Planning, programming and assessing languages 11–12

Resources to support you with implementation of language syllabuses in Years 11 and 12.

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.

HSC monitoring

Visit our Stage 6 monitoring and support page to learn about HSC monitoring.


Assessment in Stage 6 (NESA) contains information on school-based assessment requirements, principles of assessment, assessment in practice and awarding grades.

Stage 6 school-based assessment in languages e-learning

This e-learning guides you through approaches to setting non-HSC-style tasks. The course is accredited for 3 hours of professional learning.

Please contact if you would like to enrol in the course.

Developing a notice of assessment

A notice of assessment is the formal written advice you provide to your students about the assessment requirements of each assessment of learning task for their language course.

We have developed a guide for teachers of Stage 6 languages (Stage 6 languages – developing a notice of assessment (DOCX 2.6 MB)) providing information on the thinking, intentions and design that go into a notice of assessment. The guide:

  • highlights the importance of backward mapping
  • outlines suggested considerations which can impact planning, programming and assessment
  • includes 3 sample notices of assessment, which include NESA’s school-based requirements.

Stage 6 Continuers – answering listening and reading questions

In Stage 6 [Language] Continuers courses for modern languages, students are required to answer different types of listening and reading questions, depending on the outcome(s) being assessed. This document explores a range of question keywords used in Stage 6 [Language] Continuers courses, a range of questions that address outcomes 3.1-3.6. and a range of sample answers to demonstrate ways to effectively answer these questions.

Stage 6 Continuers – answering listening and reading questions (DOCX 394 KB)

HSC hub

The HSC hub for Languages provides advice documents for each of the course levels.

Language-specific support

Select a course name to find resources such as scope and sequences, units and assessment tasks, with marking guidelines.


  • Teaching and learning

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  • Educational Standards
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