The Importance of Learning Languages
The National Statement for Languages Education in Australian Schools highlights the importance of learning languages in that they:
- Enrich our learners intellectually, educationally and culturally
- Enable our learners to communicate across cultures
- Contribute to social cohesiveness through better communication and understanding
- Further develop the existing linguistic and cultural resources in our community
- Contribute to our strategic, economic and international development
- Enhance employment and career prospects for the individual.
Languages at Loreto College
Loreto College offers two Languages from Years 7-12. It is compulsory for all students at Loreto College study a Language in Years 7, 8 and 9. Students choose either French or Japanese languages when they commence their studies at Loreto College.
The classroom teaching of Languages is complemented with study tours to France and Japan. These tours are held on a two year rotating cycle. Loreto College is fortunate to have established a long- term relationship with Sacred Heart, Obayashi in Hyogo and Shibuya Kyokiku Gakuen in Tokyo for Japanese. The French department has also established a relationship with a school in France.
Why is Japanese a language of choice at Loreto College?
Learning Japanese is fun!
Japanese has been a popular subject choice amongst students because of its interesting culture. It is a perfect language for students looking for a new way of thinking, because Japan is very different to Australia. In Japanese classes, students learn the language and study the culture in a fun learning environment. The course is largely taught through songs, games and role-playing activities, as well innovative use of ICT. A range of culture workshops are held throughout the year, including an excursion to an authentic Japanese restaurant.
Year 12 Japanese Exam Seminar
Since 2014 Loreto has hosted an annual seminar on exam strategies for rural Victorian students. In 2016 this was attended by more than eighty students, who observed mock orals and trialled some parts of a written exam created by the JLTAV. It is important for us to be able to support all students in rural cities. Students attending this seminar came from all the local Ballarat schools, and also from schools in Portland and Warrnambool. Students who had to travel long distances on this day commented that they could not attend a seminar like this if it was held at Monash University, Clayton Campus, however they could manage to travel to Ballarat in a day, and gained many benefits from the seminar.
Loreto College in country study tour to Japan
Loreto College conducts in country study tours with Sacred Heart, Obayashi and Shibuya Kyoiku Gakuen to enhance the study of Japanese language.
The important relationship between Australia and Japan
Japanese is one of the most influential and useful languages in the Asia region. A student who has Japanese cultural and linguistic competence, as well as a general understanding of Asia, can be open to a wide variety of career choices, for example, in trade, tourism, banking, technology and education.
Why is French a language of choice at Loreto College?
- French is a beautiful language. The French language is charming and expressive. When students role-play in French at Loreto, they automatically start using facial expressions and gestures that are typical of French speakers. Students will learn songs, play games, purchase products in French and find out about the life in France from our French teachers. In addition, the students written, reading and listening skills often improve through the activities of reflection on the French language.
- A world language More than 200 million people speak French on five continents. The Francophonie, the international organisation of French-speaking countries, comprises 68 states and governments. French is the second most widely learned foreign language after English, and the ninth most widely spoken language in the world. An ability to speak French and English is an advantage on the international job market.