Head of Faculty: Kate Bolton
The languages curriculum at Campbell High School provides students with the opportunity to develop language proficiency through a four-year sequential program. This continuity allows our students to pursue college language studies at intermediate or advanced levels. Our courses are therefore a part of a continuum of language studies that may start in primary school and go through to university. In Years 7 and 8 students must study either French or Japanese.
Benefits of learning a language
- allows us to communicate in the language learned
- gives us a better understanding of how languages work, including English
- helps us appreciate other cultures
- promotes cross-cultural tolerance
- broadens our career opportunities
- enhances our intellectual development
Our course is a fun, interactive course designed for high school students. It unfolds in a sequential manner that allows students to build on their acquired knowledge year after year. Students learn vocabulary and grammatical constructions through practical themes appropriate to their level. Teachers design handouts and use online programs to supplement the vocabulary and grammar supplied in textbooks. Songs and short poems are used to teach pronunciation in an entertaining manner. The cultural assignments allow students the chance to 'visit' France. They are taught how to organise their research, use the library resources and the internet to obtain current information and to take notes and record bibliographical details. Films provide an insight in the French way of life and sense of humour often establishing a valuable link with historical facts and often establish contexts.
The Japanese course is based on Obento and iiTomo textbooks. Each text is an up to date course specifically designed to appeal to Australian high school students. The hiragana script is taught immediately and students will be able to read and write hiragana within a few months. Authentic materials from the internet, CDs, computer programs, games and worksheets enhance the learning process. Our students have a lot of fun trying out their language skills and making new friends. Students complete major cultural assignments using extensive online resources. The development of students’ intercultural capability, through experiencing Japanese language and culture, and reflecting on one’s own language and culture is integral to our classes. The courses ensure progressive development following a familiar pattern and provide a solid basis for higher studies.
The study of Japanese in Years 9 and 10 builds on the work completed in earlier years. The four semester units are sequential and students selecting Japanese are expected to study the language for a full year. Students in Year 9 have the opportunity to visit Japan, experiencing school and living with a Japanese family while they are there. Each year in August we receive a visit from our sister school in Japan, we invite Campbell High families to host a student.
We aim to provide opportunities to travel and learn in Japan, France and/or other French speaking destinations on a rotational basis. Participation in these trips is not essential to student success in language learning as they are in addition to our curriculum. However these trips give students an incentive to study because they can look forward to using the language in context at some stage whilst at Campbell High School. Positions on the trips are sought after and students attending have a rich immersive cultural experience.