“A man who is ignorant of foreign languages is ignorant of his own.” Johann Goethe
Students will have the option to learn either French or Chinese in Years 5 and 6
CHINESE: Students build a deeper understanding that languages are part of creation and it is how we study and understand the diverse communities around the world. Students explore the nature of tone-syllables. They recognise and apply the features of the Chinese writing system when writing. They use Pinyin to transcribe spoken language. They identify how the relationships of participants and context affect interactions. Students identify the features of familiar text types in Chinese and use these features in assisting interpretation of their meaning. They recognise that variations exist within the Chinese spoken and written language. They recognise and describe features of Chinese culture reflected in communication practices and apply this knowledge to their interactions with Chinese people.
FRENCH: Students build a deeper understanding that languages are part of creation and it is how we study and understand the diverse communities around the world. Students further develop the use of written and spoken French with a focus on using appropriate pronunciation, intonation and non-verbal communication strategies. They identify key points when reading and listening as well as interpret and translate short texts. They create texts. Students learn to use present tense verb forms. Students make comparisons between French and their language and culture. They reflect on their cultural identity, noticing how their ideas and ways of communicating are influenced by their culture.
Subject Length (Based on selected language)
“The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other. That is why it was called Babel - because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth”. Genesis 11:6, 7, 9