Sefton High School

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Telephone02 9644 4800

Emailsefton-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Languages other than english

Head Teacher is Mrs M Konstantaras.

About Languages other than English

The study of a language other than English provides students with the opportunity to acquire an understanding of another culture.

Courses in other languages

Sefton High School offers French in Stages 4 and 5. The aim of the study of French is to enable students to develop communication skills, focus on language as a system and gain insights into the relationship between language and culture, leading to lifelong personal, educational and vocational benefits.

The study of a language is mandatory in Year 8. From Year 9 onwards LOTE may be an elective depending on student choices. Students will learn to develop the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing through various activities. Topics include the following:

Languages study in Year 8 

The topics studied are:

  • Greetings, Introductions, Nationalities
  • Numbers 1-60, Ages and Alphabet
  • Culture and Geography of France
  • School
  • Café
  • Sport
  • Family and Animals
  • Asking and Telling the Time
  • Daily Routine
  • Describing People, Colours, Clothing, Body Parts and Illnesses

Languages study in Year 9

Topics studied are:

  • Weather
  • Future and Present Tense
  • Professions
  • Housing
  • Culture and Festivals
  • Food and Restaurant
  • Health and Sickness
  • Places in town and directions

Languages study in Year 10

Topics studied are:

  • Shopping and Clothing
  • Travel, Holidays, Sightseeing
  • Past tense
  • Future Plans
  • Entertainment and Music
  • Hobbies and Leisure Activities
  • Part Time Jobs
  • Transport, Lost and Found
  • Making Arrangements and inviting someone out
  • Special Occasions

Languages study in Years 11 and 12

French (Beginners or Continuers) and/or Japanese Beginners may be available in Years 11 and 12 depending on student choices.

Students will have the option of either French Beginners if they have studied French in Year 8 only or French Continuers if they have studied French in Years 9 and 10.

French beginners

Stage 6 syllabus topics:

  • The Personal World
  • The French-speaking Communities
  • Family life, home and neighbourhood
  • People, places and communities
  • Education and work
  • Friends, recreation and pastimes
  • Holiday, travel and tourism
  • Future plans and aspirations

French continuers

Stage 6 syllabus topics are broken down into themes, topics and sub topics.

There are three prescribed themes are:

  • The individual
  • The French-speaking communities
  • The changing world.

Japanese beginners

Stage 6 syllabus topics are:

  • Family life and friends
  • Daily routine
  • Home and neighbourhood
  • Sports and hobbies
  • Shopping
  • Eating out
  • Entertainment
  • School
  • Transport and directions
  • Sightseeing
  • Part time work and careers

Languages assessment

Years 8 and 10 languages assessment

Classes in LOTE in Years 8 to 10 have a formal assessment schedule in which all students in the year do the same assessment tasks.

Years 11 and 12 languages assessment

There is a formal assessment schedule for all courses based on NESA requirements.

Language excursions

These range from a French Breakfast to excursions with French or Japanese themes, eg LOTE Theatre, French or Japanese restaurant, French or Japanese film.

Elective students in Years 9 and 10 may have the opportunity to travel to France or a French speaking country to practise their language skills in context.