Language study provides students with the opportunity 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.
In NSW primary schools, the study of a language is optional.
In NSW secondary schools, languages is a Key Learning Area. The study of a language is compulsory for 100 hours in one school year in Stage 4 or 5, but preferably in Stage 4.
In Stage 6, a wide variety of languages is offered in NSW schools, catering for beginning students to background speakers.
The K-10 language syllabuses are available on the NESA K-10 Languages page.
The Stage 6 language syllabuses are available on the NESA HSC Languages page.
Course performance descriptors for the K-10 language syllabuses (2017-2019) published by NESA.
|May 2019||New 7-10 programming resources published by the NSW Department of Education, including programming guidelines, sample unit of work proformas (sample 1 and sample 2) and a backward mapping tool.|
|April 2019||Sample units of work and sample assessment activities for Stage 4 for German, Korean and Spanish published by NESA|
|February 2019||Sample unit of work and sample assessment activity for Stage 4 for Italian published by NESA.|
|February 2019||New K-10 syllabuses for Arabic, Modern Greek, Turkish and Vietnamese published by NESA for implementation from 2020 with K-6, Year 7 and Year 9 and from 2021 with Year 8 and Year 10.
In 2019, schools will continue to implement the 2003 syllabus documents.
|November 2018||New sample scope and sequences for Early Stage 1 to Stage 5 French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Korean and Spanish published by NESA.|
|November 2018||New HSC course prescriptions for the 2020-2024 HSC for Stage 6 Extension courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Modern Greek and Spanish published by NESA. Implementation of the new course prescriptions will commence at the start of Term 4 2019 for the 2020 HSC examination.|
|August 2018||New support materials for Chinese and Literature, Indonesian and Literature, Japanese and Literature and Korean and Literature published by the NSW Department of Education.|
|July 2018||CCAFL Stage 6 Indonesian in Context course to be suspended following 2019 HSC examination.|
|May 2018||Stage 6 Arabic Beginners course to be suspended following 2019 HSC examination.|
|March 2018||New K-10 syllabuses for French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Korean and Spanish published by NESA for implementation from 2019 with K-6, Year 7 and Year 9 and from 2020 with Year 8 and Year 10.|
CCAFL Stage 6 Ukrainian Continuers course to be suspended following 2018 HSC examination.
New Languages K-10 Framework published by NESA.
|June 2017||New course prescriptions for Stage 6 Language and Literature courses in Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese and Korean 2019-2023 published by NESA for implementation from Term 1 2018.|