Moving between countries, cultures and languages has become more commonplace because of globalisation, increased ease of travel and advanced information and communication technologies. High quality education in languages enables students to respond positively to the opportunities and challenges of their rapidly changing world.
St Clare’s offers students both mandatory and elective study in Japanese.
The study of Japanese provides access to the language and culture of one of the global community’s most technologically advanced societies and economies. It also introduces students to an important part of the rich cultural tradition of East Asia. Through experience of the Japanese language system and cultural history, students gain valuable perspectives on art, music, customs, beliefs and the ways of thinking of Japanese people.
Stage 4 – Year 8
Students complete a mandatory 100 hours of study in Japanese. For most students, Year 8 is their introduction to the language and provides the basis for the further development of knowledge, understanding and skills in Japanese in subsequent stages.
Stage 5 – Years 9 and 10
As a two year elective course, the basics that students learned in Year 8 are built upon in the key areas of listening, reading, speaking and writing. The study of Japanese in Years 9 and 10 prepares students to continue their language development, if they choose, into Stage 6 by way of the elective Japanese Continuers Course.
Stage 6 – Year 11 and 12
Two courses are offered in Stage 6.
Japanese Beginners – for students who studied the mandatory course in Year 8, but did not elect to study Japanese in Year 9 and 10.
Japanese Continuers – for students who studied the elective Japanese course in Years 9 and 10.