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
Family and Animals
Asking and Telling the Time
Describing People, Colours, Clothing, Body Parts and Illnesses
Languages study in Year 9
Topics studied are:
Future and Present Tense
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
Entertainment and Music
Hobbies and Leisure Activities
Part Time Jobs
Transport, Lost and Found
Making Arrangements and inviting someone out
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.
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
Stage 6 syllabus topics are broken down into themes, topics and sub topics.
There are three prescribed themes are:
The French-speaking communities
The changing world.
Stage 6 syllabus topics are:
Family life and friends
Home and neighbourhood
Sports and hobbies
Transport and directions
Part time work and careers
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.
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.