In NSW high schools, languages is a key learning area.
Language study allows students to develop communication skills, learn about languages as systems and explore the relationship between language and culture. Students engage with the linguistic and cultural diversity of societies and reflect on their understanding of social interactions.
The study of a language is compulsory for 100 hours in one continuous school year from Year 7 to Year 10.
Currently, students are given a taste of four different languages in Year 7 and then given a choice of what language they would like to study in depth in Year 8. These subjects are:
These subejcts may also be selected as an elective in Years 9 and 10.
In Years 11 and 12, NSW schools offer a wide variety of languages, catering for beginning students to background speakers. Courses offered include:
- French Beginners
- French Continuers
- Italian Beginners
- Japanese Beginners
- Japanese Continuers
- Japanese Extension
- Spanish Beginners
- Spanish Continuers