LANGUAGES DOMAIN


Miranda Salinger
Languages Learning Leader

In the Languages Domain, you have the choice of studying French or Japanese.

Learning a language will broaden your horizons about the personal, social, cultural and employment opportunities that are available in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world.

Acquire communication skills that will enable you to interact in French or Japanese and develop a deep understanding and appreciation of the relationship between language, culture and learning.

In Middle School (Year 7 & 8) you will make an important choice between Japanese and French. If you find yourself enjoying and performing well in your Languages studies throughout Middle School we highly recommend that you continue with a Language in Pathways (Year 9 & 10).

Language Camps and in-country immersions trips are offered to Languages students in Pathways and VCE. Catholic College Wodonga has established relationships with its sister schools, Matsudo International High School (Japan) and Lycée Saint-Michel in Château-Gontier (France).

9 French

  • Learn practical French that you can use while traveling, working in French or living abroad
  • Develop confidence and pronunciation with French by reading stories and plays
  • Dive into French arts, culture and important events throughout the year

Subject Code: P1LFR
Year Level: 9

What will I learn?

Bonjour! In this class we learn to use the French language through lively activities and games alongside written language practice. We keep working on the core skills of speaking, writing, listening, reading and viewing. You will study topics to get you ready for travel (booking transport, making phone calls, making reservations, seeing a doctor), to make plans with French speakers and to talk about movies, music, money and other cultural elements in French. 

What will I do?
  • Interact with the other people in your class through guided speaking activities.
  • Use a range of learning platforms including Education Perfect to practice your language skills.
  • Listen to French songs and use the lyrics to get a better understanding of the language.
What else should I know?

Thinking about studying French at VCE level? We recommend selecting this subject for all four semesters at Year 9 and 10. This means you are eligible to take part in the immersion trips that occur (normally every two years) at Years 10-12. Exchanges and immersions incur additional costs.

Where can this take me?

VCE Subjects: VCE French. Exchange and Immersion programs to Chateau-Gontier, France. Exchanges and immersions incur additional costs.

Immersion Programs: Exchange and Immersion programs to Chateau-Gontier, France. 

Careers/Jobs: Any job can be performed in French! However, language-specific jobs include: work within international organisations, translator, speech pathologist, journalist, teacher, immigration lawyer, ship’s master, tourism operator, flight attendant, work with government departments (defence, immigration).

Duration:

 2 semesters.

Pre-requisites: 

French in Years 7-8.

*Exchanges and immersions incur additional costs.*

 

9 Japanese

  • Develop confidence writing and recognising Kanji, Katakana and Hiragana scripts
  • Use Japanese for topics such as daily routines, ordering in a restaurant and speaking about fashion and housing
  • Explore different types of food and restaurants found in Japan

Subject Code: P1LJA
Year Level: 9

What will I learn?

Konnichiwa! In this class we focus on the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing and viewing. We explore the culture of the country, including the food! Oishii! You will continue to build on your understanding about Japan and learn about fashion and “kawaii culture “, ordering food in a restaurant and much more.

What will I do?
  • Interact with the other people in your class through guided speaking activities.
  • Use a range of learning platforms including Education Perfect to practice your language skills.
  • Interact with the Japanese-speaking world through immersions, activities, excursions, music and film.
What else should I know?

We recommend selecting this subject for all four semesters at Year 9 and 10. This means you are eligible to take part in the immersion trips that occur (normally every two years) at Years 10-12. 

Where can this take me?

VCE Subjects: VCE Japanese.

Careers/Jobs: Work within international organisations, translator, speech pathologist, journalist, teacher, immigration lawyer, ship’s master, tourism operator, flight attendant, work with government departments (defence, immigration).

Duration:

 2 semesters.

Pre-requisites:

 Japanese in Years 7-8.

*Exchanges and immersions incur additional costs.*

 

9 Understanding Words (EAL students only)

  • Become a better reader and speller
  • Understand irregular words
  • Students will be chosen to participate in this subject

Subject Code: P1LUW
Year Level: 9

This is not a subject that can be “chosen”. Students are selected by the EAL Coordinator, Megan Salter.

