Rationale

Our Italian program at St Denis involves students from Pre-primary to Year 3 with our Indonesian program including our students from Year 4-6.

The major rationale for learning languages is that being able to communicate
proficiently provides learners with essential communication skills in the target language, an intercultural capability, and an understanding of the role of language and culture in human communication. It provides the opportunity for students to engage with the linguistic and cultural diversity of humanity; to reflect on their understanding of human experience as varied in all aspects of social life, and their own participation and ways of being in the world.

Aims

The Australian Curriculum: Languages aims to ensure that students develop:

  1. Communicating in the target language
  2. Understanding language, culture and their relationship, and thereby developing an intercultural capability in communication
  3. Self-awareness: understanding self as communicator

These three interrelated aims are realised through personal experiences of communication. The focus on experience and experiential learning in the curriculum is intended to capture the real-life process of action and reflection that is an integral part of human life and communication and contributes to the construction and articulation of an individual’s linguistic and cultural identity.

Content Structure

The Australian Curriculum: Languages is organised through a set of three interrelated strands. They are as follows:

  1. Communicating: using language for communicative purposes
  2. Understanding: analysing language as a resource for making meaning
  3. Reciprocating: interpreting self in relation to others as language users that any meaningful interaction can be sustained.

 

For further information on the Western Australian Curriculum – Languages, please go to http://acara.edu.au/verve/_resources/Draft+Shape+of+the+Australian+Curriculum+-+Languages+-+FINAL.pdf