The College aims to challenge students to become global citizens with international-mindedness a priority in their thinking and problem solving. Through the International Baccalaureate Primary and Middle Years Programmes, the College aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable young people with respect for all cultures. 

Study of Languages

Through the study of languages, students not only acquire skills in a second language, but they learn more about other cultures and life perspectives, enabling empathy and identifying opportunities for service. The College recognises that every teacher is a language teacher, supporting student’s communication through both written and spoken forms.

Beyond Year 10 the language courses offered at Good Shepherd are Stage 1 and Stage 2 German and Japanese, and from 2021, French. Students may only select these courses if they demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the language. Senior students have the opportunity to attend Cultural Tours in Japan, Germany and Switzerland.

French Continuers -

 

Japanese Continuers - 1JAC & 2JAC

Japanese Continuers course is designed for students who have studied the language for 400 to 500 hours by the time they have completed Stage 2, or who have an equivalent level of knowledge. Students interact with others to share information, ideas, opinions and experiences. They create texts in language to express information, feelings, ideas and opinions. They analyse texts to interpret meaning, and examine relationships between language, culture and identity, and reflect on the ways in which culture influences communication.

Content
Stage 2 Japanese at continuers level consists of three themes and a number of prescribed topics and suggested subtopics.

Themes:

  • The Individual
  • The Japanese speaking Communities
  • The Changing World

German Continuers - 1GEC & 2GEC

The 'continuers' level languages are designed for students who have studied the language for 400 to 500 hours by the time they have completed Stage 2, or who have an equivalent level of knowledge. Students interact with others to share information, ideas, opinions and experiences. They create texts in language to express information, feelings, ideas and opinions. They analyse texts to interpret meaning, and examine relationships between language, culture and identity, and reflect on the ways in which culture influences communication.

Content
Stage 2 German at continuers level consists of three themes and a number of prescribed topics and suggested subtopics.

Themes:

  • The Individual
  • The German speaking Communities
  • The Changing World