Year 9 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 start by learning all of the katakana characters which are used for foreign words borrowed into the Japanese language. We also learn some basic conversation skills so that we can talk to the visiting Japanese students at a very simple level.

● 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 more information visit the Opihi College Japanese Department website.


Year 10 Japanese

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! So you need to be a bit brave, have an open mind and be willing to try new things!
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