At Kaiapoi High School Japanese and French are offered at Year 9. It is hoped that numbers will justify classes in these languages in Year 10. Beyond that, these subjects can be studied by correspondence.
In studying a foreign language, students learn to communicate in an additional language, develop their capacity to learn further languages, and explore different world views in relation to their own.
Learning a new language provides a means of communicating with people from another culture and exploring one’s own personal world.
Level 1 of the curriculum is the entry level for students with no prior knowledge of the language being learned, regardless of their school year. It is recommended that students begin studying their chosen language at Year 9, but arrangements can be made for students to begin studying a foreign language later in their school career, in consultation with the head of department.
Our teacher of Japanese and French for 2017 is Trish Purcell.
Why study a language?
Languages link people locally and globally. They are spoken in the community, used internationally, and play a role in shaping the world. Oral, written, and visual forms of language link us to the past and give us access to new and different streams of thought and to beliefs and cultural practices. Opportunities exist for students of languages to travel to other countries to further their language studies.