Languages Year 7 – Year 10


PLC is committed to the delivery of a high-quality curriculum that promotes excellence and provides challenging and engaging programs for all students.

PLC is also committed to creating global citizens with deep inter-cultural understandings, an open-mind and a readiness for meeting and creating meaningful relationships with people from different backgrounds , for travelling and for working in the world. As such, the study of a Second Language is compulsory until the end of Year 10.

PLC offers courses for Second language learners only.


Please note the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) has rules in place regarding students’ eligibility to enroll in a Second Language course in Year 11 and 12. This process is the same for all schools in WA and queries should be directed to SCSA. These rules do not apply to the Diploma program.


Students are encouraged to continue with their second language from Primary School to ensure continuity.


Teachers take account of the range of students’ current levels of learning, strengths, goals and interests and make adjustments where necessary in order to personalise their learning.


In Years 7 and 8, students will be placed in either a beginners course (if they have never studied the language previously or have had minimal exposure to the language) or in a continuers course, wherever possible.  The courses, expectations and assessments will be different, allowing students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills at the appropriate levels.

We currently offer French as a Second Language and Mandarin as a Second Language in Years 7 and 8.


In Years 9 and 10, students will cover the same content and prepare the foundations for Year 11 and 12 WACE and Diploma in terms of language, techniques and skills. We currently offer Mandarin as a second and first Language and French as a Second Language. Students can also study Spanish ab initio (beginners) at DP level in Years 11 and 12.


Students arriving in Year 9 will be encouraged to continue with their previous language. If this is not possible, students will be encouraged to start French.


Students wishing to study Mandarin will be interviewed by the Mandarin teacher to determine suitability for the course.


Students arriving after Term 1 in Year 9 will be encouraged to continue with their previous language. If the language is not offered at PLC, students will not be required to study another language.


Note: if a student wishes to continue with another language not offered at PLC, special accommodations may be discussed with the Head of Languages and / or the Director Learning.




Students will learn their Second Language in a rich, engaging and multi-faceted environment. Students will learn to engage in communication, both oral and written as well as understanding and responding to different texts (including viewing, listening and reading).


Year 7 and 8: oral communication, written communication, responding: viewing and listening as well as responding: reading will be worth 25% each.

Year 9 and 10, to prepare students towards upper school, the weighting will be slightly different: oral communication, written communication will be worth 30% each whilst the responding: viewing and listening, and responding: reading will be worth 20% each.

Students will often have projects where they can demonstrate their knowledge, skills and progress in different ways.