HSC: Language success

Emma Butler with Premier Gladys Berejiklian

The NSW School of Languages has achieved amazing results in this year's HSC, with nine of their students topping the state and achieving First in Course.

Based in Randwick, the NSW School of Languages (NSL) offers courses in 12 languages via distance education to students in Years 9 to 12 from all over the state.

The NSL's First in Course students were:

  • Emma Butler - French Continuers (Mosman High School), pictured
  • Shafana Salsabila - Indonesian in Context (Beverly Hills Girls High School)
  • Sally Yamazaki - Japanese in Context (St Ives High School)
  • Pricilla Lui - Korean Continuers  (Strathfield Girls High School)
  • Sofia Dmetrieva - Russian Continuers (Kellyville High School)
  • Anita Gibson - Spanish Beginners (Gosford High School)
  • Finnegan Waugh - Chinese Beginners ( St Josephs College)
  • George Giakoumatios - Modern Greek Beginners (Christian Brothers School Lewisham)
  • Teresa Ballesteros Teijelo -  Spanish Continuers (Ascham School)

Principal Hilary Hughes said she was thrilled so many of the school's students had achieved success.

It showed when students were motivated they could top the state studying a language through distance education.

"The students have been guided through the online work by our experienced teachers, as well as having weekly one-on-one phone lessons," she said.

"They have shown they are great linguists, but also independent learners and this is one of the skills that will stand them in good stead for their future studies.

"Learning a language has the potential to open doors in many careers and often priority is given to language speakers.

"Companies are recognising more and more the enhanced thinking and problem-solving skills of language learners."

NSL offers courses in Italian, Greek, German, Russian, French, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Indonesian and English as a second Language.

Students in all education sectors are able to study with the NSL when the student's school is unable to offer the language they wish to study.

In addition to regular course work, face-to-face lesson days are organised once a term at the Randwick campus, where students have the opportunity to meet with other students and teachers while taking part in educational activities.

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