At the International School of Western Australia, we recognise that learning another language is an important part of developing a deeper understanding of the world.
We 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.
Immersion-Style Language Classes
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.
French and Spanish
We currently offer French and Spanish language classes in our academic curriculum. In the 2018/19 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 best language tuition available.
Co-curricular Language Options
In addition to our in-class language learning programme, 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 language lessons after school hours and on weekends, in conjunction with highly respected third-party tuition providers. Courses are for both children and adults and open to the community. A range of levels are offered, from beginners to advanced.
Our current co-curricular language classes offering includes:
- Dutch, offered by LanguageOne Dutch School
- French, offered by Alliance Française
- Italian, offered by Dante Alighieri Society
- Spanish, offered by Instituto Cervantes
- Mandarin, offered by ISWA
For more information about our co-curricular language programmes please contact our Registrar on Registrar@iswa.wa.edu.au.