31 July 2015 Matina Shadwick   | News | Year 08  
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Year 8 students will soon be selecting their elective subjects for Year 9 2016. At HBHS we offer the following Languages in Year 9-10.

  • Chinese-Background and Non-Background Speakers.
  • Korean- Background and Non-Background Speakers.
  • Italian- Background and Non-Background Speakers.
  • French- Background and Non-Background Speakers.

Background Speakers courses require knowledge in the spoken and written language. Non-Background Speakers Courses require absolutely NO knowledge in the spoken or written language.

The LOTE Faculty are passionate about the study of Languages. Through quality teaching and learning programs and initiatives all LOTE staff strive to inspire our students to become life long learners, upright and strong citizens of our community and future leaders. This is our mission and promise to all students and their parents.

Below are a list of 10 reasons why students should choose a Language in 2016. They are supported by quotes from famous and successful people whose lives have been enriched by studying a foreign Language. I would encourage all students to read through these reasons, discuss them with their parents and choose one (or more!) of the 8 courses offered above in 2016.

10 Reasons to Learn a Foreign Language:

  1. To increase global understanding - “A different language is a different vision of life.” – Federico Fellini, Italian film director
  2. To improve employment potential - Learning to speak, read and write in a foreign language increases your employment opportunities and enriches your working experience, whether you chose to work abroad or in your native country.
  3. To increase native language ability - “Those who know nothing of foreign languages, knows nothing of their own.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  4. To sharpen cognitive and life skills - “We have strong evidence today that studying a foreign language has a ripple effect, helping to improve student performance in other subjects.” – Richard Riley, U.S. Secretary of Education under Bill Clinton.
  5. Creating a brighter future for you and your loved ones - Breaking down cultural barriers and creating an international identity for all people truly begins with learning another language. Through learning the language we can better understand their culture and expressions.
  6. To appreciate international literature, music, art and film - The satisfaction of being able to explore the fine arts and film in different languages enables us to truly appreciate the world around us.
  7. To make travel more feasible and enjoyable - When traveling abroad often or not, we have to speak a foreign language in order to get around. Sometimes however two different people from two different countries find a neutral language to express themselves.
  8. To expand study, live and work abroad options - “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost, American poet.
  9. To increase understanding of oneself and ones’ own culture - “As the traveller who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own.” – Margaret Mead, American anthropologist
  10. To make lifelong friends - “The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.” – Henry Boye, author

Please speak to any LOTE Staff member or to Mrs Shadwick if you have any questions with choosing Languages in 2016.

Mrs Shadwick
Head of Languages