As a truly international school, Southbank believes that being multilingual is essential in today’s modern world. Acquisition of more than one language enriches intellectual and personal growth and helps facilitate international understanding.
At Southbank, many aspects of language teaching are integrated into all areas of the Primary Years curriculum. While the communication strands of listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and presenting can be observed separately, they are also interrelated and interactive. All teachers are considered language teachers – with a special responsibility to recognise and support each and every aspect of language development.
Within the Middle Years Programme, students are also able to actively maintain and develop their mother tongue through a formal programme of instruction which has the potential to increase intercultural awareness and understanding, both for the student and his or her peers.
Within the Diploma Programme, students have the option to learn additional languages in greater depth, including Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Malay, Portuguese, Japanese, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish and Turkish.
English as an Additional Language
The EAL programme is designed to help students in Kindergarten to Grade 5 participate fully in the social and academic aspects of our school. The EAL teachers work closely with class teachers to support students’ oral and written communication.
Students who are new to English may receive extra support from an EAL teacher to assist their language development. The EAL teachers may also go into classrooms to support students.
Often students acquire social English quite quickly, but they can require continued support to develop their academic English. Academic language includes the specialised vocabulary and technical language encountered in units of inquiry and in informational texts.
English is the language of instruction at Southbank, but in our two primary campuses we also provide the opportunity for all primary students to learn an additional language – Spanish.
At Southbank, students learn Spanish in a supportive and engaging environment. They are encouraged to listen and speak as much as possible. They develop confidence as they learn through games, songs and activities designed to capitalise on their natural open-mindedness. The reading and writing of Spanish is introduced gradually as students become ready. Our intention is that students will develop fluency alongside a life-long interest and ability to learn new languages.
For detailed information about languages programme at Southbank, please view our curriculum guides below.
French and Spanish
French and Spanish are offered as a five-year Language B programme from Grades 6 to 10.
The programme aims to meet the needs of students of mixed ability and varied backgrounds in foreign language study. Through the study of a new language, students will develop the linguistic skills which are fundamental to the process of learning a language: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
The main objective is to help students achieve competence and proficiency in a new language. The curriculum encourages students’ curiosity, interest and enjoyment in a foreign language and provides them with the key communicative skills necessary for future study or work.
Through the areas of interaction, teachers encourage creativity, the cultivation of good study habits and open-mindedness towards people who speak other languages and come from other cultures.