Welcome to Languages
The Languages Curriculum is designed to provide students with essential communication skills to enable them to become proficient in communicating in a language other than English. Through reflecting on their own use of language, students will also acquire an understanding of the role of language and culture in human communication. The mechanics of second language learning will contribute to general literacy capabilities and an appreciation of how our own language works.
Language learning broadens students’ horizons to include the personal, social, and employment opportunities that an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world presents. The interdependence of countries means that people in all spheres of life have to be able to negotiate experiences and meanings across languages and cultures. It has also brought the realisation that, despite its status as a world language, a capability only in English is not sufficient, and a bilingual or plurilingual capability is the norm in most parts of the world.
Leeming Senior High School offers both French and Japanese for students to study across all years of their schooling. The study of a Language is compulsory in Years 7 and 8 with students continuing the same language for both years. Students may elect to continue their studies of their chosen language in Years 9 and 10. In addition, we also offer the ATAR Second Language Courses for French and Japanese, and students who study a Language Other than English as an ATAR subject will receive a 10% bonus to their Tertiary Entrance Rank for university entrance.
Please note that all language courses are designed for students who do not have a background in the language- that is, students who have studied the language in a school environment. Students who have a background in either French or Japanese should not enrol in that subject. Students for whom this applies will not be eligible to study the Second Language courses in Years 11 and 12.
In addition to their regular lessons, students will have the opportunity to participate in incursions and excursions, as well as tours abroad and host international visitors. Students are also encouraged to enter competitions throughout the year.
The French course at Leeming Senior High School enabled students to immerse themselves in French language and culture, and everything that this entails! Crepes, fromages, pate and croissants will mix with your bookwork as part of your French class. French students will be introduced to the official language of 29 countries and many international organisations, such as the United Nations. French is forecasted to reach around 500 million speakers in 2025, so whether it’s for leisure or work French can open up many opportunities!
Japanese at Leeming Senior High School is offered as a general language course and as a Specialist Program. The curriculum is designed to cater to students who have previously studied Japanese at primary school, as well as beginner learners. Our classrooms are arranged to immerse students in an authentic Japanese classroom experience and to facilitate collaborative learning. Students will be taught by one of our two Japanese teachers and supported by a native assistant in the classroom. To complement their language learning, students are introduced to the culture, cuisine and traditions of Japan.