In NSW primary schools, the study of a language is optional.
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.
Language learning and literacy
Language, Learning and Literacy is one component of the Best Start initiative that aims to ensure all students are on track in their literacy and learning by Year 3. L3 targets text reading and writing by providing rich literacy experiences through systematic and explicit teaching. It complements the daily Literacy program. Students participate in reading and writing lessons in small groups designed to meet their specific needs. They also engage in short periods of independent, individual or group tasks to practise and consolidate their current literacy learning.