Stages 4 and 5

Through learning languages, students engage in purposeful communication and reflect on the heritage, culture and identity of themselves and others. The study of one or more additional languages strengthens literacy skills in a student’s first language, and supports participation in the global community.

Language study in Stages 4 and 5

The study of 100 hours of one language over one continuous 12-month period is mandatory between Years 7-10, but preferably in Years 7-8 (Stage 4).

Students may also elect a language course in Stage 5.

In Stage 5, students extend their ability to communicate and strengthen their understanding of the nature of language, culture and the processes of communication.

Students may continue with their chosen language/s in Stage 6, and/or commence the study of a new language. View the Stage 6 section for more information.

Other options for language study

Secondary College of Languages (formerly Saturday School of Community Languages)

Secondary College of Languages offers students in Years 7-12 from government and non-government high schools the opportunity to study their background language if it is not available for study in their weekday school.

The school operates on Saturdays during the school term in 14 centres located in Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle.

Distance education – single subject language provision

If a language is not available for study at a student's home school, students in Years 9-12 enrolled at either a government or non-government high school can study a language via distance mode learning through a specialist distance education school.

The NSW Department of Education has 5 distance education schools located across NSW which offer students in Years 9-12, subject to quota restrictions, the opportunity to study a language as a single subject if it is not available to study at their registered school.

The distance education schools providing single subject language provision:

Case studies – high schools with successful language programs

In 2017, the Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation published case studies which highlight the school and classroom-based practices that 4 individual schools identify as contributing to their success in language participation.

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