The LOTE faculty is committed to LOTE education and support of EAL/D students at school. Teachers are dedicated to providing a quality learning environment which is conducive to students’ language acquisition and intercultural understanding attained through a range of engaging lessons and activities.
LOTE teachers have high expectations of their students and encourage all students to strive for their personal best. They are highly qualified to teach languages to students both in terms of content and current relevant language teaching pedagogy.
All teachers in the LOTE faculty have an understanding of diversity across various social and cultural groups and understand the relationship between language and culture. They all have at least two teaching languages. This is a faculty team which has developed a collegial rapport, manifesting in the ability to work together to solve problems and assist each other when needed.
The LOTE courses offered at Chatswood High School are Chinese, French, Japanese and Spanish. Four culture-oriented language courses are offered to all Years 7 students in our school. As a mandatory subject, Year 8 students can choose one of the languages to learn for a year. As electives in Stage 5 (Years 9 & 10) we offer Chinese, Japanese and Spanish in 2016, although we also have a Year 10 French class this year. In senior Stage 6 (Years 11 & 12) students are offered Chinese Background Speakers, Chinese Beginners, Chinese Continuers, Japanese Beginners and Japanese Continuers courses this year. In the future, we would like to offer more stage 6 courses, such as Heritage Chinese, Spanish Beginners or French Beginners.
All LOTE students have opportunities to enhance their learning while experiencing food, entertainment, music, cinema and cultural events. There is also a possibility of travelling overseas to experience the language and culture.
A Confucius Classroom was established in our school in 2015. It is one of the 13 Confucius classrooms supported and supervised by the Confucius Institute at the NSW Department of Education. The Confucius Institute is a joint venture between the NSW Department of Education and the Office of Chinese Language Council International in China (Hanban). In 2016, some projects will be carried out through the Chatswood HS Confucius Classroom to promote the Chinese language and cultural education.