Language and Culture stream
For language study in Year 10, we are pleased to introduce this alternative pathway to Language Acquisition. The Language and Culture stream is based around the College focus of teaching skills through the Approaches to Learning, which are now seen on the Semester reports. With these ATLs as our driver, it has been possible to step away from the linguistic rigours of vocabulary and grammar towards a cultural approach in both French and Indonesian and this has become our Language and Culture stream.
After a term completing units from Language Acquisition (worth 25% of the year’s mark), some Year 10 will move into Language and Culture classes. These students will move through three modules and three teachers during the remainder of Year 10. The courses are based on at least two ATLs each and have had input on ‘Teaching Through Creativity’ from Paul Collard, an external advisor to the College.
French: Cinema, Francophonie, and Linguistics
Indonesian: Food and Culture, Advertising and Propaganda, and Bargaining and Visiting.
The new courses are demanding but engaging. The language itself will no longer be the focus, but the academic demands for one production piece and one written essay will continue in every module and will inform the course score and overall grade in this course.
Equally, for those considering Spanish in Year 11, we are now able to start a one Semester Beginners Spanish course from April. Starting Spanish does not affect the Year 11 subject selection but a student must study Spanish from April of Year 10 if they wish to do so in Year 11. It is preferable if students are in the Language Acquisition stream for the first 2 terms of Year 10 however.
Note: Students who choose the Language & Culture pathway will not be able to elect to take Spanish or other Senior Language courses in Year 11 & 12.