Learning a language enables students to become global citizens. It enhances literacy and the full complement of learning and social skills – it builds bridges of knowledge, respect and empathy.

NB: In Grade 7 all students will study Japanese for half of the year.  In Grades 8-10, Japanese becomes an Optional subject.


Students will learn how to use Japanese to communicate with others in authentic situations, understand Japanese as a system, understand and appreciate the cultural context in which Japanese is used and make connections between Japanese and English.

In year 8 focus is on:

  • developing pronunciation, intonation, stress patterns and accents
  • reading and writing of the Hiragana script, the Katakana script and prescribed Kanji, speaking and listening for particular purposes
  • key sentence structures and grammatical forms, key communicative functions for exchanging information, expressing attitudes and opinions, getting things done
  • a repertoire of communicative references to events, time, quantity, colour, size and value.