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Gosford High School

Gosford High School

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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.

Gosford High School is proud to be able to offer students the choice of 4 languages and a wide range of courses from Year 8 through to 12. 

The two main languages offered from Year 8 to Year 12 are French and Japanese, which are offered to Year 12 Continuers and Extension level. In Year 11 and 12 students also have the opportunity to study a range of Beginners language courrses, (French, Japanese and Spanish), as well as Chinese Continuers/in Context for students who have a background speaking Chinese.

Language study begins in Year 7 when students complete a taster course for French and Japanese followed by the study of one of these languages throughout Year 8 to meet NESA requirements. 

Many of our students then elect to continue their French and Japanese language studies in Years 9 and 10 and progress to the relevant Continuers and Extension courses in Years 11 and 12. 

Gosford High School also provides students with the opportunity to study the French, Japanese and Spanish Beginners course in Year 11 and 12. These courses are offered depending on student interest and staff availability.  

Students with significant prior knowledge of a language, or strong language proficiency, can in some situations be offered the opportunity to accelerate their studies. 

The language classrooms are well equipped with textbooks and multimedia resources that reflect the current teaching and learning philosophy of second language acquisition. Our staff are all qualified language specialists with experience living and working in the countries where the languages are spoken. 

The study of languages broadens employment and travel opportunities for students as well as contributes to an appreciation of other cultures and customs.

Overseas Excursions
Gosford High School offers students the opportunity to travel to Japan or France on 2-3 week school trips and immerse themselves in the language and culture, experiencing homestay and daily life as well as key tourist attractions. Note that these trips only run subject to student interest and staff availability.