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  • New CCAFL syllabuses

    NESA has just released new Collaborative Curriculum and Assessment Framework for Languages (CCAFL) Continuers and in Context syllabuses for Armenian, Croatian, Dutch, Filipino, Hindi, Hungarian, Khmer, Macedonian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Swedish, Tamil and Turkish. The syllabuses are available to schools in 2023 for planning and preparation, with implementation to commence from 2024. The syllabuses: are informed by latest research and reflect a modern approach to language learning focus on depth of learning to build students’ capacity in languages develop effective communication and intercultural competencies provide opportunities to explore and share personal, community and international perspectives through analysing and creating texts have an increased emphasis on the application of knowledge, understanding and skills. The new Stage 6 CCAFL Continuers and CCAFL in Context syllabuses can be accessed on the NESA website. Note: There is no change to Continuers syllabuses for other languages.

  • Programming guidelines and sample scope and sequences for Stages 4 and 5

    To support the new Modern Languages K-10 Syllabus, the Languages and Culture team has published: programming guidelines a sample scope and sequence for the Stage 4 mandatory 100 hours course a sample scope and sequence for Stage 5 200-hour elective courses. You can access support from the team at the NSW Department of Education website. Language-specific support will be published throughout 2023-2024. You may like to consider creating student-friendly versions of your scope and sequence document, to engage students in their learning - there are some samples below for consideration.

  • New HSC hub resource - reflections and advice from past HSC students

    To support you and your students to prepare for the HSC, the Languages and Culture team has created an engaging video resource, in a 'You can't ask that'-style format, asking past students from a range of languages, contexts and schools, for the advice they would give current students studying Stage 6 Beginners and Continuers languages courses. The 'Reflections and advice from past HSC students' resource includes students' reflections on what worked well, what they liked and what they found challenging. It can be used to prompt a class discussion on how to best prepare for the HSC. The resource includes 2 videos with students, with reflection questions to prompt discussion. The resource explores: the benefits of learning a language in Stage 6 effective techniques to prepare for the HSC.

  • Leading Languages 7-12

    Do you lead the Languages KLA in a NSW public school? You may be a head teacher, a faculty coordinator, or even the only language teacher in your school. The Languages and Culture team have updated and rebadged their head teacher document, making it a more inclusive guide for teachers and head teachers who lead Languages faculties. 'Leading Languages 7-12' ensures a common understanding of the Languages KLA. With so many language teachers being the only language teacher at their school and/or being supervised by a non-languages trained head teacher, the guide's new name and content reflect the leadership roles so many of you have in your schools, while still being a document to support head teachers. It has also been updated to include the new languages syllabuses released in 2022. If you teach languages 7-12 in a NSW public school, please take a look. And remember, the best place to access support directly from the team is through the Languages statewide staffroom. Not a member yet? Complete the short entry survey to join.

  • Term 2 statewide staff meeting - unpacking support for the Modern Languages K-10 Syllabus

    Did you miss the Term 2 statewide staff meeting? Don't worry - the recording is available on YouTube and the slides are attached.

  • Cute 'Quirky comics' resources for K-10

    The NSW Department of Education has re-released their 'Quirky comics' resources. The comics are available in Chinese, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian and Japanese, and provide entertaining video texts to support language learning.

  • Term 2 statewide staff meeting

    On Thursday 18 May, 4-5 pm, the Languages and Culture team will present their Term 2 statewide staff meeting, focusing on the new Modern Languages K-10 Syllabus and the support they are developing to assist teachers 7-10 with programming. Please enrol via MyPL. Course code: NR29242 Session name: Languages statewide staff meeting - Term 2, 2023 Date: Thursday 18 May Time: 4-5 pm Venue: MS Teams - the link to the meeting will be emailed to you with your enrolment confirmation from MyPL Teachers from all sectors are welcome. If you're not registered on MyPL, visit

  • Collaboration day for the new syllabus - Sydney North

    The Sydney North Network is holding a full-day meeting in Term 2, on Tuesday 16 May. The focus of the meeting will be on collaboration for the new K-10 Modern Language Syllabus. Please enrol on MyPL. Course code: NR25838 Event: Sydney North Term 2 network day Date: Tuesday 16 May 2023 Time: 8:30 am-2:30 pm Venue: Lindfield Learning Village For more information, please contact the network leader Margaret Wajs.

  • Overview of outcomes - Stages 4 to 6 (modern languages)

    One of the aspects of the new Modern Languages K-10 Syllabus which we really like is that the outcomes and content for Stage 5 allow for clearer progression into Stage 6 Continuers. To showcase this for you, the Languages and Culture team has created 3 infographics - one for each of the focus areas (interacting, understanding texts and creating texts) and highlighted the connections with Stage 6 Continuers outcomes. Scroll through to explore the set.

  • What does 'developing intercultural capability' look like?

    In the new Modern Languages K-10 Syllabus, students develop intercultural capability across all 3 focus areas – interacting, understanding texts and creating texts. Intercultural capability is the capacity to exchange, understand and create meaning between people and across languages and cultures. This infographic explores the ways you can include intercultural capability in your classrooms through discussion, examples, resources, texts, topics and content. It is important to remember culture is not taught separately to language. Language and culture are intertwined - students learn not only the grammar and vocabulary but also how to communicate in the cultural context of the language.

  • Accredited PD for new K-10 syllabuses

    NESA has released 3 Accredited PD courses for their new K-10 languages syllabuses (Modern Languages, Classical Languages and Aboriginal Languages). These are self-paced learning modules which allow teachers to engage and interact with each syllabus, and check their understanding by completing a range of activities. Each course will contribute 2.5 hours of NESA Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum. To access the courses, visit

  • HSC student days - French, Japanese and Spanish

    🥐 The National Association of French Language Teachers is holding a Year 12 study skills day at Sydney University on Saturday 20 May: Continuers 8:30am-12pm Beginners 8:30am-12pm Extension 12:45-3pm Visit the NAFT website for full details. 🍣 JTAN is holding the following events at SCEGGS Darlinghurst for Year 12 students: Japanese Continuers Speaking Day, Saturday 3 June Japanese Beginners Speaking Day, Saturday 17 June Registration closes on 24 May and places are limited. For students to attend, teachers are required to be members of JTAN and participate on the day. Visit JTAN's website for full details. 🥘 The Spanish Teachers' Association of NSW is holding a speaking practice day for Beginners, Continuers and Extension courses on Saturday 17 June at Wenona School, North Sydney Continuers 10am-12pm Beginners 1-3pm Extension 1-2:30pm Registration closes on 1 June. Visit the STANSW website for full details.

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