The study of a modern language entails acquiring a language system and applying it in four active and interrelated ways: through listening, speaking, reading and writing. These four skills involve exchanging ideas and effective communication. Effective communication, in turn, involves the intellectual process of understanding how ideas can best be expressed to the audience concerned. Understanding ideas, and expressing them clearly and convincingly, demands an awareness of the cultural characteristics of the audience. The study of a modern language, at any level, should enable students to use it spontaneously and appropriately in unfamiliar as well as in familiar circumstances.
Aims of a Second Language
- To enable students to understand and use the language they have studied in a range of contexts and for a variety of purposes.
- Enable students to use the language appropriately.
- Encourage, through the study of texts and through social interaction, an awareness and appreciation of the different perspectives of people from other cultures.
- Develop students’ awareness of the role of language in relation to other areas of knowledge.
- Provide the opportunity for enjoyment, creativity and intellectual stimulation through knowledge of a language.
- Provide students with a basis for further study, work and leisure through language.
- Develop students’ awareness of the relationship between the languages and cultures with which they are familiar.