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Willoughby Girls High School

Willoughby Girls High School

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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.

At Willoughby Girls High School all students in following years are offered various languages to study.

  • Year 8 study a language other than English, chosen from French or Japanese. 
  • Years 9 to 12 students may elect to study French and/or Japanese for background speakers. 
  • Students in Years 9 and 10 Japanese will take part in a video conferencing program with a junior high school in Nagoya, Japan. 

All Languages students also have the opportunity to extend their language skills by entering the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) languages competition. All three languages are offered to students in senior years and can be studied at various levels, each of which has entry requirements. Extension courses are also available in senior school.