Studies show that children who have studied a second language at school score higher on tests in reading, language arts, and math and show greater cognitive development in areas such as mental flexibility, creativity, and higher order thinking skills, such as problem-solving, conceptualising, and reasoning.
Learning a second language also equips you to communicate across cultures, empowers you to understand other points of view and allows you to participate in what is now a truly global economy.
At Matthew Flinders Anglican College we celebrate those advantages and offer our students a choice of languages in both Primary and Secondary school. Our program is constantly adapting in response to the ties Australia fosters with neighbouring nations and the strong cultural and economic relationship we have with visiting overseas schools.
From 2016 students in Prep to Year 4 will study a trimester each of French, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese while students in Years 5 and 6 will study a semester each of French and Japanese. In 2017 students in Years 5 and 6 will choose from French, Japanese or Mandarin and will be expected to continue that language until at least Year 7.
In Secondary School, French and Japanese are elective subjects in Years 7 to 10 and qualify as authority subjects for Years 11 and 12.