A focus on language learning

At ISWA we recognise that learning another language is an important part of developing a deeper understanding of the world. We also view languages as one of the core elements of our international community. For these reasons, language learning is compulsory at our school from Kindergarten to Year 10.

Learning another language requires regular practise, immersion, and the ability to use the language in a genuine context. In most year levels we schedule the same amount of time for language learning as the other core subjects (up to 2 hours/week in Primary and 4 hours/week Secondary), and we offer immersion style classes, to ensure students will succeed. Best of all, the breadth of nationalities at our school means that children always have a native speaker to practise their new language skills with.

We currently offer French and Spanish language classes in the ISWA academic curriuculum. In the 2017/18 academic year the school will be delivering the majority of classes in the Primary School and all of the classes in the Secondary school in phases. This will allow non-proficient and proficient students to be grouped accordingly to ensure that they are receiving the very best language tuition available.

We also offer a range of co-curricular language learning options, both for our student and parent community, as well as the wider Perth community.

We offer co-curricular advanced language lessons for native speakers of French and Dutch, in conjunction with Alliance Française and LanguageOne Dutch School respectively.

We offer the following LanguageOne Dutch School courses:

  • Beginners Course 
  • Intermediate Course
  • Advanced Course 

From February 2018 we will also be offering Spanish and Italian co-curricular language classes. The courses will be for both children and adults and open to the community. Classes will be held after school hours and on weekends. All levels will be offered from beginners to advanced.


We will be working with the University of Western Australia (UWA) to prepare students for the Instituto Cervantes’s DELE Exams.

The Instituto Cervantes is internationally recognised as an institution committed to the teaching of the Spanish speaking countries’ language and culture. 

Interested? Information evening to be held at ISWA: Tuesday November 21 at 6:30 pm


From February 2018 ISWA will become a Dante Alighieri Society’s Centre. The Dante Alighieri Society is a worldwide recognised institution and it is dedicated to teaching Italian language and culture. It was established in Perth in 1954. http://www.dantewa.com.au/

Interested? Please attend our Dante Alighieri information evening: Tuesday November 14 at 6:30 pm

Spanish & Italian Language Classes: Information Evenings

We are holding information sessions for school and community members interested in our new language classes starting February 2018.

Spanish Information Evening: Information evening to be held at ISWA Tuesday November 21 at 6:30pm. 

To RSVP for this event, or for further information about the courses and enrolments, please email info.spanish.cervantes@iswa.wa.edu.au or contact Carolina Bertoncello on 0421612235.

Italian Information Evening: Information evening to be held at ISWA Tuesday November 14 at 6:30 pm

To RSVP for the information evenings or for further information about the courses and enrolments, please email info.italian.dante@iswa.wa.edu.au or contact Carolina Bertoncello on 0421612235.

We also offer a range of ESL support option to help our non-English speaking students develop their language skills and to assist them with our English-language based curriculum.

Please stay tuned for exciting new language learning opportunities in the near future.