The Japanese programme at Timbertop requires that students have some prior knowledge of the language, in particular, both Hiragana and Katakana scripts. Students need to have received about 100 hours of tuition during Years 7 and 8 in order to attempt this course. Students who have no prior knowledge of Japanese, unfortunately, cannot be accommodated at Timbertop. During the Timbertop year, the four macro skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing are given equal attention in class activities and assessment. Learning about the culture of Japan is an integral part of each topic covered. The topics studied include: talking about time, exchanging personal information, school routines, seasons and events.
Students regularly practise their conversation with the native language assistant, and develop these skills over the year with the aim of preparing students for the end of year oral test. The students will begin to accelerate their study of Japanese Kanji script in preparation for further studies at Senior School.
1. Listening Skills (25%)
2. Reading Skills (25%)
3. Speaking Skills (25%)
4. Writing Skills (25%)