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Languages

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In our global world, being able to communicate in more than one language is a useful and relevant asset and skill. In studying a language, students are challenged to develop communication skills and reflect on and develop a deeper appreciation of their own language as well as foreign cultures.

The study of Languages also provides students with the opportunity to follow a variety of different and interesting pathways.

Three Languages are offered at Penola Catholic College: French, Italian and Japanese. The Faculty offers a wide range of experiences and activities: Immersion Days for Senior Students, Languages Week, Overseas Trips with Homestay, Digital and Audio Language Laboratories, Transition activities with feeder primary schools, Language Clubs and computer and multi-media facilities.

Overseas Trips

Students in years 10-12 are bi-annually offered the opportunity to travel overseas and participate in a Language Study Tour. We currently have Sister School arrangements with Colleges in Avignon (France), Cesena (Italy) and Tokyo (Japan). Students have the opportunity to sight-see in various parts of the country and spend time with a host family and at school – an immersion experience which allows them to better understand and appreciate the culture and lifestyle of the country whose language they are studying.

 

VCE level

At VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) level students are able to specialise in the subjects outlined below, for more information on each subject please click on the subject that you'd like to learn more about.

  • Through languages other than English, students learn to communicate effectively in another language. Effective communication is achieved through the development of speaking, writing, listening and reading skills.

    In addition, through the study of Languages, students at Penola Catholic College will develop an appreciation and respect for the views of others and their different ways of life. The study of a language other than English enables students to increase their awareness of the multilingual and multicultural nature of Australian and world societies.

    Year 7

    At Year 7, students develop skills in basic Italian with the focus on communication. Students also explore certain aspects of the culture and daily lifestyle of Italy.

    Year 8

    At Year 8, students are given the choice between continuing their studies in either Japanese or Italian. In Italian students will continue to develop skills in basic Italian with the focus on communication and the language and culture of Italy and its people. Students also explore certain aspects of the culture and daily lifestyle of Italy. For those with strong language skills, an accelerated pathway in Italian is offered.

    Year 9

    At Year 9, students have three (3) options:

    • to continue Italian till the end of Year 10
    • to add French as a 3rd language alongside Italian
    • to change to French and continue its study till the end of Year 10

    Year 9 students of Italian also have the opportunity to be a part of a CLIL class. CLIL stands for Content and Language Integrated Learning. This class well be immersed in the Italian language through the study of Religious Education and Humanities in Italian. This approach allows students to develop their language competence and accelerate at Year 10 if they wish. Students are also given the opportunity to continue their study of Religious Education and/or World War 2 History in Italian at year 10 level.

    Years 11 & 12

    At Year 11 & 12, the main themes of focus will be The Individual, The Italian Speaking Communities and The Changing World. Students study a range of topics that may include:

    • Personal World
    • Healthy Lifestyle
    • The Italian Family
    • School and Careers
    • Travel
    • Cuisine
    • History
    • Literature
    • Film Study
    • “Il Carnevale”
    • Italian Social Issues
    • The Changing roles of Men and Women today
    • Novel Study
    • Health and Leisure
    • The Contribution of Italians in Victoria
    • The Environment
    • Technology
    • Immigration in Italy
  • Through languages other than English, students learn to communicate effectively in another language. Effective communication is achieved through the development of speaking, writing, listening and reading skills.

    In addition, through the study of Languages, students at Penola Catholic College will develop an appreciation and respect for the views of others and their different ways of life. The study of a language other than English enables students to increase their awareness of the multilingual and multicultural nature of Australian and world societies.

    Year 7

    At Year 7, students develop skills in basic Japanese with the focus on communication. Students also explore certain aspects of the culture and daily lifestyle of Japan and are introduced to the written language of Japan - Hiragana.

    Year 8

    At Year 8, students are given the choice between continuing their studies in either Japanese or Italian. In Japanese students will continue to develop skills in basic Japanese with the focus on communication. Students will develop a better understanding and use Japanese to explore topics such as self, family, friends, time, daily activities, school subjects.

    Year 9

    At Year 9, students have 3 options:

    • to continue Japanese till the end of Year 10
    • to add French as a 3rd language alongside Japanese
    • to change to French and continue its study till the end of Year 10

    Years 11 & 12

    At Year 11 &12, the main themes of focus will be The Individual, The Japanese Speaking Communities and The Changing World. Students study a range of topics that may include:

    Travelling to Japan

    • Japanese and Australian Diet
    • Japanese and Australian Diet
    • Careers and Part-time jobs
    • Japanese schools and my school
    • Typical Japanese Family Life
    • A comparison of Japanese and Australian festivals and events
    • Seasonal Events in Japan
    • Leisure activities in Japan
    • Sport
    • Japanese religions
    • Planning a trip to Japan
    • Future plans
    • Social Issues in high schools both in Australia and Japan
    • Community issues in Japan
  • Through languages other than English, students learn to communicate effectively in another language. Effective communication is achieved through the development of speaking, writing, listening and reading skills.

    Years 9 & 10

    French is offered at Year 9 to compliment the existing Language offerings. It is offered in both the core and elective blocks to allow interested students to study two languages. The course offered is Beginners French. It aims to develop students’ skills in spoken and written French and develop student awareness of aspects of French culture. As the course aims to work towards preparing students for VCE French in later years, students selecting this course need to have a strong commitment and interest in language learning. The course is taught at a slightly faster pace than other Year 9 Language courses. This allows for the adequate preparation of those students intending to continue with the language at senior level.

    As with other languages, the course is topic based. Students are required to complete a variety of assessment tasks to satisfactorily complete the course. The tasks are based on the four skill areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing in French. Students also research specific aspects of French culture.

    Students may continue to study the language or languages they have chosen at Year 9. Those students who study 2 languages at Year 9 have the option to continue with only one in Year 10.

    Years 11 & 12

    At Years 11 & 12, the main themes of focus will be:

    • The Individual
    • The French Speaking Communities
    • The Changing World
    Topics studied may include:
    • Life in the Future
    • Adolescent and Social Issues
    • The French Family
    • World of Work/Leisure
    • Film Study
    • Life in the past
    • Healthy Lifestyle
    • Relationships
    • Education and future aspirations
    • French Social Issues
    • The Environment
    • Travel and Tourism
    • Novel Study
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