NSW School of Languages

Learn locally. Communicate globally.

Telephone02 9381 4800

EmailNSWSchoolLang.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Principal's message

Welcome to NSW School of Languages, the only school in the state to offer the opportunity to study one or more of 12 languages to students in Years 9 to 12 from all education sectors.

We offer 69 courses in these languages:

  • Chinese
  • Italian
  • Modern Greek
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • German
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Indonesian
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Student learning is supported through a diverse program of written materials, telephone lessons, video conferencing, online activities and forums, email, teacher visits to the student's home school and study days at our school where students enjoy the opportunity to meet with other students and staff. 

The use of the telephone and video conferencing ensure that students have close connections with their teachers, despite the fact that they are not in the same physical space.

Our students are drawn from over 400 schools across the greater Sydney metropolitan area and other rural regions across New South Wales. 

In addition to foreign languages, the school offers Stage 6 English as a Second Language (ESL) to students in regional government secondary schools.

In the 2017 Higher School Certificate (HSC), 69% of our students achieved results above the state mean and NSW School of Languages students achieved First in State in 9 courses. Thirty-six students were placed in the top 5 in the state.

Of 662 HSC students, 70% of students achieved a mark in the top two bands. Of the 65 students studying an Extension course, 92% of students achieved in the top 2 bands.

In 2018, teachers will be working on the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Teachers will be maintaining their accreditation at Proficiency level and some teachers will be working towards Highly Accomplished and Lead level accreditation.

Teachers at NSW School of Languages are experts in their language. More than half of the staff assist the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) to mark the HSC each year with a significant number involved in the setting or assessment of the paper. Our teachers present their research and expertise in languages and e-learning to international, state and local conferences.

We hope that you enjoy your association with NSW School of Languages.

Hilary Hughes

Principal