Bonjour ..... Guten tag ..... こんにちは ... Buenos Dias .. Kia Ora
Southland Girls' High School offers five languages
French ...... German .......Japanese .......Spanish ...... Māori
The Languages Programme
All teachers in the Languages Department are specialist language teachers well versed in current language teaching methodology and pedagogy. Languages programmes are exciting and varied and provide students with a variety of learning opportunities that build upon the six skill areas of Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, Viewing and Presenting and Performing. Students participate in individual, pair and group activities that provide them with the opportunity to extend themselves in their chosen language. Teachers use a variety of means to stimulate student learning such as: music, video, interactive activities, role-playing, songs, magazines, books and other authentic products. The online language learning site www.languageperfect.co.nz is a tool that students can use for learning vocabulary both at home and at school.
Culture is taught alongside the language as they are interlinked. This results in students becoming more culturally aware and open to new ideas and opinions, thus preparing the girls to be global citizens of the world we live in today.
Students begin language learning from Year 7 onwards. In Year 7 students learn a language as part of the 'Language and Culture' Learning Package. In Year 8, students learn another language in the 'Travel the World' Learning Package. Thus by the end of Year 8, students have had two full semesters of language learning and discovering the culture and conventions associated with that language.
From Year 9 onwards, students can choose what language they wish to study. It is recommended that if students intend to continue studying the language for NCEA Level 1, they study the language for a full year in both Years 9 and 10. Language courses are offered up to NCEA Level 3 and Scholarship Level.
Reasons Why You SHould Study a Language
See www.international-languages-week.org.nz/ilw1.pdf for reasons why you should study a language.
Language Studies @ SGHS
Ko te kai rapu,
Southland Girls High also offer a wide range of activities for students to become involved in:
- International Languages Week Celebrations/ Competitions/ Quizzes/ Assembly Features
- Maori Language Week
- Manu Korero
- Kapa Haka
- Language Prefect Vocabulary Olympics
- Assessment of Language Competence Certificates (formerly known as Australian Language Certificates)
- Southland Interschool Japanese Speech Competition (held annually)
- Alliance Française Concours Speech Competition (held at Otago University)
- German Talkfest (Senior)
- French Camp (Senior)
- French/German Puppet Theatre Performance Group
- Japanese 'Taiko' Drumming Group Performance
- Deutschmobil Visit
For students learning languages there are also a number of scholarships available that enable them to travel overseas to improve their language skills. Opportunities include:
- Ministry of Education Language Immersion Awards www.afs.org.nz
- The Annual New Zealand - German Exchange
- The Annual New Zealand - French Exchange
- The New Zealand Institute of International Understanding Scholarship to Germany
- Society for NZ-German Student Exchange Scholarship
- Japanese-Language Programme for High School Students
- New Zealand Japan Young People's Exchange Programme (NZJYPEP)
The school also offers cultural exchange trips to Japan and New Caledonia. This gives students the opportunity to practise their language skills in an authentic setting.