Year 7 Chinese and German

Rationale

The study of a Language Other Than English (LOTE) is compulsory for Years 7 to 9 at Oxley. Students in Year 7 choose either Chinese or German. Languages become optional for Year 10 students. Students are encouraged to continue their language at VCE level. (An alternative program is offered for students in Years 7 to 9 who need support in literacy skills where their English comprehension is still developing.)

LOTE at Oxley Christian College is not simply a classroom subject. Students are offered the opportunity to participate in State and National competitions, cultural excursions, and language exchanges. The LOTE Department organises study trips to China every second year. This opportunity enables students to improve their oral skills, learn more about Chinese culture, and gain confidence in using the Chinese language. The LOTE Department also organises German exchange which enables students who study German to have the opportunity to go to Germany and improve their German proficiency.

Why Learn Chinese?

Mandarin Chinese is regarded as a world language. It is spoken by a population of over one billion people in China and large Chinese communities throughout the world, particularly in many nations close to Australia. The growing role and influence of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and other Asian countries today add further significance to learning Chinese and its associated culture. The study of Chinese provides an extension of Australian students’ general literacy through learning a language that not only employs the Romanisation form but also uses orthographic characters. Learning Chinese creates greater career opportunities including business, law, medicine, tourism, communications and social work.

Why Learn German?

In today’s world of rapid communications, the study of German by Australians is an excellent choice. Germany plays a strategic role, not only in Europe but also in the world as Germany is the world’s third largest contributor to research and development. German is the language most commonly used in Europe. Learning German improves students’ options in many careers including business, communications, science, computer technology, music, design, tourism and film making. Many Germans visit Australia as tourists whilst many German companies have branches in Australia and offer periods of work placement in Germany.

Course Objectives

Why learn another language?

  • It improves employment opportunities (business, engineering, social work, performing arts, tourism, etc.).
  • LOTE study scores are generously scaled up for the calculation of ATAR scores.
  • Today’s international citizens are multilingual.
  • Knowledge of another language and intercultural skills will assist those who want to pursue mission work with other communities.
  • Speakers of another language are more socially and culturally aware and are better able to engage with people from other backgrounds.
  • People who speak more than one language are more accepting and understanding of cultural diversity.
  • Language learning is a key to experiencing another culture.
  • Language students need to reflect on their own language (e.g. grammar and vocabulary), which enhances their literacy and problem solving skills.
  • The language-learning process fosters creativity, self discipline, adaptability and humility.
  • Learning a language improves students’ communication skills (speaking and writing).
  • Learning a language enriches leisure and travel opportunities.
  • Language learning is great fun.

Content

In each of the LOTE languages, students develop the four macro skills.

  • Listening. Students will be able to:
    • Follow classroom instructions
    • Show understanding of the topics studied
  • Speaking. Students will be able to:
    • Use appropriate greetings
    • Use correct pronunciation, intonation and phrasing
    • Participate in role plays and oral presentations
  • Reading. Students will be able to:
    • Select and order information in response to questions
    • Retell main events from a written text
  • Writing. Students will be able to:
    • Use progressively more advanced vocabulary, sentence structure and grammatical rules to express themselves

Students also reflect on the culture of nations of interest, and compare it with their own. Students study the language and culture through everyday topics such as self, family, friends, school, hobbies, shopping, buildings, transport, local activities, food and celebrations.

Assessment

Students will be assessed by completing a variety of tasks. These will include:

  • Class work including projects, computer lab work and oral presentations;
  • Regular tests on work covered, e.g., vocabulary tests and unit tests;
  • End of semester examination.