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CAPA Languages

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.

In 2021, the Year 7 students were introduced to the wonderful language of French.

Stage 5

After the 100-hour mandatory course in Stage 4, students have the opportunity to choose a 200 hour elective course in Years 9 and 10 in Stage 5. During these courses, they will further develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in French and increase their understanding of the culture and people of France.

Stage 6
Students may continue their language study in year 11 and 12 to HSC level in 2 Unit courses. 

Links to the NESA web site with information about these courses are available below:



French is a very useful and interesting language. It is also the most romantic language in the world! It also happens to be Australia’s second most-studied language. French is spoken in 42 countries throughout the world. It is the first or second language of one quarter of the world’s population. It is also an official language of the Olympics.

Australia’s nearest French-speaking neighbour is New Caledonia, just a few hours away by plane – a great place for an excursion! Not only does French come in handy on holidays, there are many job opportunities available for French speakers.

In Stage 5, we continue learning the day-to-day language used in talking about oneself and one’s environment. Major grammar structures dealt with include regular and irregular verbs in the present tense, the near future, and the past tense. Technology, Duolingo, magazines and songs are incorporated into the text and workbook course, as are excursions and food tastings.

Course Aims:

·         To develop the four main literacy skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

·         To learn to communicate in French in realistic situations;

·         To gain enjoyment from the mastery of another language; and

·         To gain an increased understanding of French culture.

Topics include:

• Personal world

• Daily Routine

• My family and my house and neighbourhood

• Shopping

• Making friends – visiting, inviting, making appointments

• Describing the weather

• Holidays, leisure time and tourism

• Food and drink - eating out and cooking

The study of French as an elective enhances students’ literacy and communication skills in both French and English. Students learn to be effective communicators, which is a vital skill in the modern world.

Our Language Teachers

Ms Azizi - French