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Faculty - LOTE

Languages Other Than English

German Beginners


In the Preliminary and HSC courses, students will develop the linguistic and intercultural knowledge and understanding, and the speaking, listening, reading and writing skills to communicate in German. Topics studied through two interdependent perspectives, the personal world and the German-speaking communities, provide contexts in which students develop their communication skills in German and their knowledge and understanding of language and culture. Students’ skills in, and knowledge of German will be developed through tasks associated with a range of texts and text types which reflect the topics. Students will also gain an insight into the culture and language of German-speaking communities through the study of a range of texts.

Download German Beginners Course outline

German Continuers


The Preliminary and HSC courses focus on the three prescribed themes and associated topics. Students will gain a broader and deeper understanding of German, and will extend and refine their communication skills in the language. As they expand the range of tasks, texts and text types studied, students’ knowledge and understanding of the culture and the language of German-speaking communities will develop further.

Download German Continuers Course outline

Japanese Beginners

In the Preliminary and HSC courses, students will develop the linguistic and intercultural knowledge and understanding, and the speaking, listening, reading and writing skills to communicate in Japanese. Topics studied through two interdependent perspectives, the personal world and the world of Japan, provide contexts in which students develop their communication skills in Japanese and their knowledge and understanding of language and culture. Students’ skills in, and knowledge of Japanese will be developed through tasks associated with a range of texts and text types which reflect the topics. Students will also gain an insight into the culture and language of Japan through the study of a range of texts.

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Japanese Continuers

The Japanese Continuers course is designed to further develop students’ knowledge, understanding of the culture and the language of contemporary Japan within a Christian context. It provides students with opportunities to gain a broader and deeper understanding of the Japanese culture, and extend and refine their communication skills, creativity, reflection, learning and interaction. The course focuses on the interrelationship of language and culture, and equips students with the skills needed to function in an increasingly globalised society, a culturally and linguistically diverse local community, and provides them with the foundation for life long language learning. Students are given opportunities to actively serve, therefore making a positive difference in the community, whether at the nearby Sydney Japanese School or to build cross-cultural friendships with our Sister School, Koumei High School in Osaka. 

Japanese Continuers students can participate in enrichment tutorials, online language competitions, film making, excursions and service opportunities, as well as building their language base to apply for scholarships to travel overseas when at University. 

The Preliminary and HSC courses focus on the three prescribed themes and associated topics. Students will gain a broader and deeper understanding of Japanese, and will extend and refine their communication skills in the language. As they expand the range of tasks, texts and text types studied, students’ knowledge and understanding of the culture and the language of Japan will develop further.

Download Japanese Continuers Course outline

Spanish Beginners


In the Preliminary and HSC courses, students will develop the linguistic and intercultural knowledge and understanding, and the speaking, listening, reading and writing skills to communicate in Spanish. Topics studied through two interdependent perspectives, the personal world and the Spanish-speaking communities, provide contexts in which students develop their communication skills in Spanish and their knowledge and understanding of language and culture.

Students’ skills in, and knowledge of, Spanish will be developed through tasks associated with a range of texts and text types, which reflect the topics. Students will also gain an insight into the culture and language of Spanish-speaking communities through the study of a range of texts.

Download Spanish Beginners Course outline

FAQ

Why are we offering German and Spanish?

These are the two subjects we have well qualified Christian teachers to teach.

Can I study other languages?

Yes. New South Wales School of Languages offers many languages via online learning. This is user pays - $800 a year. You must be an independent learner. Saturday School of Community languages offers many languages too. See the Language Department for information.

Do I have to write essays in the other language?

Not unless you are doing Extension in Year 12. Written work will consist of things like diary entries, emails, texts, postcards. It is one subject with no essays!

Are students who have previously taken German as an elective still be able to take German Beginners? Or will they have to take Continuers?

Students who have studied German in Year 10 can only choose Continuers. This is the case for any language. Beginners is for students who have done no more than one year back in Year 7 or 8 and have no background in the language.    

If you have further questions, please contact:
LOTE Coordinator - Mrs Sam Glassock
sglassock@covenant.nsw.edu.au