What will I learn?

Understanding Words is an evidence-based reading program for students struggling with reading accuracy, spelling, and comprehension. In this class you learn letter sound symbols to decode words when reading, irregular words, comprehension and story reading.

What will I do?
  • Practise new phonics symbols.
  • Writing of phonemes.
  • Whiteboard spelling.
  • Read sentences and short stories.
  • Practise phonics and irregular words.

 

10 French

  • Develop your confidence in spontaneous, conversational French
  • Learn to talk about your plans for the future and current global issues like sustainability, technology and French cinema
  • Grasp the base grammatical structures needed for VCE French

Subject Code: P2LFR
Year Level: 10

What will I learn?

Bonjour! In this class we keep working on the core skills needed to be able to use the language in life beyond school: speaking, writing, listening, reading and viewing. You will solidify your grammatical understanding of the main French sentence structures and tenses (présent, passé composé, imparfait, futur proche, futur simple). This is a really important element of Senior Language study, as it helps you to use the language more effortlessly and fluently in VCE.

What will I do?
  • Interact with the other people in your class through guided speaking activities.
  • Use a range of learning platforms including Education Perfect to practice your language skills.
  • Interact with the French-speaking world (including France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, Madagascar and Senegal to name a few) through music and film.
What else should I know?

Thinking about studying French at VCE level? You must complete Year 10 French. This means you are eligible to take part in the immersion trips that occur (normally every two years) at Years 10-12. Exchanges and immersions incur additional costs.

Where can this take me?

VCE Subjects: VCE French.

Immersion Programs: Exchange and Immersion programs to Chateau-Gontier, France.

Careers/Jobs: Any job can be performed in French! However, language-specific jobs include: work within international organisations, translator, speech pathologist, journalist, teacher, immigration lawyer, ship’s master, tourism operator, flight attendant, work with government departments (defence, immigration).

Duration: 

2 semesters.

Pre-requisites:

French in Years 7-9.

*Exchanges and immersions incur additional costs.*

 

10 Japanese

  • Develop a greater knowledge of Japanese Kanji
  • Learn how to speak about school, shopping and making plans to go out with friends
  • grasp the base grammatical structures needed for VCE Japanese

Subject Code: P2LJA
Year Level: 10

What will I learn?

Konnichiwa! In this class we continue to build on our understanding about Japan. We learn to speak about daily life and to use the Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji syllabaries confidently in context. You will develop your accent and confidence speaking Japanese and immerse yourself in aspects of the culture including food and how to connect with Japanese-speakers.

What will I do?
  • Interact with the other people in your class through guided speaking activities.
  • Use a range of learning platforms including Education Perfect to practice your language skills.
  • Interact with the Japanese-speaking world through immersions, activities, excursions, music and film.
What else should I know?

We recommend selecting this subject for all four semesters at Year 9 and 10. This means you are eligible to take part in the immersion trips that occur (normally every two years) at Years 10-12. 

Where can this take me?

VCE Subjects: VCE Japanese.

Careers/Jobs: Work within international organisations, translator, speech pathologist, journalist, teacher, immigration lawyer, ship’s master, tourism operator, flight attendant, work with government departments (defense, immigration).

Duration:

2 semesters.

Pre-requisites:

 Japanese in Years 7-9.

*Exchanges and immersions incur additional costs.*

 

10 Understanding Words (EAL students only)

  • Become a better reader and speller
  • Understand irregular words
  • Students will be chosen to participate in this subject

Subject Code: P2LUW
Year Level: 10

This is not a subject that can be “chosen”. Students are selected by the EAL Coordinator, Megan Salter.

What will I learn?

Understanding Words is an evidence-based reading program for students struggling with reading accuracy, spelling, and comprehension. In this class you learn letter sound symbols to decode words when reading, irregular words, comprehension and story reading.

What will I do?
  • Practise new phonics symbols.
  • Writing of phonemes.
  • Whiteboard spelling.
  • Read sentences and short stories.
  • Practise phonics and irregular words.