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Sydney Technical High School

Sydney Technical High School

Manners Makyth Man

Telephone02 8566 2600


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 knowledge of a language other than English is a valuable asset in Australia today – a multicultural country which is looking increasingly for economic opportunities overseas.

Years 7-10

Stage 4

Across Years 7 and 8, students engage with Chinese - Mandarin and Japanese, building their skills and focusing on the practical application of language skills to everyday situations. Students will have the opportunity to develop knowledge of the language, but also learn about and engage in cultural aspects. Extension is also built into the program to ensure that students are challenged at the appropriate level.

Stage 5

Japanese is offered as an elective course in Years 9 and 10. Students can pursue language studies to further deepen their knowledge and understanding. 

Chinese is a new language being presented in Stage 4 for the first time in 2023. It will then be offered as an elective course for the first time in Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) in 2025.

Years 11-12


Japanese is offered as 2 Unit and Extension courses in the senior school. Learning in the four skills areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing is supplemented by additional resources such as computer programs, access to internet sites, reading programs and a range of audio-visual materials to support the main topics covered in the courses.


Cultural exchange


The school hosts an annual visit from Nanzan High School (Japan), and students can apply for overseas exchange opportunities to Japan (Hurstville Council) and Germany (Goethe Institute).




Students studying a language in Years 9 and 11 participate in the annual Language Competence Certificate. Students also participate in The Japan Foundation’s Essay Writing Competition and Video Matsuri.




Students will also learn about the cultural customs of the countries where the languages are spoken. They will have the opportunity to taste food, visit restaurants, view films and take part in any other excursions or activities deemed appropriate.