Stage 6

The study of a language in Stage 6 enables students to develop skills in the areas of communication, intercultural understanding, literacy, cognitive and social development and general knowledge. It also helps to deepen students’ understanding and appreciation of the diverse attitudes within the wider Australian community and beyond. In Stage 6, there are 34 languages offered.

Join us on Yammer

Yammer is the Department of Education's social media platform – you can download the app to your phone or access it from the portal (under 'My applications'). Think of it as our virtual languages staffroom – a place where you can have a chat, ask questions or share resources with language-teaching colleagues.

Join us in the Languages NSW (7-12) group – this group is public, open to all departmental teachers.

You may also like to join the Languages NSW – Stage 6 Extension support (teacher-contributed) group – this is a private group, through which teachers can share material they have created.

Stage 6 courses

There are up to five courses of study available in languages at Stage 6 level:

  • Beginners
  • Continuers
  • Extension
  • [Language] in Context
  • [Language] and Literature.

Student eligibility for each course can be accessed on the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) eligibility criteria for Stage 6 Languages website.

Note: Not all languages have all five courses available.

Our head teacher support document (DOCX 1.7MB) unpacks each of the Stage 6 course requirements in more detail.

The Stage 6 language syllabuses are available on the NESA HSC Languages page.

Stage 6 school-based assessment requirements

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) released Stage 6 school-based assessment requirements, effective from Term 1 2018 for Year 11 and Term 4 2018 for Year 12. Download and read NESA’s Assessment and Reporting documents for each course.

Assessment and Reporting in Beginners Stage 6

Assessment and Reporting in Continuers Stage 6

Assessment and Reporting in Extension Stage 6

Assessment and Reporting in [Language] in Context Stage 6

Assessment and Reporting in [Language] and Literature Stage 6

Sample assessment schedules

Sample assessment schedules for each course are available on NESA’s website. Follow the link to the relevant language course.

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