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.
Language Other Than English (LOTE)
Language is the basis of all communication and human interaction. By learning a second or subsequent language, students develop knowledge, understanding and skills for successful participation in the dynamic world of the 21st century. Communicating in another language expands students' horizons as both national and global citizens.
Language and culture are interdependent. The study of another language develops in students the ability to move successfully across and within cultures, thus experiencing, valuing and embracing the diversity of humanity.
The study of languages provides access to the cultures of the global community's societies and economies. It also introduces students to an important part of the rich cultural traditions of countries. Through experience of language systems and cultural history, students gain valuable perspectives on art, music, customs, beliefs and the ways of thinking of different cultures.
The study of languages provides students with opportunities for continued learning and for future employment and experience, both domestically and internationally, in areas such as public relations, commerce, hospitality, education, marketing, international relations, media and tourism.
Languages offered at Casula:
- Years 7-8: Japanese
- Years 9-10: Japanese, French, Mandarin
- Years 11-12: Japanese & Mandarin
Also, students may enrol into Language courses other than those listed above, and are supported by the Language teacher as they work through the course via "Distance Education".
Along with various excursions where students visit various cultural locations, Casula High School is part of the TODA exchange program - a "sister-school" program where students interact with students from Toda Japan, as Japanese students visit Australia and we organise trips to Japan.