Saturday School of Community Languages

Connection Diversity Excellence

Telephone02 7814 2115

About us

The Saturday School of Community Languages (SSCL) is a NSW Department of Education program and is the largest provider of face-to-face languages education in NSW, operating in centres located at 14 high school sites. The school offers 25 language courses on Saturdays to students from Year 7 to Year 12.

Our school has been providing excellence in languages teaching and learning since its inception in 1978. It provides a vibrant learning environment which caters to the individual needs of all students.

The SSCL offers courses to students from public and non-government secondary schools and TAFE. Students are eligible to enrol at the school to study their background community language when it is not available at their weekday school.

Students at SSCL follow the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) syllabuses. Language study at the SSCL is included as part of a student’s Record of School Achievement (RoSA) and Higher School Certificate (HSC). All of our Year 12 languages are Board Developed and Endorsed Courses. There are no fees associated with enrolling at SSCL. 

Available languages

The languages we teach are:

  • Arabic
  • Armenian
  • Bosnian
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Croatian
  • Filipino
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Khmer
  • Korean
  • Macedonian
  • Maltese
  • Modern Greek
  • Persian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Punjabi
  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Spanish
  • Tamil
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese.

To find out what languages are offered at each centre, visit the Our Centre page.

Benefits of studying a language

Studying a background community language:

  • provides an opportunity to develop high levels of skills in a student's background community language
  • improves performance across the curriculum through enhanced literacy skills which are transferable to English
  • helps maintain rewarding relationships with parents, grandparents, relatives and other community members
  • promotes a sense of cultural identity, resulting in heightened self-confidence and self-esteem
  • places students in a better position to take advantage of employment opportunities.