Albion Park High School has been developing a strong languages program across all stages of learning.
Students study the mandatory 100-hour course in Year 7. In 2017, students study either Japanese or Italian depending on their classes. In Year 7, students explore the language through a range of topics. Some of the topics include introducing themselves, sports, hobbies, geography and culture. This year students will also complete a Project Based Learning task where they will produce a book in the target language based on what they have learnt this year. Students are assessed in the four macro skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Additionally, students have the opportunity to study an extension Japanese course in Year 8, which runs for one semester. Students will further develop their skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking. Students also complete a Project Based Learning task based on their chosen topic.
Students are offered the opportunity to study Japanese in more depth with this 200-hour course. Students studying Japanese at this level also have the opportunity of going to Japan in September 2018.
Students can choose to begin their language study at this stage, studying the Beginners course in Japanese, which works as an accelerated course. This course is catered for those students who have no prior knowledge or experience of the Japanese language.
If students have studied Japanese in Stage 5, they have the option to study the Continuers course, which is designed to continue directly from the Stage 5 course.
In 2017, Albion Park High School has both a Beginners and Continuers HSC course. These students will complete their HSC Speaking assessment in August this year.
Sister School relationship – Omiya Kita High School
Here at Albion Park High School, we enjoy a strong connection with our sister school in Japan, Omiya Kita High School. Students and our families host a student from OKHS every year for a week in Term 3. The aim of this program is for Japanese students to improve their English and to gain an insight into the Australian way of life. These visits are of great interest, enjoyment and benefit to our students and families. Our families also comment that they are surprised by how much their Australian family benefited from having Japanese students stay with them. This year, 2 teachers and 10 students from OKHS arrive on Wednesday 26th July and depart on Wednesday 2nd August. During their visit, they will participate in a wide variety of school-based activities, participate in Education Day and visit Shoalhaven Zoo.
Every two years, staff and students head to the land of the rising sun to participate in a reciprocal visit to our sister school. The next trip to Japan will be in September 2018.