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Smith's Hill High School

Smith's Hill High School

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Languages

Language study allows students to develop communication skills, learn about languages as systems and explore the relationship between language and culture. Students engage with the linguistic and cultural diversity of societies and reflect on their understanding of social interactions.

The study of a language is compulsory for 100 hours in one continuous school year from Year 7 to Year 10, but preferably in Years 7 or 8.

Learning languages opens minds to difference where diversity is seen as a regular part of society. Proficiency in languages provides a national resource that encourages more effective engagement with the global community. The study of Languages fosters intellectual and emotional development, and cultural awareness.

Stage 4 - Years 7 and 8

Year 7

This course aims to provide insight into the languages students can study in Stages 4 to 6 (French, German and Japanese), and thereby enable them to make informed decisions when choosing a language to study in Year 8. Students will be issued a booklet of activities and learning materials for each language. They will develop the skills to introduce themselves in the target language and to understand basic information in written and spoken form. They will develop a cultural understanding by reflecting on similarities and differences between their own culture and the culture of French, German and Japanese speaking countries.

Year 8 Electives

  • Students complete ONE elective per semester (this does not include a language)
  • Students must study one language for all of Year 8. Students list a preference in language, however, this cannot be guaranteed. Classes need to be equitably split in numbers.

French

This mandatory course aims to further develop the student's appreciation of the French language and culture and to explore how French influences and is influenced by other languages and cultures. Students will engage in collaborative tasks and activities through which they will gain a deeper knowledge of the skills necessary for effective interaction in French. They will also develop their ability to compose informative and imaginative texts for different purposes and audiences, using known linguistic structures with the support of stimulus materials and modelled language. Students will learn to communicate ideas and understand information in French on topics of interest such as themselves and their friends, family, pets, school and likes and dislikes.

 NESA syllabus link: https://www.educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/k-10/learning-areas/languages/french-k-10-2018

German

This mandatory course aims to further develop students’ appreciation of the German language and culture. Students will participate in communicative tasks in authentic contexts, as well as engage with a range of written and spoken texts in order to refine their ability to understand and interact in German. They will also acquire enhanced intercultural understanding, as they discover links between German and Australian culture and traditions while navigating topics such as personal identity, school, hobbies, family, clothing, food and drink and holidays.

 NESA syllabus link: https://www.educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/k-10/learning-areas/languages/german-k-10-2018

Japanese

This mandatory course aims to further develop students’ appreciation of the Japanese language and culture. They will gain a deeper knowledge of the skills necessary for effective interaction in Japanese and exchange information and ideas on topics of themselves, friends, family, pet, food and drink, likes and dislikes , hobbies and leisure while also engaging in a range of collaborative tasks and activities. Students learn how to read and write hiragana, katakana and some kanji. They explore connections between language and culture in particular words, expressions and communicative behaviours, recognising values that are important in Japanese society.

 NESA syllabus link: https://www.educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/k-10/learning-areas/languages/japanese-k-10-2017       

Stage 5 - Years 9 and 10 - Electives

French 1 and French 2

Students will continue to grow their understanding of the French culture and will further develop their ability to use French in real life situations to enable them to communicate in a French speaking country. Topics will include routines and housing, directions, shopping, leisure activities, organising an event and planning for the near future (holidays). Students will participate in a range of collaborative tasks, activities and experiences which will allow them to develop their ability to manipulate French in increasingly sustained interactions with others and to identify and interpret information from a range of written and spoken texts in French. They will also grow their understanding of an increasing range of verb forms, and elements of French grammar to compose informative and imaginative texts.

French 3 and 4

Students will continue to grow their understanding of the values and practices of the French culture and how language, culture and communication are interrelated and shaped by each other. They will further their understanding of written and spoken French, drawing on their prior knowledge of language features to make sense of unfamiliar texts and increasingly developing their ability to not only identify information from text but to evaluate and respond to information, opinions and ideas. Students will also continue to grow their ability to create cohesive written texts by incorporating new structures into the language patterns previously acquired, through the study of topics such as daily routines, work and housework, tourism and past events. In addition, they will become more proficient in responding to spoken French and maintaining conversation on familiar topics. This course will prepare students for the continuers French course offered in Years 11 and 12. Students may have the opportunity to apply to participate in our exchange program with our sister school in France or our Study Tour.

