Intercultural Investigations (ICIS) is a subject that aims to help students learn about languages and cultures and how they connect and work together.
Intercultural Investigations may be taught as a precursor or alternative to language studies. The mandatory languages policy means it can no longer be taught to students as an alternative to the study of a learning area language in Years 6, 7 and 8.
Students studying Intercultural Investigations develop the following skills, knowledge and understanding about language and culture:
These understandings and skills prepare students for learning a second language in later years. They also support literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology skills.
While some students may learn basic communication skills in the language being studied through ICIS, the focus is on exploring cultures through language.
Students are encouraged to engage with the perspectives and practices of their own and another culture through the language by:
For more information, including rationale, curriculum, assessment and reporting, download the Intercultural Investigations overview 74k.
Teachers can also access online support materials relating to curriculum, pedagogy and assessment in ICIS, including units of work, through Blackboard 62k.