Published on 2 August 2012
2 August 2012
The French language holds a special place in the Olympic Games movement, with announcements always made first in French.
This tradition seems to have influenced the University of the Sunshine Coast, which will begin its annual series of language immersion days for high school students tomorrow (Friday 3 August) by first focusing on French.
More than 230 students from nine schools will gather en masse at the University to speak nothing but French for the day. They will be aided by local French teachers and an ensemble of 29 USC international students from French-speaking countries.
Further language immersion days will be held for high school students of Japanese and Indonesian on Friday 10 August and of German and Italian on Friday 14 September.
The language immersion days are run by USC’s Faculty of Arts and Business, with support from local schools and the University’s international students.
Coordinator Gaby Ziegann said the days were aimed at providing plenty of fun, motivation and opportunities for interaction and communication.
“The language days are designed to help Year 10 and 11 students activate their language learning through interaction with native speakers, lectures, computer workshops, conversation classes and interactive activities,” she said.
The three language immersion days this year have attracted almost 600 students from 26 different schools, some from as far away as Brisbane and Bundaberg.
Students attending the French day tomorrow will be from Brisbane Boy’s College, Caloundra State High School, Caloundra City Private School, Dakabin State High School, Matthew Flinders Anglican College, Noosa District State High School, Sunshine Coast Grammar School, St. Theresa’s Catholic College and Moreton Bay College.
— Terry Walsh