Languages

The Languages learning area provides students with opportunity to learn a language additional to their first language and/or language used at home.

Learning languages

  • Extends the ability to communicate
  • Strengthens literacy development
  • Develops intercultural capability, and respect for diversity and difference
  • Enhances critical and creative thinking
  • Develops understanding of self, and how values and culture shape world view

(ACARA, 2011. The Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Languages)

Primary students at Open Access College learn Japanese from Reception to Year 6. Beyond this a range of subjects and language learning pathways are available. Languages is compulsory to the end of Year 8.

Languages subjects Years 7-12

Chinese

  • Year 9
  • Stage 1 Beginners*, Stage 1 Continuers*
  • Stage 2 Beginners, Stage 2 Continuers

French

  • Year 7/8, Year 9, Year 10
  • Stage 1 Continuers
  • Stage 2 Continuers

German

  • Year 10
  • Stage 1 Beginners*, Stage 1 Continuers
  • Stage 2 Beginners, Stage 2 Continuers

Indonesian

  • Year 9, Year 10
  • Stage 1 Beginners*, Stage 1 Continuers
  • Stage 2 Beginners, Stage 2 Continuers

Japanese

  • Year 7/8, Year 9, Year 10
  • Stage 1 Beginners*, Stage 1 Continuers*
  • Stage 2 Beginners, Stage 2 Continuers

Spanish

  • Year 7/8, Year 9, Year 10
  • Stage 1 Beginners*, Stage 1 Continuers
  • Stage 2 Beginners, Stage 2 Continuers

In 2020 other Languages subjects may be available upon request. Some classes depend on enrolment numbers to proceed.

Prospective students are advised to consider the following prerequisite learning and SACE Eligibility criteria:

  • Year 9 – Successful learning (C Grade or above) at Year 7/8 is preferred
  • Year 10 - Successful learning (C Grade or above) at Year 9 level
  • Continuers Stage 1 – successful learning (C grade or above) at Year 10 level or equivalent – check equivalence with OAC Languages leaders
  • Beginners Stage 1 – no or minimal prior learning within the past 12 months i.e. primary level and/or one semester or less of Year 8. Students may undertake Beginners Stage 1 subjects during Year 10.

*SACE Eligibility Forms are required for:

  • All Beginners Stage 1
  • Chinese and Japanese Continuers Stage 1
  • New Chinese and Japanese enrolments at Stage 2

School groups can enrol in Languages to learn Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese or Spanish.


Last updated: 21 October 2019