Mount Annan High School

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Languages

In NSW high schools, languages is a key learning area.

Language study allows students to develop communication skills, learn about languages as systems and explore the relationship between language and culture. Students engage with the linguistic and cultural diversity of societies and reflect on their understanding of social interactions.

The study of a language is compulsory for 100 hours in one continuous school year from Year 7 to Year 10, but preferably in Years 7 or 8.

In Years 11 and 12, NSW schools offer a wide variety of languages, catering for beginning students to background speakers.

At Mount Annan High students are introduced to learning Japanese during Year 8.

When students have completed the mandatory 100 hours of Japanese study, they may continue the study of Japanese as an elective course at Stage 5 and HSC course at Stage 6.

Stage 4
In Year 8 during Stage 4, students are introduced to the language, people and culture of Japan. Focus is on greetings, introductions, numbers and school life. We incorporate a wide range of teaching strategies to cater for different learning styles and make good use of interactive and computer activities.

Stage 5
After the100-hour mandatory course in Stage 4, students have the opportunity to choose a 200 hour elective course in Years 9 and 10 in Stage 5. During these courses, they will further develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in Japanese and increase their understanding of the culture and people of Japan.

Stage 6
Students may continue their language study in year 11 and 12 to HSC level in 2 Unit courses. A Beginners Courses in Japanese is also offered.

Links to the NESA web site with information about these courses are available below:

http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_sc/languages.html

http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/languages.html

Exchange Program
Every year we enjoy a visit from students from our sister schools in Kashiwa, Japan. After that our students have an opportunity to visit to Japan.

This program has been going on for 20 years, and both the Camden council and Kashiwa city council in Japan have been great supporters during these two decades. CIFA is the Camden International Friendship Association, and KIRA is the Kashiwa International Relationship Association. These two committees of both councils have been organising this excellent exchange program that is happening every year.