Language MCC

Japanese Language and Culture

Why Study Japanese?

There are many advantages in studying another language.

Educationally, it increases communication skills in not only the language other than English but also in English itself.  It is a mental discipline with enjoyment coming from the ability to communicate with a wider range of people.  Language study also increases the student’s cultural awareness and knowledge about the country of the language being studied.

A very tangible advantage is wider employment opportunities.  Many businesses and Government agencies prefer employees who speak a second language.  Also, some Tertiary Institutions offer bonus ATAR points to language students in some courses.

Overview

Japanese has been identified as one of the priority languages from the Asia-Pacific region to be taught in Australian schools.  This recognises the close economic and cultural ties between the two countries.  The study of a language other than English contributes to the overall education of students, most particularly in the area of communication, but also the areas of cross-cultural understanding, cognitive development, literacy and general knowledge.

Unit 1: LOTE – Japanese (LO461)

The areas of study comprise themes and topics, grammar text types, vocabulary and kinds of writing.  This unit should allow the student to establish and maintain a spoken or written exchange, listen to, read and obtain information from written and spoken texts and produce a personal response to a text focusing on real or imaginary experience.

Unit 2: LOTE – Japanese (LO462)

The areas of study comprise themes and topics, grammar text types, vocabulary and kinds of writing.  This unit will allow the student to participate in a spoken or written exchange, listen to, read and extract and use information and ideas from spoken and written texts and give expression to real or imaginary experience in written or spoken form.

Unit 3: LOTE – Japanese (LO463) and

Unit 4: LOTE – Japanese (LO464)

The areas of study comprise themes and topics, grammar text types, vocabulary and kinds of writing.  Students should be able to express ideas through the production of original texts, analyse and use information from spoken and written texts and exchange information, opinions and experiences.  They should also be able to respond critically to spoken and written texts which reflect aspects of the language and culture of Japanese-speaking communities.

Units 3 and 4 Assessment

School-assessed coursework and two end-of-year examinations.

Unit 3 school-assessed coursework: 25%

Unit 4 school-assessed coursework: 25%

Units 3 and 4 examinations: 50%