At Applecross Senior High School, we offer French as a Second Language (FSL) and Japanese as a Second language (JSL). The languages team includes three specialist French, and two Japanese teachers, two language assistants, and volunteer native speakers. Students studying in specialised classrooms and rich cultural exchanges are a regular part of this subject area.

In Year 7 and 8, students can choose either French or Japanese at the start of their enrolment. Later at the end of Year 8, students can elect to continue to study in Year 9 and 10 in preparation for senior school courses of JSL or FSL as an elective. In Year 11 and 12, JSL and FSL can be chosen at an ATAR level. All Year 10 students who choose to continue their language study into year 11 will be required to complete an application form for SCASA, and this is done through their language classes at school.

Some advantages of learning a second language like JSL or FSL manifest in improved communication, respect for others, listening skills, an ability to discuss and reason with others, improved logical thinking, general confidence, and the ability to adapt in new environments.

In addition, four WA universities – UWA, Curtin, Murdoch and Edith Cowan – give a 10% bonus for students who gain a WACE score in a language. The 10% bonus applies to the student’s score for their language, whether or not the language is one of their four best subjects, and it does not matter which university course a student chooses.

As part of the Languages enrichment at AXSHS, we have a Native Speaker Tuition program. Year 11 and 12 students have the opportunity to practise their speaking with native speakers once a week. In addition, there are specialised Language Assistants who work with both groups and individual students throughout the school year.

Prior to COVID-19, Applecross SHS regularly held exchange tours between France (Avion) and Japan (Takarazuka). Once the Department of Education allows for the safe resumption of international tours, Applecross languages coordinators will re-open these rich and dynamic opportunities for our senior students.