Both Semesters

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: School life and time; locations and the Timbertop campus; Hiroshima and Japanese history; seasons and events.

Grammatically, the course builds students’ understanding of the Japanese sentence structure and particle use. The past tense, negative tense and past negative tenses of verbs and adjectives are taught during the year. Students have the opportunity to practice new grammatical structures through classroom activities such as: creating a new daily routine for Timbertop, writing and participating in an ‘Amazing Race’, touring their peers through the Timbertop campus, role plays, workbook exercises and classroom games.

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.



Japanese Second Language
Year 11 and 12 - VCE

Year 10

Middle School - Years 7 to 8