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Level: 10
School code: 10JP
Year level requirements: Non compulsory


C+ or better at Year 9 level plus ability to read and write the Hiragana and Katakana scripts.

Special requirements:

Learning another language enhances students’ abilities to:

  • acquire skills and strategies to communicate in an- other language
  • develop a positive attitude towards other cultures
  • extend their knowledge and use of the structures of language, including English
  • take advantage of the range of post-school options where languages can be used, including employment, education, training, travel, leisure, community and family involvement
  • participate in international exchanges. Modbury High has developed close ties with the Asakuchi district in Japan.
  • Language is one of the eight curriculum areas of the new Australian Curriculum and a desired subject across Australia.

 Year ten Japanese builds on the skills and knowledge students have gained in year nine. In this full-year course, students participate in oral communication with the teacher, with a partner and in groups. Their conversation, reading and writing skills continue to improve. Students particularly enjoy cooking, calligraphy, films and excursions.

Topics studied include family, school life and leisure time.

Students learn to start and maintain discussions, to be able to make decisions and solve problems, to present information using a variety of text types, to express opinions and to write stories - in Japanese.

From year nine onwards, students may join Modbury High’s school trip to Japan. This involves first hosting a student from Japan for four days in August and then travelling to Japan for sixteen days in September/October. The trip finishes with a four day home-stay with the families of the students who came to Adelaide.

Further information

Students who study a language in year 12 are eligible to receive extra points towards their ATAR (university entrance) score.