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Three students sit at a desk while one stands with them, pointing at the paper on the desk.Students in the Shenton College Languages Learning Area learn to communicate effectively in another language, and develop practical skills to assist in future social, cultural, and vocational pursuits.

The Shenton College Language Area utilises a range of learning technologies to enhance understanding of other cultures, and to expose students to authentic material in their chosen language. Language students are also given the opportunity to participate in an exchange program with our partners in Japan and Chengdu, as well as a French tour.

In Year 7, students choose from French, Japanese, Mandarin or Auslan (Australian Sign Language), either as beginners or continuing students. In Year 8 students must continue studying the same language they commenced in Year 7. At the end of Year 8 students can then choose whether to continue their language studies into Senior School.

Japanese and French are the current ATAR language subjects in Years 11 and 12, with Auslan joining in 2018. Our collaboration with the Shenton College Deaf Education Centre to progress the new Auslan course is a Western Australian first, and an achievement that we’re extremely proud of.