Hutt Valley High School Hutt Valley High School

Level 3 Japanese

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs S. Langley.

Recommended Prior Learning

Reasonable success in Level 2 Japanese, or at the discretion of the HOD.

Intercultural competency skills are continually developed through various class discussions of cultural and social conventions, comparing Japan to New Zealand. Throughout the year we cover topics such as: traditional cultural events in Japan and the influence of culture on your life, aspects of living and working in Japan, current social issues and challenges facing Japan, and discussions about your future plans beyond school. Students further develop their writing skills in the three main alphabets learning to read and write up to 150 Kanji. They will also practise listening, reading and speaking through varied communicative language activities. 

Students are encouraged to complete two NCEA internals and two NCEA Level 3 externals from the list below. However, they are able to discuss their choice of NCEA internals and externals with their teacher.

Students who have a high level of Japanese may sit scholarship and extra tutorials can be organised to assist those students. 

Students have the opportunity to opportunity to interact with native speakers from our two sister schools, Suginami High School, in Tokyo and Mino High School in Osaka, as part of our biannual exchange programme to and from Japan. We are planning to take a trip to Japan in September 2024, for 2 weeks. Priority for this trip will be given to students who are in Year 12 and Year 13, and studying Japanese. Year 11 students may also be eligible to participate in this trip. 

This course runs for 4 hours per week for the whole year.

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