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Course Prescriptions for Stage 6 Extension Courses Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Modern Greek and Spanish – Consultation report

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Executive Summary

Introduction

The Consultation Report for the proposed course prescriptions for Stage 6 Extension courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Indonesian, Japanese, Modern Greek and Spanish for the 2014–2018 Higher School Certificate, presents data and findings gathered through 147 online consultation survey responses. The profile of respondents reflects a range of teaching experiences, locations, school systems, school sizes, and community and professional organisations.

An analysis of qualitative and quantitative data indicated that the majority of respondents agreed thatthe proposed course prescriptions provided opportunities for students to engage with the theme – the individual and contemporary society.

Summary of Key Matters Raised and Action Taken
Summary of key matters raised Summary of action taken
The suitability of the proposed text for Arabic, the novel One Night in Dubai. The matter was reviewed and it was found that the text satisfied the relevant criteria.
The brevity of the proposed extracts set for study from the Chinese film, The Postmodern Life of My Aunt. The proposed extracts set for study have been lengthened.
The appropriateness and suitability of the proposed text for French, the film Neuilly sa mère! The matter was reviewed and it was found that the text satisfied the relevant criteria.
The suitability of the proposed text for German, the film Am Ende kommen Touristen. The matter was reviewed and it was found that the text satisfied the relevant criteria.
The suitability of the proposed text for Japanese, the film Okuribito. The matter was reviewed and it was found that the text satisfied the relevant criteria.
The length of the proposed extracts set for study from the Japanese film. The proposed extracts set for study have been shortened.
The breadth and depth of the proposed prescribed issues for Japanese. The proposed prescribed issues have been reworded and made more explicit. The number of sub-issues (suggestions only) has been reduced.
The appropriateness of the proposed text for Spanish, the compilation of short stories in Cinco para las nueve y otros cuentos. The matter was reviewed and it was found that the text satisfied the relevant criteria.
The use of dialect, accent and colloquial language in the proposed texts for several languages. The use of dialect, accent and colloquial language in the proposed texts was deemed appropriate.
The availability of additional suitable resources to support teachers with the study of the new course prescriptions, including related texts. A resource list to accompany the new course prescriptions will be developed and published on the Board of Studies website.
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