German 1 and German 2

Students will further develop their understanding of German language and culture, as well as their ability to produce written and spoken texts for authentic communicative contexts. Students will expand their knowledge of vocabulary and language structures necessary for effective interaction on the topics of pets and animals, telling the time, describing the weather, suggesting activities based on the weather, describing future events and traditional German cuisine. Students will also encounter more complex grammar concepts, including the accusative case, possessive pronouns, irregular verbs, modal verbs and STOMP word order, which will enable them to understand and analyse increasingly complex texts in the target language. With a focus on interactive and collaborative learning, students will also develop their oral fluency and confidence in speaking in the target language.

German 3 and German 4

Students will continue to expand their understanding of German language and culture. They will refine their understanding of written and spoken German, drawing on their prior knowledge of vocabulary and language structures to interpret and compose original texts. Students will gain insight into contemporary German society and engage in cross-cultural dialogue by exploring the topics of health and illness, home and the household, holidays and travel, lifestyles and daily routine, places in town, youth culture and the environment. Students will also encounter key grammar concepts which are fundamental for ongoing learning in the Stage 6 HSC German Continuers course, such as the present perfect tense, reflexive verbs, the dative case, dative prepositions, adjective endings and dual-case prepositions. Through interactive and collaborative activities, students will become increasingly confident and proficient in initiating and maintaining conversation on familiar topics in German.

Japanese 1 and Japanese 2

In Stage 5, students will continue to expand their understanding of Japanese language and culture, and develop their ability to use Japanese in real life situations. Students will also consolidate their understanding of hiragana, katakana and further develop their knowledge of kanji. Students will engage in a range of individual and collaborative tasks and activities and explore topics that include leisure activities, daily routine, making plans, home and school life. They will further develop skills in identifying and interpreting information from a range of written, spoken, visual or multimodal texts. They will also start to experiment with linguistic patterns and structures to create original texts relating to prescribed topics.

Japanese 3 and Japanese 4

Students will continue to expand their understanding of Japanese language and culture. They will further develop their understanding of written and spoken Japanese, and draw on their prior knowledge of vocabulary and language structures to interpret a range of texts. They will gain a deeper knowledge of the vocabulary and grammatical structure necessary for effective interaction in Japanese on topics of travel in Japan, shopping, eating out, direction, part-time work, Japanese pop culture and student exchange. In addition, students will become more proficient in responding to spoken and written Japanese texts and develop their conversation skills relating to the prescribed topics.

Stage 6 - Years 11 and 12

French Continuers

The Preliminary and HSC courses have, as their organisational focus, themes and associated topics. Students’ skills in, and knowledge and understanding of, French will be developed through tasks which engage with a range of texts and text types that reflect the prescribed themes and topics. Students will also gain an insight into the culture and the language of French-speaking communities through the study of a range of authentic texts.

Units: 2 units - optional 1 unit extension course for HSC year.

Pre-requisite: Stage 5 French equivalent knowledge is assumed

Exclusions: French Beginners

Themes covered throughout Preliminary and HSC courses:

Prescribed themes:

  • The Individual - Mandatory topics: personal identity, relationships, school life and aspirations, leisure and interests.
  • The French-Speaking Communities - Mandatory topics: daily life/lifestyles, arts and entertainment.
  • The Changing World - travel and tourism, the world of work, current issues, the young people's world  

Additional Information

Language HSC speaking examinations are held on Saturdays in August and September

NESA syllabus link: http://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/11-12/stage-6-learning-areas/stage-6-languages/continuers/french-continuers-syllabus                     

French Extension - HSC only

The Extension course has a prescribed text and related issues as its organisational focus. Students' knowledge and understanding of French language and culture will be enhanced through accessing a variety of texts, some of which are prescribed, related to the theme and issues. Students will extend their ability to use and appreciate French as a medium for communication and creative thought and expression.

