For those of you not able to join us yesterday, we recorded our introductory session. Attached please find the slide deck, so you have access to all the links.
The Languages and Culture team is organising professional learning for conducting and marking HSC-style oral examinations on Wednesday 1 September 2021, at 4 pm.
This professional learning will consist of:
a. general information session – where are we now and why?
b. general session on conducting/marking an HSC-style oral exam, addressing your concerns
c. language-specific collaborative marking groups, with experienced markers.
The session will run for approximately 1.5 hours.
Please register using this form by 5 pm Sunday 29 August. We will forward you the Zoom link on Wednesday morning, the day of the session.
The session is open to teachers of all sectors – please complete the form to receive the meeting link.
The session will not be recorded due to the use of breakout rooms.
Our statewide staff meeting in Week 4 will explore the requirements for developing Stage 6 monitoring procedures. Join us on Tuesday 3 August, 4-5 pm, to hear from the Stage 6 Advisor, Kate Thompson, from the Department of Education.
We will explore:
- NESA requirements and legislation
- the department's HSC monitoring advice
- what schools must do
- what records to maintain
- staff responsibilities.
You must enrol in the session on MyPL to receive the link to the online meeting. Search for course code NR29242, and select the session for Tuesday 3 August.
The link for each statewide staff meeting is different, so you do need to enrol in each session we offer.
We look forward to seeing you there! The session will be recorded for those unable to join us.
If you haven't joined our statewide staffroom yet, please complete our short entry survey to join. Log in using your department email.
The HSC oral examinations for languages are taking place across a range of venues, face-to-face. Student Confirmation Sheets, with details of venues, are available on Students Online.
A small number of students who do not have a face-to-face venue available to them will be examined online.
If you have any questions regarding the oral examinations, please contact the Language Support Team at NESA on (02) 9367 8065 or via email.
The Languages and Culture team has developed videos with advice to students on how to approach the HSC Beginners and Continuers examinations. You can find the videos in the HSC hub, along with downloadable guides with advice for Beginners, Continuers, Extension, [Language] and Literature and [Language] in Context students.
The department's HSC hub contains high-quality, on-demand resources that teachers can provide to their students to help them prepare for their exams. Aligned to NSW syllabuses, the hub is a carefully curated central repository for items created by the NSW Department of Education, including Aurora College and WooTube. There is also third party material available. For copyright reasons, some items will require a NSW Department of Education log in.
We have just published HSC examinations in Beginners language courses – advice for students on our website, as well as updated the HSC examinations in Continuers language courses – advice for students document.
Access them from the Stage 6 section of our website (choose your language and then the appropriate course from the menu).
We hope you find these useful as your Stage 6 HSC students prepare for their upcoming examinations.
The 2020 HSC written exam and updated oral language exam timetables are now available on the NESA website.
The written and oral exam timetables will each start a few days later than originally planned to give students more face to face time with their teachers to revise, ask questions and seek support in the lead up to exams:
Results will be released on 18 December.
In response to your queries about preparing students for the upcoming oral examinations, we have developed advice, covering:
- approaches to answering effectively
- you in the role of the examiner
- how to prepare your students in a blended classroom
- different styles of feedback.
We are aware that many of you have questions concerning the HSC oral examinations for 2020. We encourage you to forward your questions and concerns to NESA, who facilitate these exams.
Through communicating directly to NESA, they will be aware of the types of concerns you have, as well as how many of you have these concerns.
For any questions related to COVID (including oral exams or school-based speaking assessments), email/call the COVID hotline firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 138 323.
The HSC Languages oral examinations timetable for 2020 will be released in March. Important information for schools scheduling students' oral examinations is now available on the NESA website.
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