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.
The study of a language is compulsory for 100 hours in one continuous school year.
In Years 11 and 12, NSW schools offer a wide variety of languages, catering for beginning students to background speakers.
Languages taught at Canterbury Boys' High School
At Canterbury Boys' High school we offer our students in Year 8 a comprehensive introduction to the French, Italian and Modern Greek language and cultures. Having a relatively small class size allows us to offer the boys a high level of attention which is essential for ensuring progress when learning another language.
Speaking, listening, reading and writing are taught. A thematic approach is used to include greetings, introductions, family, pets, culture, geography and history.
What will students learn about in the study of a modern language?
Students will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for effective interaction in a language. They will explore the nature of languages as systems by making comparisons between English and the chosen language. Students will also develop inter-cultural understanding by reflecting on similarities and differences between their own and the target culture.
What will students learn to do in the study of a modern language?
Students will develop the skills to communicate in another language. They will listen and respond to spoken language. They will learn to read and respond to written texts in the language they are learning. Students will establish and maintain communication in familiar situations using the language.
Students will explore the diverse ways in which meaning is conveyed by comparing and contrasting features of the language. They will develop a capacity to interact with people, their culture and their language.
Additional language opportunities
Mandarin is taught by external providers on-site each Saturday and Sunday during school terms. If you are interested enrolling in this program, please contact the Administration staff at the school who can provide you with the necessary information.
Some senior students elect to study a language as part of their HSC study. Options include enrolment through the Languages NSW or distance education.