At St Brigid’s College the students are given the opportunity to learn a second language. Aligned with the WA Curriculum, all Primary students engage in Italian classes. Secondary students study Italian in Years 7 and 8 and then have the opportunity to continue their exploration of the Italian language in more depth in Years 9 and 10. Currently Italian WACE courses are offered in Years 11 and 12.
Learning a second language assists in developing communication skills at a global level and improves cultural understandings.
Language in the Classroom
The learning of a language also entails immersion into cultural experiences. Students from Primary to Secondary participate in a variety of in-class and external activities all aimed at enhancing classroom learning and promoting cultural understandings. Activities range from culinary degustation, cooking demonstrations, opera, theatre and puppet shows, films and music in the target language, community guest speakers and volunteers, and participation in State and National Languages Competitions. Each element is carefully planned to challenge and motivate students to explore, create and achieve.
Beyond the Walls-Exchanges, Study Tours, Virtual Classrooms
At St Brigid’s College connections are forged with ‘sister’ Universities and Organisations in order to create real life scenarios for students to utilize their language skills. Our families in the past, have had the opportunity to host students from other countries and in return our girls have often had the opportunity of participating in reciprocal exchanges or Study Tours as a way of experiencing first-hand the culture and language of another country. These have not only enhanced the students’ language acquisition and provided insights into the heart and essence of the country and its people but, also nurtured personal development. We hope to continue these experiences in the near future.
St Brigid’s College also hosts University students from Italy who often choose to visit Australia in order to enhance their English. Through the WAATI Language Assistant Programme, students currently work in ‘virtual’ classrooms alongside our girls providing linguistic support and authentic language experiences.