In learning a language, students learn to communicate with and understand a different culture. The cultural understandings which are developed while studying any language promote harmony and tolerance in a multi-cultural community. In our rapidly evolving global community, knowing another language will provide a distinct advantage in the competitive global market. Studying a foreign language also enhances students’ understanding on how their own language works, and hence improves their skills in English and general literacy.
Japanese is the LOTE (Language other than English) taught at Forest Lake SHS. The course focuses on the macro-skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing, which are developed through each year level. Language learning is most successfully done with continuous study and skills practice. Constant revision is needed as knowledge is continually being expanded. Students must practice their use of the written and spoken language very regularly. Assessment at all levels is based on all four skills.
In year 8, students study Japanese at either a conversational level or in preparation for further studies in the language. In years 9 and 10, students will have the opportunity to develop their skills further if they choose Japanese as an elective. In years 11 and 12, each of the macro skills is developed in depth through the themes of: school and post-school options; social issues; leisure, recreation and human creativity; family and community.
Since 2011, Forest Lake State High School has worked in a cluster arrangement with Carole Park, Forest Lake and Pallara State Schools to better prepare students for LOTE in high school. LOTE was delivered to year 6 and 7 classes at the primary schools by high school teachers. With the high level of positive feedback form the primary cluster schools, in 2012 Grand Avenue Sate School was included, with their specialist teacher using the same program. One advantage has been the inclusion of high-school-style tasks for primary students, assisting their transition to the secondary environment.
Forest Lake State High School has links with Kinjo and Izumi Chuo High Schools in Japan. Kinjo and Forest Lake students interact in an annual exchange program, with each school visiting the other bi-annually. Students home-stay with Japanese/Australian families and attend school in each country. Izumi Chuo offers one Forest Lake student per year the opportunity to study in Japan for a year.
If you require any further details, please contact:
Rob Parker, Head of Department (Humanities and Social Sciences and Languages)