At Dromana College we believe that second language learning is a core part of a child’s education at secondary school. Studying a foreign language is compulsory in Year 7 and 8, with languages then being an elective in the following years. All students are encouraged to continue language studies until the completion of VCE.
The study of a foreign language has been shown to have many benefits for a child’s learning, educational outcomes, career opportunities in later life and improved self confidence. For more information please refer to the link below.
Our dedicated Language Centre with video conferencing facilities is a great asset to the college and a fantastic language learning space which facilitates and supports changes in our instructional practice across the college.
Year 7 and 8
At Dromana College Year 7 & 8 students learn either Japanese or Indonesia for 140 minutes a week gaining a foundation in the language and culture of each of these countries. Students are given the opportunity to take part in a number of excursion and extra-curricular activities such as restaurant visits, speaking competitions and essay writing contests. For a detailed description of the content and topics covered in the course please refer to the Languages Curriculum Map.
Languages are an elective in Year 9 with both Japanese and Indonesian offered. Students build on their skills and knowledge to gain a more useable fluency of the language. Students at this year level can choose to complete a Certificate II in Applied Languages Japanese or Indonesian through CAE.
Students in Year 10 can elect to study either Japanese or Indonesian for 210 minutes a week. They have the opportunity to complete a Certificate III in Applied Languages Japanese or Indonesian through CAE.
At Dromana College both Japanese and Indonesian are offered to students in Year 11 and 12. Students have access to wide range of support such as practice with native language assistants, after school classes and many other extra-curricular enrichment activities.
Every two years students in the senior languages program have the opportunity to participate in study tours to either Japan or Indonesia/Malaysia, accompanied by teachers from the college. We believe it is important for students to experience the language and culture they are studying in an immersive and authentic environment.
Asia Day – Friday 18 July 2014
Dromana College again this year held its annual Asia Day celebrations to promote the importance of our Asian neighbours and the importance of studying a second language. The day was a great success with students participating in a number of Indonesian and Japanese cultural activities. These included activities such as playing angklung, batik, Indonesian dancing, Japanese and Indonesian cooking, Karate and sumo wrestling.
As part of the day, students heard from a number of speakers who use their language skills in everyday life. The College would like to thank all the speakers who attended the successful day.
Bottle for Botol
Dromana College is fortunate to be part of the 2014 Bottle for Botol project. Bottle for Botol is a ‘…water bottle exchange program, which generates partnerships between Australian and Indonesian schools to combat single-use plastics consumption.’ Dromana College has established a partner school in West Bali, and through engagement within this program our Year 8 language students are given the opportunity to build cross-cultural discussion and ‘…will emerge from the program with the tools and conviction to advocate for environmental sustainability and further develop their Australia-Asia literacy.’ Involvement within the program requires students to design a logo promoting sustainability in Indonesia, with the winning design to be printed onto stainless steel drink bottles. During Terms 3 and 4, our students will endeavour to sell the drink bottles within the wider Dromana College community. Every bottle sold in Australia will be matched by the organisation, to supply a drink bottle to a student in our partner school. Engagement with the project gives our students a more in depth look at environmental issues facing Indonesia and provides them with the opportunity to take a more active role in sustainability efforts.
More information about the project can be found on: www.bottleforbotol.org
Canberra Independence Day Scholarship 2014
On the 16th to the 18th of August, Ellen Easton in Year 11 and Mr Matulis took part in the Indonesian Independence Day Scholarship Program organised by the Indonesian Government and the Victorian Indonesian Language Teachers’ Association (VILTA). The aim of the program is to improve the language and cultural knowledge of local students and teachers. 6 students and 2 teachers from across the State took part in the program and experienced 3 days in Canberra at the Indonesian Embassy. The participants took part in number of engaging activities and experiences which gave them the opportunity to use and improve their knowledge of the Indonesian language and culture. These included:
Dromana College would like to thank KJRI and KBRI which generously donated their funds and staff towards this program with special mention to His Excellency Bapak Nadjiib Riphat Kesoema - Indonesian Ambassador to Australia for his hospitality during our visit and supporting this valuable program and to Professor Ronny Rachman Noor – Education and Cultural Attaché KBRI for facilitating the program in Canberra. Also a big thank you to VILTA Committee member Bapak Tom Pratama for organising this scholarship program this year.
Certificate II in Languages – Japanese and Indonesian
2011 saw an exciting new development in the Year 9 Japanese curriculum at Dromana College. In collaboration with CAE we are now offering our students the opportunity to acquire a Certificate II in Languages – Japanese and Indonesian. The VET in Schools program allows students to undertake a nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training qualification while still at secondary school. Students will receive a Certificate II in Languages from CAE, with the opportunity to acquire Certificate III during Year 10 and then continue their language studies in VCE. These qualifications are nationally recognised certificates, which focus on delivering practical language skills. We are focusing on everyday communication, in both social and vocational settings, so that students gain an understanding of what it is like to use the language. In this way they ‘learn through doing’.
If you have any queries about the course please don’t hesitate to contact the College.
We have an agreement in place with the CAE to deliver certificates in Japanese and Indonesian languages on campus, giving our students a head start with tertiary qualifications. If you have any queries regarding the course please do not hesitate to contact Miss Tara Moody, Head of Languages, at the College on 03 5987 2805 during school hours.
Victorian Indonesian Language Teacher’s Association – Speaking Competition
On May 9th, eight students from Dromana College took part in the VILTA Sayembara Lisan Indonesian Speaking Competition at Melbourne University. Around 700 students competed in this year’s competition state-wide, which aims to encourage students to learn and extend their knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia. The competition requires students to take part in 3 tasks – general conversation, presentation on a given topic and an unrehearsed discussion about their presentation. Students spend weeks preparing their language skills so that they can complete these tasks.
I would lie to congratulate those students who represented Dromana College this year:
ILPIC – Innovative Language Provision in Clusters Program
This year Dromana College, in partnership with Somerville Secondary College, has been working with local primary schools to provide language lessons to primary school students.
Dromana College Language staff, Miss Tara Moody, Mr Stewart Matulis, Miss Rachael Lavery, Ms Bronwyn Harder have throughout the year been teaching Years 5 and 6 students from Red Hill Consolidated School, Rye Primary, Dromana Primary School, Mt Martha Primary School and Sorrento Primary School, Indonesian and Japanese.
These lessons have been taking place using the Polycom web conferencing system. Dromana College staff conduct lessons from the Language Centre at the college using the Polycom system, which are sent in real time to the local primary schools. This program has been very successful and will continue in 2015. If you have any enquires about this program, please contact Miss Tara Moody at the College.
Language Perfect Results 2014
Language Perfect is a website which allows students torevise vocabulary andlearn sentences in 11 languages: Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Indonesian, Italian, Maori, Russian, Latin and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages). The website combines sound bites and text to provide various methods of learning languages.
This year, the language department enrolled all the students in the college who are studying a language to compete in the Language Perfect World Championships. Overall, the students did a great job in the Language Perfect World Championships this year. Please follow the link below to view our results for 2014: