Years 9 and 10 (Stage 5)
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Year 9 and 10 Japanese
Japanese in year 9 and 10 and beyond is a language based course. We begin the course revising our hiragana script, and then move on to learn katakana script. We use the Hai 1 and Hai 2, then Iitomo 1 and Iitomo 2 textbooks and view a number of Japanese movies throughout the year. By this stage we are understanding a number of words and phrases in the movies, which is highly satisfying! Students also enjoy art and craft activities, food preparation and other cultural activities. The Cowra excursion and Sydney excursion are highlights of the year in this course, along with the chance to spend time with Japanese students as part of our Japanese visits programme. Kelso students are able to guide visitors around the school, and enjoy games and quizzes whilst practising their Japanese language skills. Many students keep in touch with their new friends, and keep in touch with them by writing letters or on Facebook or Skype.
Language skills focussed on in year 9 and 10 are reading, writing, listening and speaking. In addition to all hiragana script, students read and write all katakana and a number of additional kanji.
Assessment consists of a half yearly and a yearly examination testing the skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, culture and script writing. Marks are also obtained from small tasks and quizzes completed throughout the year. Students are also expected to write a number of journal entries in their Japanese journal during each school holiday. From 2014 students of this course will also begin to make a Japanese text type portfolio.
Topics studied in year 9 and 10 Japanese include: pets, activities, colours, stationery, leisure, food and dining, numbers, family, cities, daily schedule, school life, hobbies and pastimes, festivals.
A number of motivated and dedicated students enjoy the confidence of communicating in Japanese and choose to continue their studies into years 11 and 12 in the Japanese Continuers course.
Students of year 9 and 10 Japanese are encouraged to work part time and save up for an overseas student exchange. See the Future Opportunities link for more information about this.
Students of year 9 and 10 Japanese are encouraged to think about what direction their future career might take. See the Future Opportunities link for more information about this.
Scope and Sequences
Year 8, 9, and 10 Japanese are part of the NSW Japanese K-10 syllabus.
Details of this syllabus are located here: