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Head of Department – Dr Glenn Davies

Junior Languages


Learning a language other than English enables a person to communicate across cultures, promote socio-cultural understanding and improve academic competence. Languages help learners to construct meaning in a culturally and linguistically diverse society.

Through the study of language, students develop a sense of cultural identity, self-concept and learn to negotiate and express meaning in a variety of cultural contexts.

Studies in Junior Languages focus on assisting students to use language to gain:

  • proficiency in a language other than English
  • an understanding of different cultures and societies
  • analytical and communication skills that enhance their learning in other areas of the curriculum
  • improved literacy skills through a better understanding of grammar and sentence construction


Students enjoy purposeful and active use of language in tasks that contribute to their understanding of many diverse issues and concepts and involve negotiation and socialisation with peers.

Most students in Year 7 and 8 study a language. Due to the progressive development of language skills, students are encouraged to continue to study in the same language from Year 7 to 8.


Highlights in Year 7 and 8 German

An array of excursions and events will also be on offer and may include:

  • a German Café ‘Deutsches Harmonie Café’ as part of the ‘Harmony Day’ celebrations at Craigslea SHS
  • the 'Audi Festival of German Films' sponsored by the Goethe Institute in Brisbane
  • the 'Oktoberfest for Teens' at the RNA Showgrounds
  • a visit to a German restaurant
  • exchange to Germany via SAGSE at the end of Year 10

Senior Languages


Japanese provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their understanding of the Japanese language and the communities that use it, while also assisting in the effective negotiation of experiences and meaning across cultures and languages. Students participate in a range of interactions in which they exchange meaning, develop intercultural understanding and become active participants in understanding and constructing written, spoken and visual texts.


Course Outline

  • Unit 1 - My World
  • Unit 2 - Exploring our World

  • Unit 3 - Our Society

  • Unit 4 - My Future 

A course of study in Japanese can establish a basis for further education and employment in many professions and industries, particularly those where the knowledge of an additional language and the intercultural understanding it encompasses could be of value, such as business, hospitality, law, science, technology, sociology and education.