Mount Lawley Senior High School is a Department of Education specialist high school offering special placement in Languages. The GAT Languages offered are Chinese and Italian, and students may have the opportunity, if timetabling will allow for it, to select from our other languages (German, French and Indonesian) to study as a separate component from the specialist language.
Up to 32 students are selected after undergoing tests to form the GAT Language Class. This group has four lessons per week in their GAT Language Program, providing them with the opportunity for extension, enrichment and differentiation in their language studies.
Stimulating, Interesting and Challenging Programmes
A variety of methodologies are utilised to provide all our Language students with a rich learning environment. The use of Native Speakers in our
classrooms allow students to hear the language in a real and authentic context and provides them with the opportunity to practise their conversational skills. As a Specialist Language school we provide opportunities for our students to interact with exchange students their own age who can share cultural and linguistic knowledge.
Exciting and Rewarding Exchange Trips
Students have the opportunity to travel to China, France, Reunion, Germany, Malaysia and Italy as part of a tour group or individually as exchange students. Their experiences have enabled them to improve their linguistic ability, gain cultural insights as well as make lifelong friendships. Mount Lawley Senior High School has a sister school relationship with No 14 Middle School in Hangzhou , China and Istituto d'Istruzione Superiore B. Pinchetti in Tirano Italy and students and teachers regularly exchange cultural visits.
Academic Excellence in Languages
Our students have demonstrate high standards of proficiency in Languages by attaining excellent results in Language competitions both at a state and national level. Students have been awarded trips to China after winning speaking and performance competitions in the target language. Many of our students have pursued their Language studies at Universities in Western Australia and overseas.
Asian and European Language Hub
Mount Lawley is the Leader school for the Department's new initiative which involves our teachers and students collaborating with our Primary Partner schools to build bridges of language learning and ensure continuity in the students' language studies.
Communication and Culture
The aim of our Languages program is to give students a varied, enjoyable learning experience which provides them with every opportunity to develop linguistic skills as well as gain an appreciation and understanding of the culture whose language they are learning.