Enhancing Fluency with 4 Language Options
The Language Department at AIS are proud to offer a plethora of courses in Chinese, French, Indonesian and Spanish which provide students with the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the language and culture of the country they choose to study.
At every year level, from Year 6 through to Year 12, students hone their skills in the language macro areas of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing, extending and refining their communicative abilities. The essential skills nurtured in their Language classes (such as analysis and memory skills) may then be applied across the curriculum in other subjects and also, importantly, outside of the classroom in real life situations whereby respecting, understanding and valuing other cultures is imperative.
For those students for whom English is not their first language, we offer a comprehensive EAL (English as an Additional Language) programme which aims to improve English language skills and facilitate integration into school life. Click here to find out more.
To find out more about the individual languages offered, click on the links below:
Chinese is the language of communication of approximately one quarter of the world’s population and it is one of the official languages of the United Nations. Amongst the many spoken varieties of the language, Mandarin/Putonghua, or Modern Standard Chinese, is pre-eminent. Chinese is recognised as one of the fastest growing languages in New South Wales and has one of the largest groups of non-English background speakers in Australia.
China has a significant profile in economic, political and cultural developments, both globally and, in particular, in the Asia-Pacific region. Australia has a strong connection through trade, political and cultural contacts with both the People’s Republic of China and other nations where Chinese communities are important contributors to their growth and diversity.
The ability to communicate in Chinese contributes significantly to the sociocultural and economic understanding between Australia and Chinese-speaking countries and enables students to gain insights into the contributions that have been made by Chinese-speaking communities to Australian, and indeed, to global society. For background speakers, this valuable learning experience is further enhanced by the opportunity to maintain and develop their Chinese language skills.
The study of Chinese provides students with opportunities for continued learning and for future employment, both domestically and internationally, in areas such as commerce, tourism, hospitality and international relations.
French is one of the major languages in the world. It is used in parts of Europe, Canada, North America, Africa, the Middle East, the West Indies, the Indian Ocean region and the South Pacific region close to Australia, namely New Caledonia, Tahiti and Vanuatu.
French has been, by tradition, the language of diplomacy. It is an official language in a large number of international organisations including the United Nations Organisation, the European Union, the South Pacific Commission, the Organisation for African Unity and the Olympic Games. It boasts a strong presence in international conferences.
For more than 200 years, Australia has had strong connections with France. In the twenty-first century, a strong relationship continues to exist through trade and investment, communication technologies, education, scientific and technological research, and cultural exchange.
French, English and other European languages share a common linguistic link with Latin. Through the study of French, students will experience and appreciate the richness and diversity of the art, cuisine, literature, film and music of French-speaking communities.
France is one of the leading destinations for Australian travellers. The ability to communicate in French enriches this experience and provides students with opportunities for continued learning and for future employment, both domestically and internationally, in areas such as commerce, tourism, hospitality and international relations.
Indonesia is Australia’s nearest Asian neighbour. The study of Indonesia and its national language, Bahasa Indonesia, is therefore relevant to Australian students. Bahasa Indonesia is spoken throughout the Indonesian archipelago. Furthermore, it is closely related to Malay and is understood in Malaysia and by Malay-speaking inhabitants of Singapore, Brunei and southern Thailand.
Indonesia’s rich and diverse culture reflects its long history at the commercial and cultural crossroads of South-East Asia. The study of the Indonesian language provides access to an important part of the rich cultural tradition of South-East Asia and provides insights into the art, music, customs, beliefs and ways of thinking of the people of the Indonesian archipelago.
The ability to communicate in Indonesian enhances the positive features of Australia’s culturally diverse society and helps to reinforce the ideals of mutual respect. It promotes understanding, harmony and cooperation between Australia and Indonesia.
Indonesian is an accessible language for school students. It is a non-tonal language with a Romanised script and regular phonetic pronunciation. The study of Indonesian provides students with opportunities for continued learning and future employment, both domestically and internationally, in areas such as commerce, tourism, hospitality and international relations.
Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. It is the official language of 21 countries and one of the official languages of the United Nations and the European Union. Spanish, English and other European languages share a common linguistic link with Latin.
Australia has strong connections through trade with Spanish-speaking nations, particularly those within the Asia-Pacific region. The Spanish language is widely spoken within the Australian community. Opportunities exist to hear and use the language in real-life situations. Spanish-speaking residents of Australia make significant contributions to the economic, intellectual, cultural and social affairs of the nation.
The study of Spanish provides students with opportunities for continued learning and for future employment, both domestically and internationally, in areas such as commerce, tourism, hospitality and international relations.
Mother Tongue Program
At the Australian International School, we are proud of the cultural diversity that pervades throughout the school and we provide the utmost support for students from every different background. Although our own roots lie in Australia, this ethos includes students for whom English is not the mother tongue.
In the same way that our English-speaking Secondary School students learn English language and literature within the curriculum, we offer all our mother tongue students, notably, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Indonesian-speaking students the equivalent opportunities in their own languages, as part of our progressive, high-level Mother Tongue Program.
The Mother Tongue Program provides quality language education in almost any language. The list of possible languages a student can study on the Mother Tongue program is extensive. If a student wishes to learn his/her mother tongue, and it is a language currently not being taught here at AIS, then we will seek a highly qualified tutor to help the student learn the language and culture of his/her origins.