JAPANESE SECOND LANGUAGE

This subject is for students of non-Japanese speaking background, or those who have completed no more than seven years of first language study prior to Year 11. According to current VCAA rules, some Japanese Nationals may be eligible for this course. 

Unit 1: Semester 1

Students continue to extend their knowledge and skills under the prescribed themes of: The Individual, The Japanese Speaking Communities and The World Around Us..

Unit 1 involves the study of topics such as: self-introductions, education systems and school activities, festivals and special events.

The student is expected to: converse in Japanese on a range of different topics, be familiar with different styles of writing, be able to extract relevant details from a range of spoken or written texts and respond in writing; and extend their knowledge of the Kanji characters. Students undertake a range of coursework assessment tasks throughout the unit.

Weekly individual sessions with our native language assistant are provided for each student which helps the students to develop their oral skills.

ASSESSMENT
1. Coursework (50%)
2. Examination (50%)

Unit 2: Semester 2

Students continue to extend their knowledge and skills under the prescribed themes of The Individual, The Japanese Speaking Communities and The World Around Us.

Unit 2 involves the study of topics such as: leisure and fitness, health and sickness, and social and environmental issues such as bullying, protecting the environment.

Students are required to participate in spoken or written exchanges related to the content areas; respond in written form to spoken and written texts; analyse and use information from written, spoken or visual texts to produce an extended written response in Japanese; and give an oral presentation in Japanese on a cultural aspect of the topics studied. More Kanji are introduced and students are expected to consolidate their knowledge of these.

Students undertake a range of coursework assessment tasks throughout the unit. 

Weekly individual sessions with the native language assistant are provided for each student which helps the students to develop their oral skills.

ASSESSMENT
1. Coursework (50%)
2. Examination (50%)

Unit 3: Semester 1

Students continue to extend their knowledge and skills under the prescribed themes of The Individual, The Japanese Speaking Communities and The World Around Us.

Unit 3 involves the study of Traditional Japan and Contemporary Japan.

Students are required to participate in a spoken exchange in Japanese to resolve a personal issue, interpret information from texts and write responses in Japanese and express ideas in a personal, informative or imaginative piece of writing in Japanese. Students will consolidate their knowledge of Kanji.

The student undertakes to present an object which can be spoken about in detail at the external oral exam.

Regular exposure to our native language assistant in small conversation groups helps the students to develop their oral skills.

Unit 4: Semester 2

Unit 4 involves the study of Human Relations including topics such as ideals, lifestyles and gender roles. Students are required to share information, ideas and opinions in a spoken exchange in Japanese; analyse information from written, spoken and viewed texts for use in a written response in Japanese; and present information, concepts and ideas in evaluative or persuasive writing on an issue in Japanese. Students will continue to consolidate their knowledge of Kanji.

The student undertakes to present an object which can be spoken about in detail at the external oral exam.

Regular exposure to our native language assistant in small conversation groups helps the students to develop their oral skills.

ASSESSMENT
1. Coursework – Unit 3 (25%)
2. Coursework – Unit 4 (25%)
3. Oral Examination (12.5%)
4. Written Examination (37.5%)

 

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