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Leading in Languages

May 10, 2023

As humans, we only know ourselves by engaging with and examining the languages and cultures of others. Stepping outside ourselves to examine diverse beliefs, values and cultures with a well-developed sense of curiosity helps us more deeply consider our own.

Students studying Languages at SFX develop intercultural understanding in every subject as one of seven general capabilities recognised in the National Curriculum, alongside literacy, numeracy and digital literacy. Learning a language transforms our understanding of self and others in an increasingly connected world—a world in which, just like St Francis, we are called to engage respectfully with diversity, and become courageous and effective navigators and leaders.

Listen, view and read below some of the ways our students at SFX are leading in Languages this term. Don’t forget to take a sneak peek at our top tips (also below) for families wanting to support language learning success from home.   

Languages around SFX

Our College Prayer in Japanese.

Alexia L, Year 12

Senior Japanese students unpack the dynamic concept ‘mottanai’ for their inquiry into ‘A Changing World’.

Year 8 Spanish students explain diverse perspectives on Cinco de Mayo.

Reflections on an Australian inspired ‘Kyuushoku’ school lunch.

Grace M, Year 8

An Italian café menu and cross faculty connections in Italian and Hospitality.

Sarah K, Year 12

Annotated floor plan reflecting her daily routine.

Elisa C, Year 8

Daily routine in Japanese.

Pranav K, Year 8

Japanese Immersion students translating our sister school Takefu Higashi‘s yearbook.

Year 7 introductions for Lana Del Rey, Ben Simmons and Lauren Jackson after only 1 term of learning Japanese!

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Top tips on how to help your child study a language.


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