Young people need an education that equips them to participate in and engage with an increasingly globalised world. Learning languages provides many benefits to students, including:
All state schools are required to deliver language studies to their Year 6, 7 and 8 students from January 2012.
For more details, refer to Mandatory languages - information for parents 32k.
The school principal, in collaboration with the school community and in response to student needs, will determine the languages taught in Years 6, 7 and 8 84k.
Exemptions from mandatory language studies 52k may only be granted in exceptional circumstances where it is in an individual student's best interest to undertake an alternative learning program. Principals, in consultation with parents and teachers, will approve applications for exemption 90k and keep a record of student exemptions.
This page was last reviewed on 18 Jan 2013