sentences and simple sentences about actions that they, their family and their pets do.
Students will deepen their knowledge of Japan’s traditional culture by learning about traditional festivals, folk stories and traditional crafts.