Foreign Languages

     At Kaiapoi High School French is offered at Years 9, 10 and 11 in 2021.

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 teachers of French for 2021 are Sara Qasem and Laurie Abbott.

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.

Language Options

Unfortunately in 2021 Japanese isn’t being offered at Year 9. It is hoped to be able to offer it again in the future. If students have studied Japanese previously, they can study NCEA Levels 1, 2 or 3 by correspondence.

In Japanese, students learn a variety of vocabulary, structures and the three Japanese alphabets.

French is offered at Years 9, 10 and 11.  If students have studied French previously, they can study NCEA Levels 2 or 3 by correspondence.

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