Wyndham Central College is very excited to be able to offer a Language Immersion Program. Research shows that Language Immersion is the most effective form of bilingual education designed for students with high communication skills.
Students that successfully complete the process to gain entry into the program will be given an exceptional and wonderful opportunity to learn about the Spanish language and culture. We are one of the very few state schools in the Western Region that offer the Spanish Immersion Program.
Immersion learning is significantly enriching and is a very common practice overseas, especially in Europe and in North America, while in Australia it is offered by only a few private schools.
After English, Spanish is the fastest growing European language. It is currently the 2nd most widely spoken language in the world with over 500 million Spanish speakers. Spanish ranks as the world’s No. 2 language in terms of how many people speak it as their first language. It is slightly ahead of English (328 million).
The Spanish Immersion Program at Wyndham Central College offers an exclusive and unique secondary college experience unlike any other; for those who want to extend their education through learning another language.
The Spanish Immersion Program starts at year 7 and concludes at the end of year 10. Students make a commitment to stay in the program for four years.
Then In year 11 and 12 students pursue further studies in the Spanish language. This further study may increase their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) score by up to 10%. At VCE level there are further advantages of studying Spanish, in that, it is generally scaled up to recognize the complexity of the subject. They are also awarded automatic bonus points for entry into particular courses at The University of Melbourne, Monash University and Australian National University.
The Spanish Immersion Program extends students to further enhance and sharpen their thoughts in the areas of creativity, connections to communities, culture and communications.
The Spanish language opens career pathways and travel opportunities. Students will also have the opportunity to travel overseas to Spain.
The Spanish Immersion Program at Wyndham Central College provides students with the deepest possible exposure to a second language and culture.
It will be expected that the student is fluent in Spanish by the end of their high school years.
HOW THE SPANISH IMMERSION PROGRAM WORK?
Spanish Immersion students at Wyndham Central Secondary College experience the Victorian Curriculum like the mainstream students with the exception that they are taught by a group of teachers that have knowledge of the Philosophy and Principles of Teaching and Learning Spanish Language and Culture in Year 7 to Year 10. The language and culture follows the student into their other classes. Making it easier to learn the language and culture compared to the traditional way of learning a language and culture.
During the Spanish language classes students learn new vocabulary and grammar that will facilitate their understanding in the following classes.
- Music and Arts
DURING THE SPANISH IMMERSION PROGRAM
English-speaking students in Year 7 begin the course with up to 10% of the curriculum in the second language and this continues into Years 8, 9 and 10. This program is designed for non-native speakers and must be joined in Year 7.
HOW DOES THE ADMISSIONS AND APPLICATION PROCESS WORK?
Parents and their child will go through the standard Wyndham Central Secondary College registration process. This is followed by the application process with the Languages department which includes an expression of interest, exam and an interview with the Language Immersion Leader, Primary school teacher’s recommendation also plays an important part. To ensure your child is accepted in the program, make sure to register as early as possible.
- Closing dates for applications: Friday 25th of August
- Language Immersion testing day TBA
To register for the Language Immersion Program, fill in and return the application form found in the download link below.
Alex De-leon – Leading Teacher Language Immersion and Internationalism
Ms Connie Faranda – Assistant Principal
Phone (03) 97414911