Stage 1

Japanese Beginners

Assumed Knowledge

Students should have good literacy skills due to the language requirements of the course​.


Eligibility criteria to apply for entry into Japanese at Beginners Level: Japanese at Beginners level is designed for senior secondary students with no prior knowledge or experience of the language (whether spoken or written) who wish to begin their study of the language at Stage 1. SACE eligibility criteria must be met to undertake Beginners /Continuers in Japanese Beginners.

Focus Capabilities

Communication, Citizenship.

Related Subject
Subject Description

Japanese at Beginners Level is designed for students with little or no previous knowledge and/or experience of Japanese before undertaking Stage 1. It is designed as a 2-year course for students who wish to begin their study of Japanese at senior secondary level. Students will have studied Japanese at Beginners level for 200 to 240 hours by the time they have completed Stage 2.
In Japanese at Beginners Level students develop their language skills and intercultural understanding at an intensive rate.  Students explore the three themes of Relationships, Lifestyles, and Experiences from the perspectives of ‘The Personal World’ and ‘The Japanese speaking Communities’ .Students develop and apply their skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and intercultural knowledge, understanding, and skills to: interact with others, create texts and analyse texts in Japanese. Topics are organised to suit students’ needs and interests and include: Family life, home and neighbourhood, Friends, recreation and pastimes, People, places and communities, Future plans and aspirations and Holidays, travel and tourism. Different topics are covered each semester depending on relevant events.

*Note: Stage 1 Japanese Beginners 1 (or equivalent) is necessary in order to study Stage 1 Japanese Beginners 2.
Bonus points are awarded for language study at Stage 2 as part of the SA Language, Literacy and Mathematics Bonus Scheme for entry into Flinders University, The University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia. 

Course Fees


Additional Costs

Students may participate in two excursions at an approximate cost of $30.00 per excursion.

Assessment Type 1:

Interaction: Conversation/role plays and spoken presentations.

Assessment Type 2:

Text Production: Possible written task may include article, blog, diary entry, email, letter, postcard, invitation.

Assessment Type 3:

Text Analysis: Analysis of a text(s) in Japanese with a response in Japanese/English.

Assessment Type 4:


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