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.
French, German and Japanese are offered for study at Gosford High School. While our staff members each specialises in a particular language, all are qualified to teach a number of languages.
Language study begins in Stage 4. During Year 8, students study one language for the year. They are required to complete 100 hours' study of one language for the Year 10 ROSA.
Students can elect to continue their language studies in Years 9 and 10 and to progress to ‘Continuers' courses for Years 11 and 12.
Gosford High School also provides students with the opportunity to study languages at the ‘Beginner' level for Years 11 and 12.
Students with significant prior knowledge of a language, or special language proficiency, can in some situations be offered the opportunity to accelerate their studies.
It is possible, for students who have good reasons, to study a language not offered by our Faculty through the NSW School of Languages. If their application is successful, they can study the language of their choice under the supervision of one of our staff.
Our textbooks and multimedia resources are up to date and reflect the current teaching and learning philosophy of second language acquisition.
The language classrooms are well equipped with facilities that are needed to teach and learn languages, including appropriate computer based resources.
The study of languages will broaden employment and travel opportunities for students as well as contribute to an appreciation of other cultures and customs.