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Year 10 Japanese

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr E. Lindblom

Who is this subject intended for:
We are fortunate that we already speak English, a global language, but in a smart and competitive world, exclusive reliance on English leaves us vulnerable and dependent on others to translate language and interpret other cultures for us. Wouldn’t it be great if we could do that for ourselves! For anyone who wants to be a global citizen, this course will be your first step to learn about another language and culture.

What you will learn in this subject:
● Skills:
We build on the katakana reading skills from Year 9 to quickly acquire the hiragana reading skills necessary to understand our Japanese textbooks. Students will gain confidence and motivation as their vocabulary and cultural understanding increase.
● Content:
○ Katakana, Hiragana and Kanji
○ Personal Information
○ Myself and Friends
○ Out and About
○ Home and Family
○ Japanese Culture

Where this subject will lead:
Japanese Level 1
• Comments from some successful Year 10 students of Japanese:
o I can speak to visitors who come from Japan.
o It has helped me know more about my own language, English.
o I can use it when I go to Japan on the school trip next year!
o It’s cool that I know two languages.
o I have become more aware of the world outside of New Zealand.
o It will help me get a job – even for a local part-time job, employers see it as a positive that I’m studying Japanese.
o It makes my life exciting.

For further information visit the Opihi College Japanese Department website.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$20 subscription to Language Perfect

Recommended Prior Learning

What you need to be able to do and know to achieve in this subject: I am here to help you succeed, but you must have the courage to open your mouth and say things in a different language. You are bound to make mistakes, but that’s how we learn! You must also be willing to do homework. I ask for 15 minutes everyday at this level. Sometimes it is written and sometimes it will be vocabulary study from flashcards or the online programme Language Perfect. You cannot be successful without spending a little time with the language everyday.


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