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NSW School of Languages offers enrolment in the following languages:

  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Modern Greek
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

NSW School of Languages caters for students in Years 9 to 12 who attend a NSW or ACT Government or non-Government school which does not offer one of the above languages. Any students in Years 8 or 10 wishing to enrol to study a language not offered at Homebush Boys High should see Ms Symonds in the History Staffroom for an enrolment application.
Application closing date: 13th November 2019.

NSW School of Languages Student Recount

Hi, my name is Michael Lopes and I am a year 11 student who has just completed an HSC course through the New South Wales School of Languages, studying Italian Beginners. NSW School of Languages is a distance education language specialist school. NSW School of Languages is part of a network of Department of Education schools which provides education to students by distance education. The physical school is located in Petersham and lesson days are offered once per term, where we are able to interact with our teachers and other students from other schools that are doing the same course. The School of Languages offers many languages and allows students to learn languages that may not be taught at Homebush.

The course runs through the online program, Moodle. Here, our assigned teacher allocates us worksheets, along with an online textbook, audio tracks and references to other sites that may help. Every week, the student is required to ring their teacher to practise the speaking component of the course. The worksheets also cover aspects like; listening, reading and writing. Also, every week, we are required to scan and then email through a worksheets that allow us to develop our skills. The worksheets relate to the work that is being completed online. To complete all of this work, our school timetables us with set periods in the library where we are able to work independently. The school also provides us with a small, quiet place to have our phone lessons.
Overall, studying through the New South Wales School of Languages is something I would recommend to everyone. This program allows us to not only learn a language of our choice, but it helps us to improve our skills in working independently, meet new friends and gain a better understanding of different cultures.

If you would like to study through the NSW School of Languages, please enrol through Ms Symonds in the History staffroom.

Michael Lopes
2019 Vice Captain