The Department of Education, through its Learning and Teaching Directorate, offers a number of initiatives in languages programs.
The Confucius Institute at NSW Department of Education supports the teaching and learning of Chinese in NSW public schools, including in its affiliated 13 Confucius Classrooms.
The Nihongo Tanken Centre provides a stimulating and authentic Japanese environment where students from Kindergarten to Year 12 can use and further develop their Japanese language skills.
Bilingual Schools Program
The NSW Bilingual Schools Program aims to achieve greater fluency in priority Asian languages at four government primary schools. Students learn the targeted Asian language for up to one and a half hours each school day.
The four schools involved in the program and their targeted languages are:
- Rouse Hill Public School – Chinese
- Scotts Head Public School – Indonesian
- Murray Farm Public School – Japanese
- Campsie Public School – Korean.
Community Languages Program
The Community Languages Program K–6 currently provides an opportunity for primary school students to gain and/or further develop communication skills in a chosen community language. Schools may apply to participate in the program when:
- funding is available
- the selected language is spoken by the school community
- parental, community and staff support is present.
There are currently 32 community languages being taught by specialist language teachers in NSW government schools.
Further information on the Bilingual Schools Program and Community Languages Program is available from early learning and primary education.