Year 12 Japanese

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr E. Lindblom

Who is this subject intended for:
Now that you have made the two-year investment in learning Japanese and you have found some success with Level 1, you need to stay the course. You’re not done yet. You’ve made a great start, but in order to internalize your language and culture learning and reap the benefits later in life, you need to continue. Language learning takes time and repetition to become part of you and will be lost if you stop now.

What you will learn in this subject:
● Skills:
Students will develop an understanding of and fluency in the language, through emphasis on activities which involve everyday written and spoken Japanese.
● Content:
○ Continued Kanji Study
○ Family Life
○ Eating & Drinking
○ The Japanese School System
○ Leisure Activities
○ Japanese Culture

Where this subject will lead:
• Japanese Level 3
• As well as the school trip to Japan, you could participate in the Timaru District Sister City Student Exchange in Eniwa, Hokkaido.
• To enhance overseas travel and career opportunities such as:
o Tourism – tour guide, coach driver, travel agent, outdoor recreation guide
o Government – immigration officer, customs officer
o Business – importer/exporter, customs broker

For further information visit the Opihi College Japanese Department website.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$20 subscription to Language Perfect

Recommended Prior Learning

To achieve in this subject students would have successfully completed Level 1 Japanese or its equivalent. Good organisational skills will help to ensure success, as well as a willingness to go beyond what is taught in class – students can extend themselves by exploring some of the many excellent language websites available for practice and reinforcement. Students should be willing to express themselves in Japanese in class and should have an interest in learning about other peoples and cultures. Experience of other cultures can help us to understand and appreciate our own and get to know more about ourselves. Successful students will spend 30 minutes on Japanese at home each night.


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