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Pennant Hills High School

Pennant Hills High School

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In NSW high schools, languages are a key learning area.

Language studies allow 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.

At Pennant Hills High School, we offer 3 languages: Chinese (Mandarin), French and Japanese.

Stage 4 Languages  (Mandatory)

In Year 7, students participate in two semester long taster-level courses in two out of the three languages offered.

For Year 8, students make preferences as to which of the three languages offered that they would like to study for the entire year; 100 indicative hours. There is no expectation that students must have completed the Year 7 taster course as a prerequisite.

Stage 5 Languages (Elective)

Year 9 and 10 students may elect to continue their language learning into Stage 5 by completing the 200 hour course over two years. Completion of the Year 8 courses are recommended but not required.

Stage 6 Languages (Elective)

Students may elect to choose a language for Year 11 and 12 under strict prerequisites. 

Continuers level language courses provide opportunities for students to continue to develop their skills and knowledge of their chosen language from Stage 5, and gain an insight into the culture and language of various communities through the study of a range of texts. There are also possibilities for Extension level courses for Year 12 students.

Beginner courses have been designed for students who wish to begin their study of a language at the senior secondary level. They are intended to cater only for students with no prior knowledge or experience of the offered languages.