NSW School of Languages

Learn locally. Communicate globally.

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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 online learning materials, telephone lessons, video conferencing, online forums, email 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 450 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 an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) to students in regional government secondary schools.

In the 2019 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 11 courses. Forty-six students were placed in the top 5 in the state.

Of almost 900 HSC students, 68% of students achieved a mark in the top two bands. Of the students studying an Extension course, 96% of students achieved in the top 2 bands.

In 2020, teachers will be working on updating the Beginners courses and participating in professional learning on language pedagogy, assessment and working with students with special needs.

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 examinations. 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