The aims of the syllabus are to develop:
- ability to use Japanese to communicate with others
- understanding and appreciation of the cultural contexts in which Japanese is used
- ability to reflect on a student's own culture(s) through the study of other cultures
- understanding of language as a system
- ability to make connections between Japanese and English and/or other languages
- cognitive, learning and social skills
- potential to apply Japanese to work, further study, training or leisure.
- The individual: enables students to explore aspects of their personal world, for example, personal identity, education and aspirations and leisure and lifestyles.
- The Japanese-speaking communities: explores topics from the perspective of groups within those communities and encourages students to reflect on their own and other cultures.
- The changing world: enables students to explore change as it affects aspects of the world of work and other topics, such as youth issues and tourism and hospitality.
This comprehensive 2 unit course takes students to a highly proficient level of speaking, listening, reading and writing within the prescribed theses.