Students should have good literacy skills due to the language requirements of the course.
Level 4 or better in Year 10 Japanese Eligibility criteria to apply for entry into Japanese at Continuers Level: Students who have had more than one year’s education from the age of five (pre-school, primary, secondary) in a country where Japanese is a major language of communication or a medium of instruction are not eligible to enrol in a continuers level program unless it can be demonstrated that special circumstances apply. SACE eligibility criteria must be met to undertake Beginners /Continuers in Japanese Continuers.
Japanese at Continuers Level is designed for students who have been studying Japanese in years 8-10. In Japanese at Continuers Level, students develop their skills to communicate meaningfully.
Students develop an understanding of how Japanese is used appropriately by using the skills of listening, speaking, viewing, reading and writing for a range of purposes in a variety of contexts. In Japanese, students have opportunities to: interact with others, create texts, analyse texts and examine relationships between language, culture and identity.
At Stage 1 students explore a range of topics through three themes: the Individual, the Japanese-speaking Communities and the Changing World. Topics covered include: Personal identity, daily life in Japan, social issues, significant Japanese person.
Students undertake an individual investigation on a cultural or social aspect or issue associated with ‘The Japanese-speaking Communities’ or ‘The Changing World’. Different topics are covered each semester depending on relevant events.
*Note: Stage 1 Japanese Continuers 1 (or equivalent) is necessary in order to study Japanese Continuers 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.
Students may participate in two excursions at an approximate cost of $30 per excursion.
Assessment Type 1:
Interaction: Possible spoken task may include discussion, interview, debate, speech, talk.
Assessment Type 2:
Text Production: Possible written task may include blog, diary entry, email, essay, brochure, report, review.
Assessment Type 3:
Text Analysis: Analysis and evaluation of a text(s) in Japanese with a response in Japanese/English.
Assessment Type 4:
Investigation: An oral OR written OR Multi-modal response in Japanese/English and a reflective response in English. One response must be in English.