South Perth Primary School
Students from Year 1- 6 participate in Japanese language classes. Since the program’s inception in 1997, South Perth Primary School has continually strived to develop and build a rich and vast array of authentic Japanese language resources. Our school and school community recognises the value of all languages and cultures and their significance in developing learners who are global citizens.
This specialist area also provides our students with a pathway to Japanese language culture which influences many areas of contemporary Australian society including technology, robotics, arts, design, fashion, cuisine, tourism and trade.
Japanese is a phonetic language and new words can be pronounced easily once the Japanese letters have been introduced. Young students are ideal language learners as they are risk takers who enjoy experimenting through language games, songs, rhymes and repetition.
Years 1 and 2
In Year 1 and 2 students engage in simple tasks involving information about themselves, family, favourite things and mimic pronunciation, tone and rhythm. Students are introduced to the Japanese script.
Years 3 and 4
In Year 3 and 4 students ask and respond to simple questions utilising rehearsed phrases. They begin to read and write the Japanese script.
Years 5 and 6
Year 5 and 6 students carry out conversations using full sentences and begin to extend answers by adding additional information. They demonstrate increased competency when reading and writing passages using the Japanese scripts.
Mrs Karen Bradshaw, Specialist Japanese Teacher