Language study provides students with the opportunity 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.
In NSW secondary schools, languages is a Key Learning Area. The study of a language is compulsory for 100 hours in one school year in Stage 4 or 5, but preferably in Stage 4.
In Stage 6, a wide variety of languages is offered in NSW schools, catering for beginning students to background speakers.
Students at The Ponds High School learn Japanese in both Year 7 and 8. It is also offered as an elective class with classes running in both Stage 5 and 6.