Classical Languages K-10 (2022) Syllabus – information for school leaders
The Classical Languages K-10 (2022) Syllabus replaces the Classical Greek K-10 (2003) Syllabus and the Latin K-10 (2003) Syllabus
The NSW Classical Languages K-10 (2022) Syllabus recognises the critical importance of understanding a classical language and culture through the study of texts.
What you need to know
- The Classical Languages (2022) K-10 Syllabus is one of 4 languages syllabuses to be released as part of curriculum reform, along with Aboriginal Languages K-10, Auslan K-10 and Modern Languages K-10.
- The decision regarding which language/s to offer is made at school level, based on available resources, including access to qualified languages teachers.
- In K-6, languages are not mandatory. As such, schools are not required to introduce a languages program in response to this or any other new languages syllabus. However, primary schools which do run languages programs are required to use the relevant syllabus.
- In 7-10, students learn one language over one continuous 12-month period, preferably in Years 7-8 (‘the mandatory 100 hours’).
- For the mandatory 100 hours, there is no mandate for a school to implement a classical languages program – they can implement any of the K-10 languages syllabuses.
- In 2023, teachers engage with the syllabus, and plan and prepare for implementation of the curriculum.
- In 2024, implementation commences in schools, with:
- 7-10 mandatory 100 hour courses
- new 100 and 200 hour elective courses.
Classes which commence a 100 hour or 200 hour elective course in 2023 should continue to use the existing language-specific syllabus until the end of 2024.
- The Classical Languages K-10 Syllabus is a framework – schools implement the syllabus through the study of one or more classical languages, for example Latin, using NESA’s language-specific support (where provided).
In the Classical Languages K-10 (2022) Syllabus:
- the central goal is empowering students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to access and appreciate a range of classical texts
- a framework approach is used – teachers plan and program using the syllabus, together with language-specific examples
- there are 2 focus areas – understanding texts and intercultural understanding
- language-specific support will be provided by NESA for 4 classical languages.
Prior to implementing the Classical Languages K-10 (2022) Syllabus, leaders will need to consider the following.
- All syllabus content is considered essential learning in order to successfully demonstrate achievement of the outcomes. Schools cannot pick or choose from the dot points.
- A qualified teacher of the classical language is required for students to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding outlined in the syllabus outcomes and content.
- Teachers may need to access professional learning relating to the focus areas, outcomes and content of the Classical Languages K-10 Syllabus, and the impact these will have on planning and programming.
- Resource and budget implications, including adequate release days for professional learning and collaboration.
- What school practices and systems are in place to support teacher professional learning? How are these evaluated to maximise support for teachers?
- If your school only has one languages teacher, what explicit systems are in place to foster collaboration, for example access to teacher associations?
- How has the school engaged with departmental resources and support for curriculum implementation, for example, Curriculum Reform Communities, curriculum resources, professional learning, and DEL network initiatives?