Languages

Languages Coordinator

Karen Hurford

OVERVIEW – LANGUAGES

JUNIOR

YEAR 7 Introduction to Languages & Literacy

This Year 7 rotational unit will briefly explore the history of the English language and look into how English has been influenced by other languages, before moving into an introduction to Japanese.  This unit is a precursor to Year 8 Japanese where students have the opportunity to investigate the language further.

YEAR 8 Japanese

This course will introduce students to the rich traditions of Japan and a basic knowledge of script, grammatical rules and vocabulary. Language learning will be taught communicatively through speaking, listening, reading and writing. Practical exercises include cultural activities such as cooking and Japanese crafts. Students who show an interest in the subject will have the opportunity to choose Japanese in subsequent years.

Continuity of study across years 8-10 is important preparation for a students who wish to peruse Japanese at senior level.

YEAR 9 Japanese – elective

The study of Japanese is concerned with the development of communicative proficiency in the language. By the end of Year 9 students are able to communicate on a simple level as a visitor in Japan or with Japanese people in Australia. In addition, students are given the opportunity to appreciate the culture and the way of life of Japanese people.






SENIOR

Year 10 Semester 1 (Term 1 or 2) Introductory units:

Students can choose to study Japanese in both Term 1 and Term 2 if they wish. Semester 1 concentrates on strengthening and broadening the language foundation base built in previous units.

Japanese – Asian languages have an important place in the Queensland school curriculum because of Australia’s location in the Asia-Pacific region. For Queenslanders, the study of Japanese is especially important given the strong cultural, economic and political ties with Japan.

Japanese lifestyle, culture, art and sport are becoming increasingly familiar to Australians through the media and personal contact and Japanese offers an opportunity for learners to study a unique language that uses a variety of character-based scripts. Through studying Japanese, Queensland students are able to develop a sensitivity towards the values and perspectives of the Japanese people. As the job market becomes increasingly competitive, having the knowledge and understanding of a second language gives students an advantage and offers opportunities for advancement that might not otherwise present themselves.

Semester 2: (Required for Senior Studies)

Japanese – Asian languages have an important place in the Queensland school curriculum because of Australia’s location in the Asia-Pacific region. For Queenslanders the study of Japanese is especially important given the strong cultural, economic and political ties with Japan. Because of the tourism and commercial links between Australia and Japan, Queensland students have many opportunities to meet Japanese-speaking people in the school context and in the general community. Japanese lifestyle, culture and sport are becoming increasingly familiar to Australians through the media and personal contact.

Several universities offer a bonus rank scheme attached to OP scores for students studying a second language through to Year 12, which may help students gain entry into the university course of their choice.

YEARS 11 & 12

Japanese – OP

The overall aim of Senior Japanese is to enable the student to communicate his/her needs and opinions within the limits of the language studied. By the end of Year 12, the student should be able to:

  • Comprehend spoken Japanese within a range of topics covered in the course. Read more complex passages in Japanese using all three scripts, and deduce meaning from unseen passages
  • Write passages on the covered topics and express opinions using the three scripts
  • Develop and appreciate some of the special characteristics of Japanese culture and society.