Level 1 Japanese

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs S. Langley

Recommended Prior Learning

Year 10 Japanese or equivalent.

Communication and intercultural competency skills are developed through learning about:  hobbies, shopping, free time activities, city and country living, cultural events, school life, travel to Japan, careers and aspirations and health. Students learn to read and write up to 50 Kanji characters.

Cultural comparisons between New Zealand and Japan are encouraged through discussions of various cultural conventions. Students will come to understand their identity and place in the world in relation to others. Varied language activities will foster the development of skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking, with a strong emphasis on communication. Developing international understanding and intercultural competency skills is also an important component of this course. 

We recommend that students do two NCEA internal assessments from those listed below and two NCEA external assessments. Students can discuss which standards they would like to attempt with their teacher.

We have an exchange with our sister school, Suginami High School in Tokyo, which involves return visits every 2 years. This gives you the opportunity to interact with native speakers and develop your language skills and cultural understanding. Overseas trips will resume once international travel becomes more settled.

Learning Areas:



Level 2 Japanese

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

2x 1H5 Quad Book, 40 Page Clearfile