Languages


Beginning Continuing and Advanced Languages

Beginning courses are for students with minimum prior experience in the language. Continuing courses are suitable for students with a basic working knowledge of everyday usage in the language, building on prior language learning, such as completion of language studies in high school. Advanced courses are for students who are background speakers with significant prior use of the language.

Chinese

Beginning (A/T) Continuing (A/T) or Advanced (A/T)

Chinese is the language of communication for approximately one quarter of the world’s population. It is one of the official languages of the United Nations. China has a significant profile in economic, political and cultural developments, both globally and in the Asia-Pacific region.

French

Beginning (A/T) Continuing (A/T) or Advanced (A/T)

French is considered as a language of diplomacy and culture. It is spoken by more than 200 million people on the five continents and in the Pacific. It is the most widely learned foreign language in the world after English. Many French and English words share the same origins from Latin and Norman French, which speeds up the path to communicative competency in French for speakers of English.

Offered through the Canberra Academy of Languages, see below.

German

Beginning (A/T) Continuing (A/T) or Advanced (A/T)

German is an important language in philosophy, science, music and literature. Germany has one of the world’s strongest economies and is the biggest economy in western Europe. It is a leader in fields such as engineering and software development. English is closely related to German, with the connection going back to the Anglo-Saxon era, so many everyday
words and many turns of phrase are similar.

Offered through the Canberra Academy of Languages, see below.

Indonesian

Beginning (A/T) Continuing (A/T) or Advanced (A/T)

Indonesian is spoken by more than 250 million people –and is the language of our closest large neighbouring country; it is
also closely related to Malaysian. Indonesian is easier for English speakers to learn than some other Asian languages, because it uses the same script as English.

Offered through the Canberra Academy of Languages, see below.

Japanese

Beginning (A/T) Continuing (A/T) or Advanced (A/T)

Japanese is spoken by more than 120 million people. The written language uses three kinds of scripts – Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. The third of these has much in common with Chinese character script. Japan has a rich cultural tradition. It has the third-largest economy in the world and is an important centre for business, industry, technology, pop culture (including Manga) and martial arts.

Offered through the Canberra Academy of Languages, see below.

Korean

Beginning (A/T), Continuing (A/T) or Advanced (A/T)

Korean is spoken as a first language by more than 80 million people, according to Ethnologue. It is one of the four key Asian languages for Australian languages education. As a language using the phonetic Hangual system, the Korean alphabet makes Korean easier to learn than ideographic systems used by some languages. South Korea is one of Australia’s most important trading partners. It is a leading player in manufacturing and information technology, as illustrated by the high profiles of car manufacturers such as Hyundai and phone makers such as Samsung.

Spanish

Beginning (A/T) Continuing (A/T) or Advanced (A/T)

Spanish is spoken by more than 570 million people. It is a Romance language and shares its Latin origins with several other European languages, including French, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian. It is the official language in more than 20 countries and is spoken by a growing number of people in the United States. There is a large community of Spanish speakers in Australia and in Canberra, where more than 3,000 speak the language at home.

Offered through the Canberra Academy of Languages, see below.

Tamil

Beginning (A/T) Continuing (A/T) or Advanced (A/T)

Tamil is spoken by approximately 77 million people. Tamil language is a member of the Dravidian language family, spoken in India and is also an official language in Sri Lanka and Singapore. Tamil is also recognised as a classical language. There is a large community of Tamil speakers in Australia and in Canberra.

Offered through the Canberra Academy of Languages, see below.

Canberra Academy of Languages (CAL)

The Canberra Academy of Languages delivers courses in languages for senior secondary students who wish to study languages that are not available in their day schools or through other registered providers. Students receive unit credits towards the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate and if their course scores in languages are among their best four, these contribute towards their ATAR.

Students may be school-sponsored or family-sponsored for the cost of enrolment. We suggest that students who are doing their language course with CAL as part of their core study program may be sponsored by their college; and that those doing course with CAL in addition to a full study program with their college may be family-sponsored.

For interested families and schools, visit www.cal.act.edu.au.