Through the study of another Language we aim to develop the following in our students:

  • a positive attitude to language,
  • respect for other cultures
  • confidence in using the language
  • a desire to learn about the country where that language is spoken

Students can also  participate in cultural activities and excursions related to the language learning and have  the opportunity to participate in international language exchange programs and competitions run by various language institutes.

The language department maintains close connections with the Goethe Institute and Allianz Francaise offering students European Language Framework exams and excursions

Students studying German can visit our sister school in Germany as part of the Cultural Tour held every second year. Blackburn hosts the students from our German sister school on the alternative year.

Learning German and French

The two languages offered at Blackburn High School from Years 7–12 are German and French.

Language is compulsory for Years 7 – 9 students. After that students can elect to study a Language in Years 10 – 12.

Year 7 students make a preferred choice of Language as part of the enrolment process. Every effort is made to ensure the student studies their preferred language however this cannot be guaranteed.

Year 9 students may elect to study “The Ambassador Pathway” in addition to their normal Language classes to further consolidate their language learning.

High Achievers’ Program (HAP) students study one language for Years 7 – 9. The Language for this program is selected by the school each year.

VCE Languages

VCE classes in both languages run every year, and all students are encouraged to continue their post-Year 9 compulsory language learning.


Why learn a language?

Learning languages:

  • contributes to the strengthening of the community’s social, economic and international development capabilities
  • extends literacy repertoires  and the capacity to communicate; strengthens understanding of the nature of language, of culture, and of the processes of communication
  • develops intercultural capability, including  understanding of and respect for diversity and difference, and an openness to different experiences and perspectives
  • develops understanding of how culture shapes and extends learners’ understanding of themselves, their own heritage, values, beliefs, culture and identity
  • strengthens intellectual, analytical and reflective capabilities, and enhances creative and critical thinking.


Further information

For more information, please contact the Head of our Languages Department, Mr Anthony Stewart, by email