In NSW primary schools, the study of a language is optional. In NSW high schools, languages is a key learning area.
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 study of a language is compulsory for 100 hours in one continuous school year from Year 7 to Year 10, but preferably in Years 7 or 8.
In Years 11 and 12, NSW schools offer a wide variety of languages, catering for beginning students to background speakers.
Indonesian is the language of our nearest neighbour. Australians who enjoy surfing, or who enjoy beautiful music and dancing and wonderful food, love visiting Indonesia, and many of them visit again and again.
Indonesia is a diverse country with many different cultures. Some are primitive, some are ancient and yet sophisticated. Indonesia is a fascinating place and learning the language is a great way to get to know this country better.
"We have a saying in Indonesia, 'tak kenal maka tak sayang'. This means that if we do not know each other then we would not care for each other. Knowing more of each other's needs, views and thoughts is an important building block in our relationship."
Indonesian Students' Association (PPIA) submission, May 2013.