Languages

Genazzano has had a long tradition of offering students the opportunity to excel in the study of languages other than English. We strongly believe in making language come alive for our students. Students are immersed in the study of a language from the early years of learning, through to an advanced VCE level.

The Program

Our language programs challenge students to:

  • acquire communicative skills in the languages studied
  • reinforce a deeper appreciation of their own language
  • increase awareness and understanding of other cultures.

Biannual language and cultural tours and exchange programs with schools in China, Italy, France and Japan further support and enhance these aims.

Curriculum

Early Learning Centre (ELC)

In ELC, Chinese (Mandarin) is studied.

Junior School

From Prep to Year 4, students study Chinese (Mandarin) and Italian, using a gestural-based approach.

In Year 5 to 6, students may choose to study Chinese (Mandarin) or Italian, in a more formal, academic manner.

Senior School

In Year 7 to 8, students choose two languages from:

  • French
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Chinese (Mandarin)

In Year 9, students must maintain at least one of their chosen languages from Year 7-8.

Genazzano offers a unique Immersion Day Program for Year 9 students, allowing them to experience language and culture in an authentic setting and context.

In Year 10, the following languages are offered as electives:

  • French
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Chinese (Mandarin)

In Year 11 to 12, the following languages are offered as Units 1 & 2 and Units 3 & 4 studies, respectively:

  • French
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Chinese (Mandarin)