Languages is a thriving area of Hamilton Girls’ High School. We offer French, Japanese and Spanish from Year 9 to 13. Trips to countries speaking these languages are undertaken on a regular basis.

Our aim is to create global citizens who are sensitive to other people, who through their understanding of other cultures and people develop greater tolerance of individual and cultural differences.

Year 9 students all study at least one language for two terms. They learn to communicate various things such as basic personal information, along with some cultural ideas and traditions.

Year 10 Languages courses develop the foundations for further language study, by further developing the knowledge gained in Year 9 and extending this into other areas of interest such as food, leisure, school life and family.

NCEA Level 1 builds on previous knowledge with the aim being to develop survival skills in the language, so that if a student were to go to the target country they would be able to ask for directions, order food, buy things in shops and communicate in simple language on a range of subjects.

The aim for NCEA Levels 2 and 3 is to develop Social Competence, where students will understand various levels of politeness and learn a variety of ways to communicate their ideas, opinions and attitudes, and to support or challenge the views of others.

The Languages department is situated in G block, where we have the shared use of a computer lab and a kitchen where students have the opportunity to prepare food from the target country.

Languages could lead to careers in Public Service, Education or the Tourism industry. However even if the language does not directly relate to the chosen career, the multitude of skills gained from learning languages are valued by employers and will be useful in many careers and life experiences.

Language learning encourages people to be flexible and creative problem solvers who are tolerant of others and embrace change. They become confident at speaking in front of others and gain the ability to adapt well, and cope with the unexpected.

Improved memory and an increased understanding of English are also benefits of studying languages, along with the satisfaction and enjoyment language learning brings. In this digital age, being able to communicate in other languages is becoming more and more important, and with less New Zealanders having these skills, people who are able to converse in other languages are increasingly in demand.


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