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Subject Selection Guide

View the Online Subject Selection Guide created to assist parents and student to navigate their way through the HSC subject selection process.

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German Beginners

In the Preliminary and HSC courses, students will develop the linguistic and intercultural knowledge and understanding, and the speaking, listening, reading and writing skills to communicate in German. Topics studied through two interdependent perspectives, the personal world and the German-speaking communities, provide contexts in which students develop their communication skills in German and their knowledge and understanding of language and culture. Students’ skills in, and knowledge of German will be developed through tasks associated with a range of texts and text types which reflect the topics. Students will also gain an insight into the culture and language of German-speaking communities through the study of a range of texts.

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German Continuers

The Preliminary and HSC courses focus on the three prescribed themes and associated topics. Students will gain a broader and deeper understanding of German, and will extend and refine their communication skills in the language. As they expand the range of tasks, texts and text types studied, students’ knowledge and understanding of the culture and the language of German-speaking communities will develop further.

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Spanish Beginners

In the Preliminary and HSC courses, students will develop the linguistic and intercultural knowledge and understanding, and the speaking, listening, reading and writing skills to communicate in Spanish. Topics studied through two interdependent perspectives, the personal world and the Spanish-speaking communities, provide contexts in which students develop their communication skills in Spanish and their knowledge and understanding of language and culture.

Students’ skills in, and knowledge of, Spanish will be developed through tasks associated with a range of texts and text types, which reflect the topics. Students will also gain an insight into the culture and language of Spanish-speaking communities through the study of a range of texts.

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FAQ

Why are we offering German and Spanish?

These are the two subjects we have well qualified Christian teachers to teach.

Can I study other languages?

Yes. New South Wales School of Languages offers many languages via online learning. This is user pays - $800 a year. You must be an independent learner. Saturday School of Community languages offers many languages too. See the Language Department for information.

Do I have to write essays in the other language?

Not unless you are doing Extension in Year 12. Written work will consist of things like diary entries, emails, texts, postcards. It is one subject with no essays!

Are students who have previously taken German as an elective still be able to take German Beginners? Or will they have to take Continuers?

Students who have studied German in Year 10 can only choose Continuers. This is the case for any language. Beginners is for students who have done no more than one year back in Year 7 or 8 and have no background in the language.    

If you have further questions, please contact:
LOTE Coordinator - Mrs Chris O'Sullivan
cosullivan@covenant.nsw.edu.au