In Year 7, all students study Japanese, Italian and French and in Year 8, they elect to study the language course they are most interested in. All three languages are then offered as elective courses in Stage 5.


This course is designed to introduce students to a basic knowledge of the Japanese language.

By the end of Year 10, students should be able to:

  • Understand Japanese spoken at reasonable speed in the following situations:  getting about, shopping, eating out, speaking on the telephone, at school and at home.
  • Communicate effectively in spoken Japanese with accurate pronunciation in simple everyday situations.
  • Read for comprehension a relatively simple passage or dialogue in kana with some kanji.
  • Write well formed kana and some kanji using correct stroke order.
  • Write simply and accurately in roomaji and in kana on some topics.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and appreciation of some social and cultural features of Japan.

The Beginners Course in Year 11 and 12 allows students who have not previously studied Japanese to do so. It is based on two themes: “The personal World” and “Japanese Speaking Communities”.


This course is designed to introduce students to a basic knowledge of the Italian language.  Students will learn the skills essential for communicating in everyday situations such as shopping, eating out, holidaying and celebrating. The four skills emphasised are: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Through the study of this course, students will learn to:

  • Understand spoken and written everyday Italian.
  • Express themselves in a simple manner both in writing and in speaking.
  • Appreciate and understand the richness of the Italian culture and the Italian way of life and the significant contribution made by Italians in Australia.

The continuers’ course in Years 11 and 12 provides continuity for those students who have studied the language to Year 10.  It also provides students of Italian background with the opportunity to develop and maintain their mother tongue.  


French is a major world language involving trade, cultural, scientific and technological links with Australia.  It is the medium of communication in those countries reflecting French influence, some of which lie close to Australia.  Because of the presence of a significant number of French speakers in the Australian community, students are likely to come into contact with the language outside the classroom. The importance of the French language can be seen at the Olympics where it is used as the second language of communication.

The four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking are developed skilfully in each unit of work. Year 9 covers practical topics such as school, a typical day, and weekend leisure, incorporating cultural awareness such as international time zones. Year 10 learning involves how to describe people, cultural awareness (Quebec and France) giving and receiving directions, ordering food and drink, and travelling by plane, bus and train.

For consolidation, students communicate via the Internet, conduct role plays and speak in pairs or in groups. Excellent CD resources with native speakers both motivate and imbue students with excellent intonation and communication skills. Contact with the Alliance Francaise and suitable videos and DVDs enable students to:

  • Comprehend spoken and written everyday French.
  • Communicate effectively in both speaking and writing.
  • Value and comprehend the rich diversity of the French culture and of the French ‘style’ of living in France, New Caledonia and Canada.