Modern languages offered at Sydney Boys High School are: Chinese (Mandarin). French and German. There are a few students who study Hebrew, taught by a teacher organised by the Jewish Board of Studies.
In 2007, the languages programme was restructured, enabling Year 7 students to pursue the study of their chosen languages for the full year. This strong foundation will enable students to pursue their chosen languages with greater skill and confidence in later years.
In Year 7, students are required to select TWO languages for study for the year from Chinese (Mandarin), French, German and Latin (which also includes the study of Classical Greek in Term 4). In Year 7, each language is studied for 5 periods per cycle.
In Year 8, students are encouraged to continue with both their chosen languages. In Year 8, each language is studied for 6 periods per cycle.
In Years 9 and 10, students may elect to study 1 or 2 languages for 6 periods a cycle each.
In the Senior School, ALL languages are offered to HSC level, at Continuers and Extension level. Additional languages may be studied through the Open High School.
A wide range of texts and electronic resources are utilised in the study of languages at Sydney Boys High School. Computer programmes such as French Language Market, Ni Hao Games and The Cambridge Latin Course on-line are popular with students.
Students are encouraged to apply for overseas scholarships and exchanges, and overseas trips are offered to students.
Many enrichment activities are offered, such as the Latin and Greek Reading Competitions and the Chinese Eisteddfod.