Languages – Stage 2

Staff contact

Fiona Parenta


Assumed knowledge or Required/recommended background

A grade C or higher in Stage 1 Japanese (Continuers level) is required.


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

Locally assessed language Japanese at continuers level is a 20-credit subject at Stage 2.

Stage 2 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.

Students should study a range of spoken, written, and multimodal 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.



All Stage 2 subjects have a school assessment component and an external assessment component.

Students should provide evidence of their learning through eight-ten assessments, including the external assessment component.

School‐based Assessment (70%)

  • Assessment Type 1: Folio (3-5 assessments) 50%
  • Assessment Type 2: In-depth Study (Japanese oral presentation, Japanese written response, English reflective response) 20%

External Assessment (30%)

  • Assessment Type 3: Examination (oral and written) 30%

The Oral Examinaton (15 mins) consists of:

  • Conversation
  • Discussion

The Written Examination (3 hrs) consists of:

  • Listening and Responding
  • Reading and Responding
  • Writing in Japanese