Languages Other Than English (LOTE)
“Multilingual people have access to a much larger volume of knowledge and, being used to switching languages, they have more flexible minds. They are less rigid in their attitudes and tend to be more tolerant, less hostile to the unknown and are more inclined to regard other people’s cultural practices as acceptable and to be respected. They also have a greater ability than monolinguals to learn something entirely new, to fit into novel situations without trauma, and to understand different sides of a problem.” (Stephen Wurm, former member of United Nations)
The importance of language learning as a tool for developing tolerance in the quest for peace cannot be underestimated in our world today. A communicative approach is used in the teaching of both languages, the spoken word being emphasised right from the beginning. Students are involved in many activities to enhance their language learning at the College.
In Years 7 and 8, in addition to the course work students learn the language through songs, role plays, games and food days. In Year 8 students are exposed to interactive computer programs, internet research of important French events, a theatre performance from LOTE Fantastique, a French café experience, films and additional reading from Ashton Scholastic magazines.
In Years 9 and 10, students attend cultural activities at the Alliance Française or the Italian Association of Assistance (Co.As.It.), experience authentic meals at a restaurant or cook a traditional dish themselves. As well, in Year 10, students attend Language Days conducted at the universities.
Years 9 to 11 students have the opportunity to take part in the ACER Languages Certificates program.
• Students are offered the opportunity to take part in exchange programs at the end of Year 10 or Year 11 to France and Italy.
• Trips to France or New Caledonia are organised every 2 to 3 years.
• Trips to Italy are also anticipated for the future.