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In NSW high schools, languages is a key learning area.

Welcome to Languages

The Languages faculty offers students the opportunity to study a language other than English. The study of a foreign language not only enables students to communicate with others, but also enhances their ability to think laterally and solve problems, as well as to challenge themselves intellectually.

It is mandatory to study a foreign language for a minimum of 100 hours in junior school.

The languages studied are French and Japanese.

Students will choose the language they are most interested in and complete their mandatory hours in this language in year 8.

In Years 9 and 10 students can elect to study Japanese or French as part of their ROSA

In Years 11 and 12 courses offered are French Beginners, French Continuers, Japanese Beginners and Japanese Continuers.

Overseas Trips to France and Japan are organised for language students to have a first-hand taste of their chosen language and their culture. These normally take place during one of the school vacations and are often a hi-light of the language experience.

Enrichment activities include:

  • Use of a web-based language vocabulary tool called, Language Perfect.
  • Viewing of foreign films
  • excursions to French and Japanese restaurants
  • In class French/Japanese Breakfasts
  • Visits from Japanese students and exchange opportunities

Opportunities to participate in educational tours to France and Japan to enrich the students' cultural awareness have previously been offered. These tours provide opportunities to implement the skills and knowledge learnt in the classroom in a real setting.  These are of course optional and are dependent on approval by the DoE and the world's political climate and safe travel.

The study of a language is compulsory for 100 hours in one continuous school year from Year 7 to Year 10, but preferably in Years 7 or 8.

In Years 11 and 12, NSW schools offer a wide variety of languages, catering for beginning students to background speakers.