Oatley Senior Campus

Georges River College

Telephone02 8567 3700



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.

Increasing global connectedness means that being able to communicate across cultural boundaries is a skill that is more important than ever.

Students may benefit from learning additional language(s) by:

  • being able to positively transfer literacy skills between languages, as they learn about grammatical structures and broaden their vocabulary
  • improving listening skills, higher order thinking skills, knowledge retention and general mental flexibility developing more open and curious attitudes to other cultures.

The study of a language is compulsory for 100 hours in one continuous school year from Year 7 to Year 10, but preferably in Years 7 or 8.

In Years 11 and 12, NSW schools offer a wide variety of languages, catering for beginning students to background speakers.