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Japanese

Course overview

Stage 5

The Stage 5 Year 9 and 10 course is an online Moodle course. The course is bright and interactive, using a number of weblinks to bring Japanese culture alive. The course consists of 45 weekly packages, 25 of which are completed in Year 9 and 20 in Year 10. Students also undertake one or two cultural projects each year. Students phone their teacher on a weekly basis to discuss their progress, ask questions and participate in Japanese speaking practice.

Stage 6

Japanese beginners

The Japanese beginners course is an online course with lessons, quizzes and downloadable content. It is based on Nihongo No Benkyo, a program designed specifically for distance education students. The Preliminary course consists of 24 units and the Higher School Certificate course consists of 13 units. Phone lessons are conducted weekly to ensure that students' speaking skills are developed.

Japanese continuers

The Preliminary and HSC Japanese continuers' courses are online courses developed by NSW School of Languages with the support of the Centre for Learning Innovation. The courses contain a range of different activities such as quizzes where students can develop their skills and receive immediate feedback. The preliminary course consists of 18 units of course work, with 16 units in the HSC Course. Students also have weekly phone lessons with their teacher to develop their conversational skills and receive additional feedback and support. Study days are held at NSW School of Languages at various times throughout the year.

Japanese extension

The Japanese extension course focusses on the movie called "Departures", or "Okuribito" In Japanese. The main character is a cellist who becomes a mortuary assistant, so students should be mindful that the film deals in part with issues such as death and loss.

The course aims to introduce students to a more advanced level of Japanese language, enabling them to discuss various prescribed issues both in written and oral tasks. (Students are required to purchase a copy of the movie.)

Japanese in context

The Preliminary and HSC Japanese in context courses are online courses with lessons, quizzes and downloadable content. The courses contain a range of different activities such as YouTube videos, listening and reading activities. There are vocabulary and grammar quizzes where students can develop their skills and receive immediate feedback. The preliminary course consists of 15 units of course work, with 14 units in the HSC course. Students also have fortnightly phone lessons with their teacher to develop their skills and receive additional feedback and support. Study days are held at NSW School of Languages at various times throughout the year.

We also provide a pre-context course for students in Years 9 and 10 who wish to strengthen their knowledge of Japanese, in preparation for the Japanese in context course in Year 11.

Note: Any student enrolling in Japanese at NSW School of Languages has his/her study background checked to determine their course according to the NESA criteria. Students in Stage 5 who are clearly going to be studying the Japanese in context course Stage 6 are given a program of study which prepares them for the Stage 6 Japanese in context course.

Course materials

The following is a list of learning materials which need to be purchased for the specified course. All prices are approximate.  If a course is not listed, the materials are provided by NSW School of Languages.

HSC courses

Japanese continuers

  • Mirai 6 $68.95

The textbook is available from:

Language Book Centre 131 York St, Sydney 2000

 Phone: 02 9267 1397

 Fax: 02 9264 8993

 Outside Sydney Metro Area

 Freecall: 1800 802 432

Textbooks can be ordered online at language books.

Please mention that the student studies Japanese at NSW School of Languages, so that you receive the school discount.

Japanese extension

  • DVD: "Departures" in Japanese with English subtitle (Japanese title is "Okuribito")

The DVD is available from:

Japanese in context

  • There is no textbook required.

Dictionaries

All students should have a comprehensive language dictionary. Please consult the Japanese faculty for advice regarding dictionaries.

Syllabuses (From NESA)

Go to the NESA syllabus downloads page for information on the syllabus.