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 Ulladulla High School
UHS students study either French, Japanese or Indonesian in Year 7. They are then given the opportunity to study either or both languages in Years 9/10 and Years 11/12.
French – As French is considered an International language, and is used in more than 40 countries or departments worldwide, it is important that our students, who are indeed global citizens, have exposure to French language and culture.
Mrs Tracey Smith, UHS French teacher since 1993, offers her students the opportunity to participate in a cultural and language excursion to New Caledonia, our closest French-speaking neighbour.
Japanese – Ulladulla High School has developed a strong partnership and connection with sister school, Mikawa Junior High School in Japan. Each year for one week, students from Mikawa Junior High School visit UHS and have the opportunity to ‘live' with our students and develop lifelong friendships.
Ms Louise Morgan, UHS Japanese teacher, offers her students the opportunity to participate in a cultural and language excursion to Japan.