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).