Languages Other Than English
Ms Artemis Turner
Schools have the responsibility to prepare students to participate fully in society. It is clear that an understanding of our global community is a key skill for citizens of the 21st century. Ideally, 21st century citizens should be comfortable with the challenge of working and interacting on an international scale. This is where knowing a second language is essential.
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Learning a language is about communication and understanding; it is the key to the people and cultures of the world. When we learn a language, we can dig deeper into the cultures of peoples that would otherwise remain a mystery.
Learning a language is about literacy; by exploring the nature of language systems through making comparisons between the language and English; by looking at how a language fits together, students are better able to understand how English works.
Therefore, whether it is for business, sport, career, pleasure or simply because we want to travel, knowing another language will help us to appreciate the world from a different perspective.
At Moorebank High School we offer French, Italian and Modern Greek. We pride ourselves on taking the language in the classroom into the world beyond by raising student awareness of current events that connect our worlds. We provide opportunities for student participation in culturally-focussed activities.
Learning a language takes time, so your son/daughter will always have homework! If there isn't a written task to complete, revision of vocabulary and language structures learnt in class should be undertaken. Remembering words and how to put them together meaningfully is a really important skill in being able to communicate!
You don't need to know the language to be able to support your son/daughter in their learning. You can quiz your son/daughter on the vocabulary they are memorising, by reading out the English and having her/him write or speak the language. Talking to them about the language-speaking countries is also really useful because it's important that your son/daughter realises that for many people in the world, English isn't their first language.