Languages

Contemporary research tells us that bilingual students cognitively outstrip their monolingual counterparts. The benefits of learning a language are as much about enhancing learning as about being able to communicate with others. 

Students learn languages through a variety of activities

Second and Third Language Programs

At International Grammar School, studying a second language is compulsory for all students from Preschool to Year 10. Second languages include French, German, Italian or Japanese.

The second language program includes bilingual partial immersion from Preschool to Year 6. Students' skills develop by hearing and using the language in songs, games and craft activities, integrated with selected units of core curriculum delivered in the language.

Students continue to study the second language in Years 7 to 10. For students entering the School at Year 7, a special beginner class is offered in one, or sometimes two, of the second languages.

All students commence a third language in Year 7, which may be continued as an elective subject from Year 9. The third language program currently includes Spanish and Chinese (Mandarin). All languages can be studied to Year 12.

Intercultural learning and Exchange

Students are provided with many intercultural learning experiences, including language camps, excursions, restaurant visits and cultural festivities.

In Years 9, 10 and 11, students have the chance to participate in our reciprocal Exchange Program with schools in Montpellier (France), Salzgitter (Germany), Rovereto (Italy) and Madrid (Spain). A reciprocal exchange program with China and Japan also provides opportunities for students to travel in accompanied groups to visit schools and experience homestay.

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Primary students attend immersion language camps

Our exchange program includes travel to France

IGS students visit schools in both China and Japan


Learn more about our language programs:

Languages in Early Learning »

Languages in Primary School »

Languages in High School »