Saturday School of Community Languages

Connection Diversity Excellence

Telephone02 7814 2115

About us

Saturday School of Community Languages (SSCL) is a Department of Education secondary school and the largest provider of face-to-face languages education in New South Wales.

SSCL offers courses in 26 languages to students wishing to study their background language. There are fifteen SSCL centres; thirteen based in the Sydney metropolitan area, one in Wollongong and one in Newcastle.

Students at SSCL follow the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) syllabuses. Courses are offered for the Record of School Achievement (RoSA) and the Higher School Certificate (HSC). All Year 12 languages are Board Endorsed Courses that can contribute towards an HSC. There are no fees associated with enrolling at SSCL. 

Available languages

The languages we teach are:

  • Arabic
  • Armenian
  • Bengali (Bangla)
  • 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.

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.