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Stage 6 Japanese Beginners

Stage 6 Japanese Beginners

Language is the basis of all communication and human interaction. By learning a second or subsequent language, students develop knowledge, understanding and skills for successful participation in the dynamic world of the 21st century. Communicating in another language expands students’ horizons as both national and global citizens.

Language and culture are interdependent. The study of another language develops in students the ability to move successfully across and within cultures, and, in the process, to experience, value and embrace the diversity of humanity.

Contemporary research has shown that learning a language facilitates cognitive and intellectual development beyond the language classroom. It enhances creativity and develops more refined and sophisticated skills in analysis, negotiation and problem-solving.

Literacy skills are enhanced through the study of another language. As the use of language is a process of communication, students’ learning experiences offer opportunities to consolidate and extend their interpersonal skills. By engaging with various modes of communication, students develop effective skills in interacting, and understanding and producing texts.

Students who learn another language understand how languages work as systems. They become aware of the structure of that language through the analysis of patterns and can apply this knowledge to the learning of other languages. By making comparisons between and among languages, students strengthen their command of their first language.

The study of Japanese provides access to the language and culture of one of the global community’s most technologically advanced societies and economies. It also introduces students to an important part of the rich cultural tradition of East Asia. Through experience of the Japanese language system and cultural history, students gain valuable perspectives on art, music, customs, beliefs and the ways of thinking of Japanese people.

There are significant cultural ties between Australia and Japan. Sister city agreements between the two governments provide opportunities for Australian students to host Japanese students, and to visit and study in Japan.

Both Australia and Japan are members of the Asia Pacific Economic Community. Japan is one of Australia’s leading trading partners. It is therefore important for Australia’s long-term economic and social future that its relationship with Japan continues to be enhanced.

The study of Japanese provides students with opportunities for continued learning and for future employment and experience, both domestically and internationally, in areas such as public relations, commerce, hospitality, education, marketing, international relations, media and tourism.

Stage 6 Japanese Beginners Syllabus (PDF, 638kbs)