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.
Arabic is widely spoken and is the official language of 22 countries spread over two continents and is an official language of the United Nations. Modern standard Arabic is the official language of the Arabic world.
The process of teaching and learning languages focuses on linguistic system and patterns. The need to move between linguistic systems assists students to develop enhanced mental dexterity. The study of languages provides opportunities for students to become more accepting of diversity more respectful of others and more aware of their place in the international community.