ASHS Coursebook: 3JAP (Level 3 Japanese)

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Information icon.svg 3JAP
NCEA Level:
Primary Qualification:
Primary Learning Area:

What is this course about?

It is time to immerse yourself deeper into Japanese society and culture. It is also time to consider your future employment opportunities. Remember the enjoyment of being introduced to exotic sounds and tastes over several years. You need to prove that your effort has been fruitful by producing good results.

This course focuses on exploring ideas and expressing opinions.

We will study various topics such as: land and people, travel and tourism, work, and media. Students will continue to increase their knowledge of Japan and their Japanese ability with additional study of language and kanji.

What will I learn?

Students will learn:

  • to maintain verbal interactions
  • to recognise fine details in spoken and written text and draw inferences and conclusions from it;
  • to futher develop and support your points of view.
  • to learn higher level grammar and content collaborately
  • Course design principles:
  • intentional planning - you will be invited to select topics that you find interesting
  • high expectations - your teacher will have high expectations for you and her door will always be open for you to discuss where your learning is going
  • assessment which enables learning - assessment will not be an isolated occurence. Rather, your teacher will gather evidence that you yourself provide of your learning experience as you progress.

What sorts of things will I do?

Focus on the language and culture of Japan through keeping an e-portfolio, and by connecting with other Japanese-speaking students in the community and guest visitors

  • Watch Japanese TV and movies and discuss them by comparing trends
  • Create and act out role plays with your fellow students
  • Read monthly magazines in Japanese
  • Express opinions about current trends in Japan
  • Interpret selected and adapted media (newspapers, magazines, television, movies and popular music)
  • Discuss socio-economic concerns in Japan (unemployment, social welfare, education, immigration)
  • Understand global issues from a Japanese perspective and express opinions about them
  • Read Japanese texts and express points of view
  • Research modern trends in Japan

What standards can I enter?

Summary of standards:
NCEA Level:
Standard Number: Name of standard: Version Number: Credits: Assessment:
Japanese AS91553
Demonstrate understanding of a variety of extended spoken Japanese texts
2 5
Japanese AS91554
Give a clear spoken presentation in Japanese that communicates a critical response to stimulus material
1 3
Japanese AS91555
Interact clearly using spoken Japanese to explore and justify varied ideas and perspectives in different situations
1 6
Japanese AS91556
Demonstrate understanding of a variety of extended written and/or visual Japanese texts
1 5
Japanese AS91557
Write a variety of text types in clear Japanese to explore and justify varied ideas and perspectives
1 5

Total available credits: 24


No further assessment opportunities will be offered for this course as evidence of your learning will be collected throughout the year.

What will be expected of you:

By now you should be fully aware that language learning demands systematic study. You will need to plan your year of study carefully, allowing for DAILY practice of the language, through a variety of activities and allowing for extra study time. Keeping a well-organised book and your e-portfolio up to date is important in language learning.
Contributing to classroom discussion, being an active part of a different groups, practising your oral skills and effectively managing yourself will improve your Japanese and make your learning enjoyable.