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Languages Other Than English (LOTE)

At Benowa State High School we teach an internationalised curriculum with global perspectives. Learning a Language other than English enriches the whole learning experience.

Learning a LOTE is compulsory for all students in year 7. Students in year 7 will study French​, French Immersion,  Japanese, Spanish or Italian​.  

In year’s 9, 10, 11 and 12 students may elect to continue with their language learning and study French, French Immersion, Japanese, Spanish, Italian or another language of the student’s choice via Brisbane School of Distance Education (conditions apply).

Why learn a language?

Globalisation is already well underway! It is affecting not only where, when and how we do business, but many other areas of our lives as well.

People learn languages for a number of different reasons or purposes.

  • Work or career
  • Relocation or emigration
  • Family and friends
  • Study or research
  • Travel
  • Studying abroad
  • Culture

Whatever the reason, learning a language opens up doors to many opportunities and benefits. There are many personal benefits from learning another language.

Through the process of learning another language, students have the opportunity to:

  • become aware of new ways of expressing thought, helping them to become more innovative and confident problem solvers

  • develop a deeper appreciation of their own and other cultures

  • develop an openness to new ideas and an appreciation of diversity

  • communicate in another language

  • develop skills to assist them in all areas of learning

  • learn further languages more rapidly

  • improve their knowledge of the structure of language which usually produces improvements in understanding and the use of English

  • extend their career options.

"A different language is a different vision of life." - Federico Fellini, Italian film director

"No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive." - Mohandas K. Gandhi, Indian nationalist and spiritual leader​

Language perfect world championships


Benowa State High School once again was awarded the language perfect world championship winner for 2012. With 184 students involved in French and Japanese holding a score of 749,449 points over the silver holding school totalling a score of 580, 209. Not only did Benowa State High School come first in the world out of 799 other schools but we rated first overall in French out of 627 schools and fifth overall in Japanese out of 572 schools with the following student achievements:
  • 15 Elite awards - 10000pts
  • 110 Gold Awards - 3000pts
  • 18 Silver Awards - 2000pts
  • 26 Bronze Awards - 1000pts
  • 14 Credits - 500pts


The Language Perfect World Championships 2011 was won by Queensland school Benowa State High School. Our students answered over 1 million questions in the week long competition.