Bilingual Program

St Anthony's Bilingual Program was established in 2020 at St Anthony’s Catholic College. Students have the opportunity to complete their Primary school studying Australian Curriculum through two languages: English and Japanese from Year 1 to Year 6. The Bilingual Program offers a dual focused educational approach used for teaching both content and language. Drawing from the Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) methodology which is used to teach subjects such as Science, Maths and Geography to students through a foreign language.

Why a Bilingual Program? 

There are many benefits for students learning the Australian Curriculum through two languages. Extensive research proposes many benefits for the learner of a bilingual experience such as accessing subject-specific language terminology and preparing them for future studies or work life however for a deeper purpose in teaching through this approach would be the cognitive development; the ability to think in different languages, that can have positive impacts on content learning (Marsh, 20009 as cited in Coyle, Hood and Marsh, 2010).  

Student who are in the Bilingual Program develop the following:

  • Problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Critical analysis
  • Teamwork 
  • Independent thinking
  • Initiative
  • Communication
  • Inter cultural competence / sensitivity  
  • Digital literacy
  • Resilience

What does a Bilingual Program Timetable look like?

  1. Students have two classroom teachers - English program teacher and Japanese program teacher.
  2. They spend approximately 11 hours every week with their Japanese program teacher and English program teacher.
  3. Students attend four hours of specialist subjects in English.

Apply to become a Bilingual Program Teacher!

St Anthony's is seeking dynamic and passionate Japanese teachers to join our progressive program, unique to Far North Queensland.

For more information about employment opportunities within the Bilingual Program, please call 4773 0900 or email or visit the link

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QLD 4818

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QLD 4818


PO Box 143
Deeragun, Qld 4818

PO Box 143
Deeragun, Qld 4818


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