Secondary College of Languages

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HSC Advice

Find additional advice on learning from home. Students should ensure they are communicating regularly with their school and classroom teacher via their preferred digital platform for up to date advice on courses.


You can access past HSC papers from the NESA website.

Continue working on all 4 macro skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. As a skills-based course, practice is the key to success.

Work on sustaining communication addressing different topics with depth and breadth. For each topic, create a mind map with key vocabulary and structures. Once the mind map is complete with very specific and detailed language, prepare a 1-2 minute speech or participate in a conversation with your teacher, over the phone or through an online platform such as Microsoft Teams, Adobe Connect or Zoom.

To keep your accountability and commitment high, pair up with another student for short, regular phone calls in the target language, 2-3 times each week. Your teacher may provide topic-based questions to keep you on track.

Refer to advice for Continuers languages students for more detailed information on preparing for the HSC.

You can also find resources on the department's Planning, programming and assessing languages 11–12 page to practise a range of skills, and to learn more about types of texts.


Continue practising a range of monologues for the oral examination.

Develop your understanding of the prescribed issues by choosing a topic of investigation to research, analyse, challenge existing ideas, summarise and then write your own conclusion.

Develop your understanding of the prescribed text by unpacking the extracts (or chapters) by looking at character development, film techniques and the significance of the extract, noting key quotations.

Refer to advice for Extension languages students for more detailed information on preparing for the HSC.

HSC Languages Study Guide