The study of an alternative language is a requirement of all IB schools and enables students to develop a better understanding not only of their own first language but also what it means to be a global citizen. It offers to students an insight into a different culture and the ability to speak another language. German is an extremely popular choice for people looking to learn an alternative language, and for good reason. It is, after all, one of the world's most widely spoken languages, the single most common native language in the European Union.
Here at Our Saviour we understand that we live in a global world and learning a new language enables students to develop their communication skills. All students in Reception to Year 7 receive one hour a week of instruction in German by our specialist teacher.
Language learning is divided into the following areas:
listening and speaking
reading and writing
viewing and presenting
Students are also exposed to a wide range of cultural experiences and learning activities. New language skills are learnt through, songs and games, interactive software and a variety of writing, reading and viewing activities.
In accord with the National curriculum (ACARA) document, ‘The English curriculum is built around the three interrelated strands of language, literature and literacy. Teaching and learning programs should balance and integrate all three strands. Together, the three strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating. Learning in English builds on concepts, skills and processes developed in earlier years, and teachers will develop and strengthen these as needed.’
In addition, as an accredited IB school we have also adopted the approach of the Primary Years Programme (PYP) which ‘presents schools with a comprehensive plan for high quality, international education.
It provides schools with a curriculum framework of essential elements — the knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes, and action that young students need to equip them for successful lives, both now and in the future…The curriculum is transdisciplinary, meaning that it focuses on issues that go across subject areas.’