Languages news K-6 and Languages news 7-12 provide teachers with updates and information.

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.

Support for head teachers

Our head teacher support document (DOCX 1.7MB) assists non-languages trained head teachers and executive who supervise teachers of languages. The document aims to:

  • raise awareness of the importance of languages education
  • provide an overview of language syllabuses K-10
  • provide an overview of Stage 6 language syllabuses and eligibility requirements
  • outline professional learning opportunities and support available to language teachers.

Important updates

August 2019Support materials for 2020-2024 course prescriptions for Stage 6 Extension courses published by the NSW Department of Education in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Modern Greek and Spanish.
August 2019Head teacher support document published by the NSW Department of Education.
June 2019

Course performance descriptors for the K-10 language syllabuses (2017-2019) published by NESA.

May 2019New 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 2019Sample units of work and sample assessment activities for Stage 4 for German, Korean and Spanish published by NESA.
February 2019Sample unit of work and sample assessment activity for Stage 4 for Italian published by NESA.
February 2019New 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 2018New sample scope and sequences for Early Stage 1 to Stage 5 French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Korean and Spanish published by NESA.
November 2018New 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 2018New 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.
April 2018

New sample scope and sequences, sample units of work and sample assessment activities for Early Stage 1 to Stage 5 for Chinese and Japanese published by NESA.

March 2018New 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.
August 2017

CCAFL Stage 6 Ukrainian Continuers course to be suspended following 2018 HSC examination.

June 2017

New K-10 syllabuses for Chinese and Japanese published by NESA for implementation from 2019 with K-6, Year 7 and Year 9 and from 2020 with Year 8 and Year 10.

June 2017

New Languages K-10 Framework published by NESA.

June 2017New 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.
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