Languages – Stage 1

Staff contact

Fiona Parenta


Required background

Successful completion of Year 10 Japanese.


SACE Credits/Course Length

10 credits – 1 Semester (20 Weeks).  Students can enroll in either 1 or 2 semesters.


Course outline

The study of a language allows us to be effective communicators in an ever increasing multicultural society. Deepening our understanding of other cultures while enhancing an appreciation of our own, is an essential part of creating an international perspective in a diverse world.

Through the learning of Japanese language, students interact with others to share information, ideas, opinions and experiences. The students create and analyse texts in Japanese to express feelings, interpret meaning and examine relationships between language, culture and identity. They reflect on their own attitudes, beliefs and values and develop an understanding of how these elements are expressed through language.



The capabilities connect student learning within and across subjects in a range of contexts. They include essential knowledge and skills that enable people to act in effective and successful ways.

  • communication
  • citizenship
  • personal development
  • work
  • learning

In Japanese at continuers level, students develop intercultural communication skills to communicate effectively and appropriately in a variety of contexts for a range of purposes. Capabilities are reflected in the learning requirements, content, assessment and performance standards in Stage 1.


 Literacy and Numeracy support through Language learning

Literacy and numeracy skills are strongly supported through the learning of a language. Students become familiar with language patterns and functions by identifying, comparing and analysing similar concepts between languages. Through the learning of time, date, number and mathematical operations, students strengthen their understanding of literacy and numeracy skills in language contexts.


Course content

Stage 1 Japanese at continuers level is organised around three prescribed themes and a number of prescribed topics and suggested subtopics.


  • The Individual
  • The Japanese-speaking Communities
  • The Changing World.

These themes have been selected to promote meaningful communication and enable students to extend their understanding of the interdependence of language, culture, and identity.


  • Weekend and Leisure
  • Giving directions
  • Travel
  • My future
  • My family
  • School life

Students should study a range of spoken, written, and multi-modal texts in Japanese in their treatment of the themes and topics. The learning of vocabulary and grammar points should be used to facilitate and support the language acquisition process.



Assessment at Stage 1 is school based.

For a 10‑credit subject, students should provide evidence of their learning through five assessments. For a 20‑credit subject, students should provide evidence of their learning through ten assessments.


Assessment Type 1: Interaction

Assessment Type 2: Text Production

Assessment Type 3: Text Analysis

Assessment Type 4: Investigation


Each assessment type should have a weighting of at least 20%.

The set of assessments, as a whole, must give students opportunities to demonstrate each of the specific features by the completion of study of the subject.