Students study Japanese or German to develop effective and creative uses of a wide range of communication skills and to broaden the students' horizons by introducing different cultures and enhancing their understanding of our multilingual and multicultural world.
The Learning Area of Languages aims to provide programs that equip students with the following skills:
To communicate effectively in speech and writing in the target language.
To develop the verbal and nonverbal communication skills necessary for the effective understanding and production of language.
To be aware of the cultures, history and geography of a country other than their own.
To appreciate and respect the views of others and the ways of life, culture and thought in communities where the language is used.
To develop self-awareness and a sense of personal and cultural identity.
To increase awareness of the multilingual and multicultural nature of Australia and other societies.
Years 7 and 8
Students complete a compulsory study of either German or Japanese.
Years 9 to 12
Students who wish to continue their interest in language learning can continue the study of a language in the elective program through to VCE studies.
Students are provided with a variety of language and cultural experiences throughout their study of a language. These may include tasting different foods, visiting a language specific restaurant or embassy, performing a play, participating in competitions, enjoying a Japanese drumming performance, learning skills from a Manga Artist or discovering the history of the German Internment camp near Tatura.
The College is a keen supporter of the AGTV German Student Exchange Program. Students learning German can apply for this ten week reciprocal exchange in the state of Bavaria at either Year 9 or Year 10 level.
Students studying Japanese have the exciting opportunity to travel to Japan and visit Aoki Junior High School, our sister school in Nagano Prefecture. The Japanese Study Tour is offered every second year with a reciprocal visit from Aoki students to Warragul in the alternate year.
Through the learning of languages and the opportunities offered, we aim to ignite a love of differing cultures and a passion for language learning.