Face masks will be strongly encouraged but not required during assessments. Hand sanitizer, alcohol wipes and masks will be made available to students.
About 76,000 students are working to complete their HSC program this year, and languages are the first of 126 courses to be reviewed.
“Learning a second language is an invaluable experience and an important skill in a globalized world,” Mitchell said.
“In New South Wales, we are surrounded by rich and diverse languages – and the New South Wales Curriculum provides opportunities for students from all backgrounds to engage with and value these cultures.”
He started studying Japanese in 8th grade but was eager to learn more in 11th grade, so he learned French and Korean.
“The more languages I learn, the more people I can connect with,” he said. “I don’t know if I have a talent [for languages] but I definitely have a love for it and it’s able to push me.
Joseph wants to share his love of languages with other young people and plans to become a teacher when he finishes high school.
He said the key to success in languages was daily review and practice, so they became ingrained in his mind.
“I’m really looking forward to [the oral exams] so much and I don’t really feel stressed about them,” Joseph said. “I think it’s really important not to see exams as the end point of your language learning.
“It’s really just the practice stage where you can assess your abilities…before you go out and practice with real native speakers.”
With four languages already on his plate, Joseph still wants to know more. Spanish and Chinese are next on her to-do list.
The HSC written exams will begin on October 12 and run until November 4.