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:
- [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.
Sample assessment schedules
Sample assessment schedules for each course are available on NESA's website. Follow the link to the relevant language course.
Learning from home
Useful languages links for Years 11-12 (DOCX 70KB) outlines additional resources to support teaching at home.
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:
- Camden Haven High School Distance Education (Port Macquarie)
- Dubbo School of Distance Education (Dubbo)
- Finigan School of Distance Education (Queanbeyan)
- NSW School of Languages (Petersham)
- Southern Cross School of Distance Education (Ballina).
Saturday School of Community Languages
Saturday School of Community 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 15 centres located in Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle.