Japanese: Extension Course – (Year 12) 1 Unit
The Extension Course builds upon the body of knowledge and skills acquired in the Japanese Extension course. It provides students with opportunities to develop a greater competence and fluency in the language, and to explore contemporary issues in Japanese.
The Japanese Extension course provides opportunities for students to:
• enhance their enjoyment of learning Japanese by broadening and deepening their language experience
• gain insight into the culture of Japanese-speaking communities and the communities' perspectives on contemporary issues
• gain an appreciation of the Japanese language through the study of contemporary texts
• use Japanese as an adjunct to their career path.
Main Topics Covered:
The impact of change on society:
• the environment
• loss of traditional lifestyles and values
• peer pressure
• acceptance versus alienation
• responsibility towards others
The search for personal identity
• influences on youth
• resolving difficulties
• the individual versus authority
Film (prescribed text):
•Sento chihiro no kamikakushi (Spirited Away)
In class assessment of:
20% Speaking skills 40% Analysis of short stories
20% Response to aural text 20% Writing skills
The listening skills are assessed in school, whilst all other skills are assessed both in school and in the HSC examination. There are no take home assessment tasks for Japanese Extension.
Who should study this course:
Anyone who would like to enhance their knowledge and understanding of a range of issues as reflected in contemporary Japanese texts, while extending their ability to use and appreciate Japanese as a medium for communication, and creative thought and expression.
If you require more information please contact:
Mr. I. Inoue
Teacher of Japanese Extension