French is taught to all students from Kindergarten to Year 6 by a specialist teacher.
The program used at Hawker is based on the Accelerative Integrated Method (AIM). The program, developed in Canada, has proven to be a revolutionary new approach to second language instruction.
The students are actively involved in learning French through the use of gestures. The gesture approach is a technique that uses hand signs to help students learn and remember important vocabulary.
The gestures are then combined with theatre, storytelling, dance, and music to help students remember and use the language.
There is an equal and strong emphasis on the development of all four language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.