The educational consensus is clear. The learning of a second language must be
regarded as a necessary part of total personality formation in the modern world,
since it should enable a person to live and move freely in more than one culture
and free them from the limitations imposed by belonging to, and being educated
within a single cultural group and a single linguistic community.
All students in the Junior School learn Japanese as an Additional Language. At Navigator College we know that language is fundamental to learning, thinking and communicating, and permeates the whole curriculum. It is necessary not only to learn language, but also learn about language and through language. Learning best takes place in authentic contexts, and the arts and cultural experiences play a special role in enabling this to happen.
Every child benefits from having access to different cultures, perspectives and languages. Acquisition of more than one language enriches personal growth and helps facilitate international understanding. Therefore, Navigator College aims to provide the opportunity for all students to learn more than one language.
Learning an Additional Language can help students to develop an appreciation of visual and performing arts and literature in various forms and cultures, and use the arts for self-expression learning and enjoyment.
Japanese is organised around three strands which reflect the nature of learning languages and cultures; they are as follows:
• Oral language – listening and speaking
• Visual language – viewing and presenting
• Written language – reading and writing