Units: 1 unit

Pre-requisite: French Continuers HSC

Main Topics Covered:

Themes: Acceptance, Resilience, Identity

Students’ knowledge and understanding of the issues are developed through tasks such as: discussing issues in prescribed and related texts, presenting points of views on issues, analysing aural and written texts

Additional information: Prescribed text: “Intouchables”, Language HSC speaking examinations are held on Saturdays in September.

NESA syllabus link: http://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/11-12/stage-6-learning-areas/stage-6-languages/extension/french-extension-syllabus

German Continuers

The Preliminary and HSC courses have, as their organisational focuses, themes and associated topics. Students' skills in, and knowledge of, German will be developed through tasks which engage with a range of texts and text types, reflective of the prescribed topics. Students will also gain an insight into the culture and language of German-speaking communities through the study of authentic texts.

Units: 2 Units

Pre-requisite: Stage 5 German or equivalent knowledge is assumed

Exclusions: German Beginners

Themes covered in the Preliminary and HSC courses: 

Prescribed themes:

  • The Individual - Topics: personal identity, education and aspirations, leisure and lifestyles
  • The German-speaking Communities: people and places, past and present, arts and entertainment
  • The Changing World: the world of work, youth issues, toursim and hospitality

Additional information: Language HSC speaking examinations are held on Saturdays in August

NESA syllabus link: http://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/11-12/stage-6-learning-areas/stage-6-languages/continuers/german-continuers-syllabus

German Extension - HSC only

The Extension course has a prescribed text and related issues as its organisational focus. Students' knowledge and understanding of German language and culture will be enhanced through accessing a variety of texts, related to the theme and issues. Students will extend their ability to use and appreciate German as a medium for communication and creative thought and expression.

Units: 1 Unit

Pre-requisite: German Continuers HSC

Prescribed issues: youth issues, relationships, identity

Students' knowledge and understanding of the issues are developed through tasks such as: discussing issues in prescribed and related texts, presenting points of views on issues, analysing aural and written texts

Additional information: Prescribed text: "Tschick", Language HSC speaking examinations are held on Saturdays in September.

NESA syllabus link: http://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/11-12/stage-6-learning-areas/stage-6-languages/extension/german-extension-syllabus

Japanese Extension

The Preliminary and HSC courses have, as their organisational focuses, themes and associated topics. Students' skills in, and knowledge of, Japanese will be developed through tasks associated with a range of texts and text types, which reflect the themes and topics. Students will also gain an insight into the culture and language of Japanese-speaking communities through the study of a range of texts.

Units: 2 units

Exclusions: Strict eligibility rules apply to the study of this subject. Check with your teacher or refer to Language Courses Eligibility Criteria.

Themes covered throughout Preliminary and HSC courses:

Themes: the individual, the Japanese-speaking communities, the changing world.

Students' language skills are developed through tasks such as: conversation, responding to an aural stimulus, responding to a variety of written material, writing for a variety of purposes, studying Japanese culture through texts.

Additional information: Language HSC speaking examinations are held on Saturdays in August and September.

NESA syllabus link: https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/11-12/stage-6-learning-areas/stage-6-languages/continuers/japanese-continuers-syllabus

Japanese Extension - HSC only

The Extension course has a prescribed text and related issues as its organisational focus. Students' knowledge and understanding of Japanese language and culture will be enhanced through accessing a variety of texts, related to the theme and issues. Students will extend their ability to use and appreciate Japanese as a medium for communication and creative thought and expression.

Units: 1 unit

Pre-requisite: Japanese Continuers HSC

Exclusions: Strict eligibility rules apply to the study of this subject. Check with your teacher or refer to Language Courses Eligibility Criteria.

Prescribed Issues: Journeys, Impact of the past, Connectedness

Students' knowledge and understanding of the issues are developed through tasks such as: discussing issues in prescribed and related texts, presenting points of views on issues, analysing aural and written texts.

Additional information: Prescribed text: “Your Name”, Language HSC speaking examinations are held on Saturdays in August and September.

NESA syllabus link: https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/11-12/stage-6-learning-areas/stage-6-languages/extension/japanese-extension-syllabus