The department of languages can be described as the mother of other departments. This is because language as a medium of instruction is the vehicle through which other subjects are conveyed.
We have a total of seven sub-sections in the department; made up of six languages and allied course. These courses are:
- English language,
- Hausa language,
- Yoruba language,
- Arabic language,
- French language,
- Literature in English.
The rationales behind the choice of these languages include national and international utilitarian relevance. For instance, the teaching and learning of French language in Zaria Academy is our direct response to our national policy which states that: "for smooth interaction with our neighbours, it is desirable for every Nigerian to speak French accordingly, French shall be the second official language in Nigeria, and it shall be compulsory in schools" [NPE 3rd Edition 1998, Paragraph 10 page 4].
Number and calibre of staff of the department.
The department of languages of Zaria Academy is highly and strategically staffed for quality assurance in the performance of our students. Presently we have twenty five  competent teachers with outstanding qualifications. None has less than a bachelor degree in his or her subject area. It might also interest you to know that ninety-seven percent (97%) of these academic staff have either B.Ed or PG.DE as basic teaching qualification to teach in the academy.
The other 3% without basic teaching qualification have currently enrolled in the PE.DE programme. Over seventy percent (70%) of the staff of the department have master of arts degre while a. few others are studying for their master and doctor of philosophy in their fields of specialties.
Our undeniable and verifiable testimonial in the department of languages is clearly our students' knowledge and use of these languages. The best evaluative index of any language programme is the proficiency of its learners. Our students have continued to maintain growing records of excellent performance in all the languages that are examined by the two examination bodies [WAEC and NECO].
For instance, in the 2013 NECO Exams, all our students had credits and distinctions in English language i.e. No student had D7, E8 or F9.
Besides the praise worthy performance of these students is the verbal use of these languages; and ultimately it has served as a vindication of the devoted efforts of the teachers. No wonder that our students find it easy studying in Asia, Europe, America or any other country where English is the language of instruction; because of the solid linguistic foundation they get in Zaria Academy
Our department has a well equipped Language Laboratory with computers, audio and visual materials like television, video players, tape recorders, headphones etc as facilitators for practical drills and competence development of our studies.
In conclusion, I wish to submit that in Zaria Academy, we do not only have language programmes, we have trained and proficient team of teachers that are ever ready to equip our students for all-round academic success