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In NSW high schools, Languages is a key learning area.

Language study allows students to develop communication skills, learn about languages as systems and explore the relationship between language and culture. Students engage with the linguistic and cultural diversity of societies and reflect on their understanding of social interactions.

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.

The study of a language is compulsory for 100 hours in one continuous school year. Students may also elect a language course in Stage 5 (Year 9 and 10).

Language study at Waratah

Stage 4 (Year 7 and 8)
At Waratah Campus all students study the German language in Year 7 as their compulsory 100 hours of language study.

The study of German enables students to communicate with others in German and to reflect on and understand the nature and role of language and culture in their own lives and the lives of others.

This course has the following objectives:


  • interacting
  • assessing and responding
  • composing
  • systems of language
  • the role of language and culture

Values and attitudes

  • develop an interest in and enjoyment of language learning
  • appreciate and value their own heritage, culture and identity
  • appreciate and respect culture, beliefs and values of others through language learning
We also offer some Stage 4 electives as part of our EXCEL elective program.

Stage 5 languages (Year 9 and 10)

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

Waratah Campus currently offers the following electives in Stage 5:

  • German (100 Hours or 200 Hours) – an opportunity for students to continue their learning of the German language.
  • Languages (100 Hours) – an introduction to a variety of languages and cultures such as French, Japanese, Spanish, Indonesian.

Languages at HSC level

In Years 11 and 12, NSW schools offer a wide variety of languages, catering for beginning students to background speakers. Students may continue with their chosen language/s in Stage 6, and/or commence the study of a new language.

Jesmond Senior Campus currently offer a variety of language subjects including German, French and Japanese.