A specialist Japanese teacher delivers a program promoting language acquisition and communication to all Ngunnawal students from Kindergarten to Year 6. Through exploring different themes each semester, students will build their ability to communicate verbally for a range of purposes and audiences. They will develop their ability to recognise and write the three scripts used in Japanese and the purpose of each. The program develops strategies for effective speaking, listening, reading, writing, and viewing through activities connected to various themes. This involves considering uses of language, language learning and how to interpret language in use.
A key part of this program is to develop understandings of the history and culture of Japan and its people. Students will explore various cultural celebrations, customs historical events and some current societal trends and compare these with their personal experience. This learning allows students to explore new ways of thinking about the world.
|How are you?||Genki desu ka|
|I’m good||Hai genki desu|
|Thank you (very much)||Arigatou (gozaimasu)|
|Well done||Yoku dekimashita|
|See you later||mata ne|
Students in years 3-6 begin more explicit writing instruction. Japanese consists of three scripts. Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. Hiragana is a phonetic alphabet which consists of 46 sounds. Katakana is a second phonetic script with 46 sounds that is primarily used for loan words from languages other than Chinese. Kanji is a script using characters from Chinese which represent meaning as well as their connected sound.