Students at Cape Naturaliste College will study a language in Year 7 and have the option of extending their language studies through to Senior School. Since 2022, the college has been offering French; the fifth most spoken language in the world, spoken in 40 different countries and territories. The skills learnt in a Languages classroom extend far beyond the contents of the curriculum. Students experience a range of enriching experiences both inside and outside the classroom; utilising cross-curricula skills of numeracy and literacy; aiding their reading, writing and language comprehension, as well as recognising and understanding patterns and sequencing.


In addition, learning another language can encourage:

  • Improved communication skills
  • Working in teams
  • Increase their critical awareness
  • Goal setting

French culture has had an enormous impact on areas such as politics, art, architecture, music, science, fashion, literature, film and theatre. An ability to communicate in French provides opportunities for students to learn about French culture and develop a sense of global interconnectedness.

Academic Benefits

Studies have shown that students who learn a second language tend to perform better academically in other subjects.


Students who study a language in Senior School are entitled to the ATAR bonus for Languages. 10% of a student’s final scaled score in a School Curriculum and Standards Authority approved language course will be added to that student’s Tertiary Entrance Aggregate (TEA).  A selection rank (ATAR) will be calculated based on the improved TEA.  (The TEA is the sum of a student’s best four scaled scores in WACE courses.)  This rank is used for entry to universities.

Beyond School Years

In an increasingly globalised world, knowing a second language can be a valuable asset in various professions. It can open up opportunities for international business, diplomacy, and other fields that require cross-cultural communication. Bilingual individuals often have a competitive edge in the job market, as many employers value language skills and intercultural competence. Students who have studied a second language are more flexible and resilient; with an ability to switch and adapt to different tasks accordingly.