Melrose High School has a strong focus on languages and offers four choices for language studies. Languages offered in Years 7-10: Chinese (Mandarin), Indonesian, Japanese and French which is currently offered to Year 7 students only. The study of a foreign language is compulsory in Years 7 and 8 and students are strongly encouraged to continue as an elective in Years 9 and 10.

Each language offers a rich language and cultural experience. Studying another language not only supports further career choices and assists people with travel, but also broadens students’ intercultural understanding. All four language courses include cultural experiences and interactions with native language speakers.

The courses in Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian and French are designed to help students of all abilities develop their communication skills. The school provides a range of experiences including overseas excursions, exchange programs and visits to local or interstate attractions. There are strong links with the local primary schools as well as the colleges; therefore, students can successfully continue their studies in a chosen language.

Learning a language provides students with rich learning opportunities to develop academically, culturally and intellectually. Students of Japanese and Chinese have the opportunities to travel overseas and experience authentic learning through our biennial exchange programs with schools in Makubetsu, Japan and Min De Junior High School in Taiwan. There are also opportunities to host students from these schools in their annual visits to Melrose High School.

Language Teaching Assistants

The teachers in Indonesian and Chinese are assisted by native speaking language assistants. They provide one on one support to students and give them additional opportunities to practise and enhance their language skills.

Enrichment Activities

These include:

  • All language students are encouraged to participate in the annual ACER Languages Certificate tests
  • Overseas and local excursions
  • Language Institute Competitions: Japan Embassy Essay and Mandarin Speaking Contest.
  • Special language Fun Days