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 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.
Languages at Carlingford High School
At Carlingford High School we offer a range of languages to our students across the various stages:
- In Year 7 students learn a new language each term to get a taste of the language on offer. Students learn Latin, German, French and Japanese.
- In Year 8 students study either French, German or Japanese throughout the year. Year 8 students participate in Languages Day, experiencing the rich cultures and foods of these three countries.
- Languages are not compulsory in Years 9 and 10 and are instead offered as elective subjects. Students may choose to study one or two languages from French, German, Japanese and Korean.
- French, German, Japanese and Korean Beginners, Continuers and Extension courses can be offered in Years 11 and 12 at Carlingford High School depending on the number of students. Languages in Context and Language and Literature courses are typically studied through NSW School of Language and/or Saturday Community Schools.
In addition to these formal units of study, the LOTE faculty also offers a number of clubs held during lunchtimes which are open to all students. These include:
- French Movie Club
- Korean Interest Club
- Anime Club