Course Information

Course Information

What’s a Flipped Classroom?


In the traditional model of classroom instruction, the teacher is typically the central focus of a lesson and the primary disseminator of information. Class activity is typically centred on the teacher who controls the pace and flow of the lesson.

The Japanese program has broken free of these traditional, and often limiting methods, and adopted a cutting-edge approach to teaching and learning. This approach intentionally shifts instruction to a learner-centred model in which class time is dedicated to exploring topics in greater depth and creating meaningful learning opportunities, while educational technology such as online videos are employed to deliver content.

This approach is commonly referred to as a “flipped classroom”. This mode allows for highly differentiated instruction, meaning more time can be spent in class on higher-order thinking skills as students tackle difficult problems, work in groups and research, and construct knowledge with the help of their teacher and peers.

As a result, a teacher’s interaction with students in a flipped classroom can be more personalised and less instructive. Students are actively involved in knowledge acquisition and construction as they participate in and evaluate their learning.

This mode of delivery…
  • Provides flexibility to work at one’s own pace
  • Caters for different abilities and different levels of language competence
  • Allows for different learning style preferences and task preferences while still providing the opportunity for learners to engage with the variety of experiences encompassed in communication
  • Increases motivation
  • Reduces stress within the learning environment
  • Encourages the development of autonomy and self-direction
  • Empowers the learner
  • Creates an environment where the facilitator can watch the learner learn and support the learner more individually
  • Has shown dramatic success in improving student learning
  • Provides opportunities for extension of high-achieving students

 Learn more about the SCCC program here.

My Flipped Classroom
Benefits of a Flipped Classroom

Why Study a Language?

Benefits of foreign language study:
  • Improved performance across other areas, especially Math and Science.
  • Improved verbal and spatial skills.
  • Improved competence in English with a strong correlation between foreign language study and increased reading comprehension skills.
  • Promotes creativity and improves attention to detail.
  • Significantly better performance on standardised tests (eg, NAPLAN, QCST).
  • Greater skills in divergent thinking also known as “thinking outside the box”.
  • Foreign language study strengthens the area of the brain responsible for executive function including complex problem solving, multi-tasking and focusing skills.
  • Promotes a higher density of grey matter (the brain’s neurons and synapses), which leads to improved memory and listening skills.
  • Studies have shown it can delay the onset of diseases such as Alzheimers and dementia

Foreign language study makes the brain more healthy, complex and actively engaged.

Most importantly, studying a second language broadens horizons and promotes inter-cultural understanding and what it means to be a good global citizen.

The importance of being
Asia literate
Kevin Rudd: Understanding “the minds of Asia” is crucial for Australia

Bonus Rank Scheme – Get extra points for uni!

Did you know…

…that a number of Queensland universities, including UQ, QUT and Griffith Universities, operate a Bonus Rank Scheme for Year 12 students applying to commence tertiary study at these universities?

What is the “Bonus Rank Scheme”?

The Bonus Rank Scheme is a government initiative providing incentives to Year 12 students to learn languages and advanced maths. School-leavers will improve their entry rank by successfully completing Maths C or its equivalent, a foreign language, and/or a university level course at university concurrently with their senior program. This could potentially open up a range of new course options that weren’t previously available to you.

How will bonus points be applied to your OP?

A student’s Overall Position (OP) is converted to a Queensland entry rank to which the bonus points are applied. The student then competes on the basis of the new rank. There is no separate application process as the points are awarded automatically.

Students should think very carefully about how the Bonus Rank Scheme could benefit them when it comes to subject selection, no matter what year of study they are in. Foreign languages, for example, would be extremely difficult to commence at senior level if the previous years of study have not been completed successfully. Because of this, the importance of this information applies just as much to current Year 7 students as it does those students entering into Year 11.

If you have any questions regarding the Bonus Rank Scheme in relation to foreign language study, please don’t hesitate to contact our Japanese teacher, Tommy Yoshikawa here at the College.

Course Outlines

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Useful Resources

YouTube Links
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The Cognitive Benefits of Being Bilingual

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Mapping the Bilingual Brain

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Myths about bilingualism

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