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New HSC Spanish Course from 2016

For the first time ever, Waverley will be offering HSC Spanish Beginners in 2016. The big advantage of this course is that no prior knowledge is required. Everyone starts at the very beginning. We will also continue to offer French Beginners.

Why take a language course?

  • Spanish has 400 million speakers across 4 continents.
  • French has 200 million speakers across 5 continents.
  • Spanish is the 3rd most widely spoken language.
  • French is the 3rd most used language on the Internet.
  • There are more native speakers of Spanish than of English.
  • French is the only language, alongside English, that is taught in every country in the world.
  • Learning a foreign language helps you understand your native language.

What does an HSC beginners language course involve?

Objective 1 – Interacting (SPEAKING & LISTENING)

  • Students will develop linguistic and intercultural knowledge and understanding.
  • Students will acquire skills to communicate actively in Spanish/French in interpersonal situations.

Objective 2 – Understanding Texts (READING)

  • Students will interpret and respond to texts, applying their knowledge and understanding of language and culture.

Objective 3 – Producing Texts (WRITING)

  • Students will create and present texts in Spanish/French for specific audiences, purposes and contexts, incorporating their linguistic and intercultural knowledge, understanding and skills.

What are the advantages of studying a language?

  • Language is the basis of all communication and human interaction. By learning a second language, students develop knowledge, understanding and skills for successful participation in the dynamic world of the 21st century.
  • Communicating in another language expands students’ horizons as both national and global citizens.
  • It enhances creativity and develops more refined skills in analysis, negotiation and problem-solving.
  • The study of a language provides students with opportunities for continued learning and for future employment and experience, both domestically and internationally, in areas such as public relations, commerce, hospitality, education, marketing, international relations, media and tourism.

What are the opportunities at Waverley?

  • An Immersion Program to New Caledonia and Spain.
    This involves the opportunity to study in a language school and stay with a host family plus exploring the local surrounds and other parts of the country with afternoon excursions and trips.
  • A student exchange trip to a school in Paris.
  • Excursions to the French and Spanish Film festivals.
  • Excursions to restaurants.
  • Social Justice: Beyond Borders in Peru and a charity in New Caledonia.
  • Social skills development through foreign-language pen pals.

Learning a language is exciting and fun because you are learning a brand new skill and one that has a practical applications in the real world.

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Students historically do well in this course as they are boutique classes and motivation is high.

Want to know more?

Contact our Head of Languages, Suzanne Richards


Phone: 9369 0619