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The study of another language is especially relevant today if our students
are to meet the challenges of rapidly shrinking world frontiers and the special needs for Australia’s multicultural society. Learning Japanese prepares students in meeting these challenges and gives them an opportunity to develop language skills that will enhance their career prospects. This is done through developing key competencies in contexts that arise naturally from the respective contexts and investigative bases of the subject.
 
Course Content
 
In Junior Japanese, our course covers the 4 core skills of language learning; listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as cultural components that as a whole should enable students to become confident language learners.  Lessons and activities for each skill area are made as enjoyable and motivational as possible. Students are encouraged to choose Japanese at Year 8 and 9 levels to support study at Year 10 level.
In Senior Japanese, the use of script is compulsory; therefore study of Japanese throughout Junior level is strongly recommended. The course is designed to address the four themes of ‘Family and Community’, ‘Leisure, Recreation and Human Creativity’, ‘School and Post-School Options’ and ‘Social Issues’. Within each of these themes, students use language for real purposes in realistic contexts.
While Japanese can be seen as something difficult because of its cultural aspects and the different scripts to English, we like our students to embrace the difficulty and enjoy the challenge. Rewards to success in acquiring another language such as Japanese are enormous.
 
Topics
 
• Student Exchange and School Visits
• Rules / Customs
• Celebrations
• Healthy Lifestyles
• Mass Media / Entertainment
• Environment
• Current Affairs
• Holiday Planning and Itineraries
• Working in Tourism and Hospitality
   Industries
• Adolescence
• Future Plans
• Working and Living in Japan
 
Assessment
 
Students are assessed on four macro skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Each of these skills is assessed at least twice a year and are all given equal weight.
Most universities in Queensland also grant students who gain a Sound result or better in Languages Other than English (LOTE) bonus rank points. This translates to a lifting of the OP score, in most cases by 1 point.
Features
Each year, a group of students from our sister school in Japan visit our school, with a few of them returning later in the year to do a student exchange program with our school. As part of that exchange program, selected Year 10 students from our school visit our sister school for up to three months to gain first-hand experience on school life in Japan.
Japanese language students are often invited to participate in the Immersion Days hosted at the University of the Sunshine Coast where they interact with native speakers and meet Japanese language students from other schools. Other excursions and school trips to Japan also allow our students the opportunity to use their language skills in real life situations and participate in cultural activities.
Our students also participate in regional Speech Contests and international proficiency tests are offered to our high achievers as part of an extension program.

Future Careers
 
• Business / International Business
• Tourism
• Customer Services
• Marketing / Advertising
• Diplomacy / International Relations
• Teaching
• Translation / Interpretation
• Defence and National Security
• Policy and Public Sector Administration
 
 
French
 
French is spoken in Europe, North America, Southeast Asia and Africa. It is the second most spoken language of the Pacific and it has strategic importance for Australia in the future. In addition, French is a key language in the European Community, the largest single world market. Therefore, French plays an important role in the trade and business sector as well as maintaining its traditional roles in scientific research, engineering, the humanities, the arts and international community aid projects.
 
The study of another language is especially relevant today if our students are to meet the challenges of rapidly shrinking world frontiers and the special needs for Australia’s multicultural society.
 
The main outcome of the French course is the development of proficiency in each language skill – listening, speaking, reading and writing – so that students are able to make themselves understood when communicating with French speaking people on familiar topics and in many real life situations. They should also gain an appreciation of the significance of the French language and culture in the world today.
 
Topics and themes relate to personal and real life situations likely to be encountered in French speaking countries, e.g. daily activities, school life, customs, food, entertainment, shopping, transport and travel. The writing and acting of dialogues based on these themes should increase the student’s confidence in handling real life situations. Learning experiences include an exposure to a range of reading materials in French: extracts from magazines, newspapers, literature, letters and web texts. Recorded conversations, videos and songs foster natural speaking patterns and enhance listening comprehension.
 
Guest speakers and excursions are an integral part of French. A lot of real life role play situations and hands-on experiences like cooking equip the students to be engaged and successful. The staff work hard to develop positive relationships with schools in France and New Caledonia.
 
It is advisable for students to study French in Junior Secondary if they hope to continue with it into Senior. Some University courses offer language students an advantage of 2 – 3 points on their OP score. An international trip is usually offered every 2 to 3 years for Senior students.
 
A study of French, its grammar, syntax and vocabulary, will improve a student’s understanding of English – forty percent of English words come from the French language.
  
Learning a second language widens horizons and ultimately leads to the capacity to look out from the new language and culture to develop a broader world view. The global expansions of travel, communication and commerce has brought Australians into closer relationships and more frequent interactions with people of other cultures, countries and communities.
 
Careers
 
• Law consultant
• Flight attendant
• Political Advisor
• Business
• Education Queensland
• Translating
  
 
 
Head of Department 
Shae Bucknall
Japanese Teacher​