In the French: Second Language course, students learn to communicate in oral and written forms as well as develop reading skills which enable them to continue to interact with the language beyond secondary school. They become aware of the variety of cultures and customs which make up the francophone world. The three themes of The Individual, The French-Speaking Communities and The Changing World are developed in different contexts throughout each unit.
The Second Language ATAR courses are all aimed at students for whom the language is a second language. These students have not been exposed to or interacted in the language outside the language classroom and have typically learnt everything they know through classroom teaching in an Australian school or similar environment where English is the language of school instruction. These students were not born, nor have they lived for an extended period of time, in the target country.
To determine if a student is a second language learner and therefore eligible to enrol in the Second Language ATAR course, parents and students will be required to fill out and submit an Application Form for Second Language Eligibility.
The College will facilitate the collection of the forms for signing by the Headmaster prior to the August deadline.
For further enquiries please contact Jonathan Rugg, Curriculum Leader (Modern Languages), or Peter Frusher, Careers Adviser, Scotch College.
Students not deemed eligible by SCSA to enrol in the Second Language ATAR courses should consider enrolling in Background Speaker courses as a non-school candidate, or consider the IB Diploma Language Acquisition Higher Level (HL) course or the French Language A: Language & Literature course (for native speakers).
All students choosing a language in Year 11 should consult with their individual teachers regarding their language choice and their suitability to complete this course.