Stage 2 Japanese

LENGTH OF COURSE: Full Year

ASSUMED BACKGROUND: Stage 1 Japanese

CURRICULUM CHARGES:  Nil

CONTENT
Course content will be a selection of the following:

Language:
This course further develops and builds student understanding of the language and culture of Japan while refining communication skills in writing, speaking, listening and reading in Japanese. The three SACE themes, the individual, the Japanese-speaking communities and the changing world will be the focus. Research into an area of Japanese interest, the In-Depth Study, is a key component of the course. Students develop understandings of Hiragana and Katakana languages, and a prescribed number of kanji, in both written and spoken forms. Students also become familiar with informal and formal levels of language.

Japanese Society:
Investigate cultural differences and develop understandings of the individual, Japanese speaking communities, and the changing world.

Grammar and Vocabulary:
Students understand and organise the relationship of all grammatical elements that constitute the Japanese language as it functions, to incorporate different nouns, verbs, and other vocabulary to covey meaning.

ASSESSMENT TYPES

Text Analysis and Production:
Students might read and respond to a Japanese Text. Students might then demonstrate their ability to structure and sequence their ideas and use appropriate register through responding and producing texts.

Interaction:
Students use a range of language to express their ideas and justify their opinions, and maintain the interaction through using a variety of communication strategies.

Cultural Investigation:
Folio: Students might read and respond to texts in a variety of formats. Students also produce a letter in Japanese, in combination to creating an article addressing a range of Japanese concepts.

In-Depth Study:
Students extensively investigate aspects of Japanese culture, and provide an oral and written investigation, and reflect on their own understandings in English.

External Examination:
15 Minute Oral Examination.
3 Hour Written Examination.