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SOSE and Language

Chris Champion Head of Faculty, SOSEL

At Emmaus College we believe that it is important for students to develop an understanding of the social, economic, political and environmental challenges that confront us in our everyday lives.

We aim to encourage young people to be active participants through thoughtful decision making and to develop a greater understanding and tolerance for other cultures, concern for the environment and an awareness of global events, both past and present.

As a school with a commitment to supporting community, we believe that these skills are closely aligned with the attributes of a lifelong learner. It is with these understandings in mind that Study of Society and Environment (SOSE) is offered to students at Emmaus College as a compulsory subject in Years 7, 8 and 9 and through specific study electives in Years 10, 11 and 12. Languages (Japanese) is compulsory in Years 7 and 8.

From Year 10 students are able to undertake electives in History and Geography. In Senior School, students can select the Authority subjects Modern History, Ancient History, Legal Studies and Geography, as well as an Authority Registered subject in Tourism.

Emmaus College also offers an opportunity for students to embrace an exciting cultural experience by being able to study Japanese Language at some stage in their secondary schooling. All students will study Japanese for a semester in Year 8 and can choose it as an elective in Years 9 – 12. This study of language brings Japan to our classrooms and is aimed at providing realistic and engaging experiences to our students. Emmaus offers small classes with a communicative approach to learning and a variety of extra-curricular activities to ensure that students are able to access all aspects of Japanese culture. These include cooking classes, excursions to Japanese cultural centres around the region, and visiting the South Rockhampton Kindergarten to teach Japanese.










These activities complement the wide range of experiences on offer to students outside the classroom as part of SOSEL, such as a three-day roadtrip for Year 11 Tourism and excursions to Mt Hay, the Capricorn Caves and the Central Highlands as part of Geography.

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Junior SOSE and History classes have recently commenced using the popular video game Minecraft as a means to model and recreate different topics of study. This has been particularly useful in deepening understanding of ancient civilisations and their numerous fortifications and buildings.

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