What is Japenese Second Language all about?

Students acquire communication skills in Japanese. They develop an understanding of the role of language and culture in communication. Their reflections on language use and language learning are applied in other learning contexts.

Learning languages broadens students’ horizons about the personal, social, cultural and employment opportunities that are available in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. The interdependence of countries and communities requires people to negotiate experiences and meanings across languages and cultures. A bilingual or plurilingual capability is the norm in most parts of the world.

Aims
This study enables students to:

      • communicate with others in Japanese in interpersonal, interpretive and presentational contexts
      • understand the relationship between language and culture
      • compare cultures and languages and enhance intercultural awareness
      • understand and appreciate the cultural contexts in which Japanese is spoken
      • learn about language as a system and themselves as language learners
      • make connections between different languages, knowledge and ways of thinking
      • become part of multilingual communities by applying language learning to social and leisure activities, life-long learning and the world of work.

Structure

The study is made up of four units.

Unit 1

In this unit students develop an understanding of the language and culture/s of Japanese-speaking communities through the study of three or more topics from a set of prescribed themes. Each area of study in the unit must focus on a different subtopic. Students access and share useful information on the topics and subtopics through Japanese and consolidate and extend vocabulary and grammar knowledge and language skills and focus on analysing cultural products or practices including visual, spoken or written texts.

Unit 2

Students develop an understanding of aspects of language and culture through the study. Each must focus on a different subtopic. Students analyse visual, spoken and written texts. They access and share useful information on the topics and subtopics through Japanese and consolidate and extend vocabulary, grammar knowledge and language skills. Cultural products or practices can be used to demonstrate how culture and perspectives may vary between communities. Students reflect on the interplay between language and culture, and its impact on meaning, understanding and the individual’s language use in specific contexts and for specific audiences.

Units 3 & 4

These units continue to investigate aspects of culture through the study of two or more subtopics from the prescribed themes and topics. Students build on their knowledge of Japanese-speaking communities, considering cultural perspectives and language and explaining personal observations. Students consolidate and extend vocabulary, grammar knowledge and language skills to investigate the topics through Japanese.

Entry

There are no VCAA prerequisites for entry to Units 1 and 2. Students must have successful completion of Unit 2 prior to undertaking Units 3 and 4

Assessment

Satisfactory Completion

Demonstrated achievement of the three outcomes specified for the unit:

Outcome 1: Give a talk to the class about the selected subtopic, asking and answering questions.

Outcome 2: Listen to a conversation and view a map to write directions

Outcome 3: Create a written presentation which may include pictures; this may be supported by media such as Photo Story or PowerPoint

Levels of Achievement

Units 1 and 2

Students are required to meet the minimum standards for each Outcome as assessed through school-based SACs.

Units 3 and 4

Students are required to sit 4 SACs (School-assessed coursework) and two end-of-year examinations set by VCAA.

Students are required to meet the minimum standards for each Outcome as assessed through school-based SACs.

The study score awarded by VCAA is comprised of:

    • School Assessed Coursework (SACs) 50%
    • Examinations together will contribute 50 per cent to the study score. This is made up of a written exam (two hours) and an oral exam (15 minutes).