Department of Education - Learners First

Languages

Why do we study Japanese?

Through learning Japanese at Rose Bay High School, students are provided with the opportunity to engage with the linguistic and cultural diversity of the world and its people. They reflect on their understandings of social life, as well as their own participation in the world around them.

Students will also acquire:

  • communication skills in Japanese, an intercultural capability
  • an understanding of the role of language and culture in communication
  • a capability to reflect on language use and language learning.

Learning Japanese broadens students’ horizons in relation to the personal, social, cultural and employment opportunities that an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world presents. The interdependence of countries and communities means people in all spheres of life are required to negotiate experiences and meanings across languages and cultures. Despite its status as a world language, a capability in only English is no longer sufficient, as a bilingual or plurilingual capability is the norm in most parts of the world.

Learning languages such as Japanese extends literacy repertoires and students’ capability to communicate while also strengthening understandings of the nature of language, culture, and processes of communication. This heightens respect for diversity and difference, and develops an understanding of diverse experiences and worldviews. By reflecting on heritage, values, culture and identity, students strengthen their intellectual, analytical and reflective capabilities, while also enhancing their creative and critical thinking.

Learning languages contributes to strengthening the community’s social, economic and international development capabilities. Language capabilities represent linguistic and cultural resources through which the community can engage socially, culturally and economically in domains such as: business, trade, science, law, education, tourism, diplomacy, international relations, health and communications.

Meet the Teacher

Jonathan Cooper- Year 7 – 10

Middle School

Year 7

Topics and Units of Work Studied 

  • Introduction to Japan/Japanese
  • Greetings and manners
  • Numbers
  • Colours
  • Sports/hobbies
  • Daily information

Year 8

Topics and Units of Work Studied 

  • Body
  • Clothing
  • Food
  • Transport
  • School life
  • Family

Senior School

Year 9

Topics and Units of Work Studied 

  • Family
  • Daily routines
  • Weather and seasons
  • Geography
  • Teenage life/teen issues
  • Travel/tourism
  • Popular culture
  • Shopping
  • Occupations

Year 10

Topics and Units of Work Studied 

  • Family
  • Daily routines
  • Weather and seasons
  • Geography
  • Teenage life/teen issues
  • Travel/tourism
  • Popular culture
  • Shopping
  • Occupations