The School only offers second language learning. Students cannot take a language if they have been previously taught in schools where that language is the medium of instruction.
Chinese will be studied in Year 5 and Japanese will be studied in Year 6 in 2017 as the transition to Primary Chinese continues. In Year 7 all students select two languages from the three available languages of Chinese, French and Japanese. Specific combinations of languages will be dependent upon student numbers and it must be recognised that some combinations may not be possible in any given year. Students are expected to continue with their two chosen languages until at least the end of Year 8. Students new to the School in Year 8, who come without an adequate background in these languages, will need to choose the Beginners’ Courses in German and French. German continues to be offered as an accelerated language to beginners at Year 9.
Note: Students with significant prior learning in any of the languages may not be suited to taking the Years 7 and 8 courses in that language.
Students have access to our native Language Assistants. They are withdrawn regularly to engage in small group work for dialogues and conversations, as well as individual support to develop their accent and intonation.
Students use technology to produce a range of written responses and to build up a database of vocabulary items. A variety of multimedia programmes enables students to reinforce skills learned in the classroom by exposing them to a range of interesting activities on set themes which they are able to complete at their own pace.