Kon’nichiwa (こんにちは), Bonjour!
Students in Secondary School have the opportunity to study the language and culture of 'the rising sun' or become a francophile!
Students are able to choose between Japanese and French in Year 7. The Stage 4 (Year 7) course is a mandatory 100 hour course. Students learn not only language, but cultural appropriateness, customs and traditions. Language in the secondary school is vibrant and engaging. Learning through games, songs and involvement continues to bring joy to language students. They become well aware of the cultural facets that underpin a society.
In Japanese, students will consolidate their mastery of the hiragana script and move on to katakana and kanji at their own pace. Learning a variety of sentence structures and vocabulary in the language of choice allows learners to express ideas in a range of situations and to respond appropriately to spoken or written Japanese.
Students have the opportunity to choose elective Japanese or French in Stage 5. In these courses students enjoy smaller classes and a more individualised experience. Opportunities for excursions and other interactions with native speakers are plentiful and provide an authentic experience of the language and culture. Topical units combine both language and cultural learning.
Students are able to continue to pursue their language learning into Year 11 and 12. Levels of study are determined based on prior learning. Teachers are members of professional associations and networks in order to ensure courses are of an exceptional standard. Spoken and written language skills are equally valued as students learn to interact meaningfully in the target language.
Illawarra Christian School enjoys a close relationship with several Japanese schools. Students visit from Japan throughout the year, offering engaging experiences and real interactions that all of the students love.
Our Japanese program incorporates healthy relationships with Japanese schools with exchanges being a valuable experience for students from both cultures.
For more information on available subject choices in our secondary school, visit our Curriculum page.