Year 13 Japanese

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr E. Lindblom

Who is this subject intended for:
This is the course that pays the most dividends. After three years of learning Japanese, you now have a good grounding, because you have not only been learning Japanese, you have also been training your brain how to acquire another language. This Level 3 course completes your secondary Japanese language learning, and better yet, ensures that you have the skills necessary to learn even more languages.

What you will learn in this subject:
● Skills:
Students studying Japanese in year 13 will develop their language skills to an extent where they will be able to present arguments and opinions, discuss problems and express themselves in a range of situations of interest to young people. As students master increasingly complex grammar and build up their vocabulary, the Japanese speaking world begins to open up to them in an exciting way.
● Content:
○ Continued Kanji Study
○ Land & People
○ Travel & Tourism
○ Japan at Work
○ Social Issues
○ Japanese Culture

Where this subject will lead:
• Tertiary Level Japanese study
• 3rd and 4th language acquisition – now that you know how to learn a language, why not learn German, Italian or Chinese!
• Many future career opportunities including:
o Travel consultant
o Government – diplomatic officer / NZ embassy staff, nurse
o Business – international trade, international marketing
o Translator (written documents), interpreter (United Nations, courtroom, hospital)
o Education – secondary teacher, university professor
o JET Programme – Assistant English Teacher in Japan

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: To achieve in this subject students would have successfully completed Level 2 Japanese or its equivalent. By the time you reach this level you already know what is necessary for success and you will continue to achieve it! 30 minutes of daily Japanese study at home will still be important.

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