NBSC Cromer Campus

The co-educational comprehensive campus of the Northern Beaches Secondary College

Telephone02 9981 1155



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.

Language study provides students with new opportunities on a personal, professional and global level.  Language is a lifelong learning subject where students can refine their studies to suit their needs. Language study opens new doors to appreciating other cultures and enhances student understanding of their own language and culture. Travel abroad, Media, the Tourism Industry, Hospitality and Business  are examples of  areas where language skills can be applied. In essence, the study of language compliments any career path.


Courses Offered

Years 7- Taster lessons are offered

Year 8- Students select one language to study for the year. Choices include  Japanese, Italian, French, German, Indonesian and Spanish.

Years 9-10 – Language study becomes elective. Students may continue their language of choice from Year 8 or elect to study a new language.

Years 11-12- Beginner Courses and Continuer Courses are available.





French is the official language of

Algeria, Belgium, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, Central African Republic,  Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, France,  Gabon, Guinea,  Guinea,  Haiti, Ivory coast, Lebanon, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Madagascar,  Martinique, Monaco, Morocco, Niger,  Senegal,  Tunisia, Vietnam.

Number of Speakers

There are more  than 176 million

Language Overview

French is a Romance language spoken today by about 176 million people around the world. It is an official language in 41 countries called  La Francophonie. French as a foreign language is the second most taught language in the world after English.





German is the official language of

Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein,  Luxembourg, two-thirds of Switzerland and in the South Tyrol province of Italy.

Number of Speakers

More than 90 million

Language Overview

German is one of the world's major languages. Around the world, German is spoken by approximately 95 to 110 million native speakers and another 20 million non-native speakers, and is frequently taught in schools.

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Indonesian is the official language of




Number of Speakers

More than 200 million

Language Overview

Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) is the official language of Indonesia. Indonesian is a standardized dialect of the Malay language and the two languages remain quite similar. The language is spoken fluently as a second language by most Indonesians, who generally use a regional language at home and in their local community. Most formal education, as well as nearly all national media and other communication, are in Indonesian.




Italian  is the official language of

Italy,  Switzerland, the European Union,  San Marino, Slovenia and Vatican City.

Number of Speakers

More than 70 million

Language Overview

Italian is a Romance Language spoken by about 70 million people primarily in Italy. Out of the Romance Languages, Italian is generally considered to be the one most closely resembling Latin in terms of vocabulary.






Japanese is the official language of


Number of Speakers

More than 130 million

Language Overview

The Japanese language is written with a combination of three different types of glyphs: Chinese characters, kanji, and two syllabic scripts, hiragana and katakana. Japanese vocabulary has been heavily influenced by loans from other languages. Pronunciation of Japanese words is easy





Spanish  is the official language of

Spain, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, France, Gibraltar, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay Venezuela. Widely spoken in: Andorra, Belize, Morocco, Philippines, Trinidad and Tobago and the United States of America.

Number of Speakers

More than 358 million.

Language Overview

Spanish is the most popular Romance Language and the third most spoken language in the world after Mandarin Chinese and English. Spanish is also one of six official working languages of the United Nations and one of the most used global languages. It is also the second most widely spoken language in the United States.