Language participation in NSW secondary schools has been in decline since the 1960s. Only around 10% of students in NSW now take a language for the Higher School Certificate (HSC). The decline in student numbers is particularly noticeable from the beginning of the middle years of secondary high school onwards.
CESE's Language participation in NSW secondary schools literature review provides a brief overview of languages education in Australia and NSW, including participation rates and national and state policy.
It also reviews the research around school and classroom factors which can increase language participation, these include:
• high-quality teaching
• student motivation
• use of technology
• effective leadership
Accompanying the literature review are 4 secondary school case studies. Each case study explores the practices that contribute to success in language participation at each school.