Japanese Year 10 (Option line 2)

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Miss K. Takeda

By the end of the Year 10 course, students will be able to;
1.get the gist of short spoken or written dialogues and texts, identifying the key details and responding appropriately
2.interact in everyday conversations, using variations of learned words and phrases
3.apply your knowledge of vocabulary and structures to write and manipulate learned phrases and sentences, using Hiragana, Katakana and some kanji.

Japanese at Year 10 further develops the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. As with Year 9 Japanese, work continues to be centred around topics such as cooking, hobbies, and housing in Japan. More emphasis is placed on oral communication, with students creating more detailed dialogues. Students also continue to develop their reading and writing skills, also learning to read and write katakana and kanji.

Course Standards
10JAP001 Listening
10JAP002 Speaking
10JAP003 Interacting
10JAP004 Reading
10JAP005 Writing

Course Overview

Term 1
• have a conversation with a waiter/waitress and order meals in a café/restaurant in Japanese
• understand what people would like to eat, what they order and how much the food is
• talk about your diet, eating habits and table manners
• Talk about typical meals of your family

Term 2
• talk about their family – name, age, year level, likes/dislikes, hobbies, occupation etc.
• ask others about their family
• say body parts
• describe people
• Talk about appearance in speaking and writing
• Write borrowing words in katakana
• Make a short speech on themselves and their family
• Produce a Family Booklet
• Talk about family life in Japan

Term 3
• talk about houses – what the house is like, how many rooms there are, what kind of rooms there are, where the rooms are, what the rooms are like, what is in the room, what they do in the room etc.
• Ask other students about their house
• Understand the information of a house in listening and reading
• Write location words in kanji
• Produce a poster of “house for sale”
• Talk about Japanese houses and life style

Term 4
• Talk about your typical days as well as special days – what time you do what
• Ask other people about their day
• Find the key information about other people’s day in listening and reading
• Produce some pieces of writing on their week
• Talk about Japanese young people and popular sports and leisure activities

Recommended Prior Learning

Open Entry, however, Students may experience some difficulty if they have not already studied Japanese at Year 9. In such a situation, please see the Head of Department to discuss entry.

This Subject:
Leads to NCEA Japanese Levels 1 - 3
It also prepares students for various careers such as translating, interpreting, foreign affairs/diplomatic service, the travel industry, and business.

Assessment Information

Year 10 Japanese course assessments are in the same format as the NCEA Japanese. Students are to attempt one speech, two interactions, and two essays assessments, as well as the Listening and Reading tests.


In a world of global trade, one of the job options for speakers of Japanese is in the field of imports and exports. Political Scientist is another option.
A career in this field offers the opportunity to witness and influence international policy. Teaching the language and working as a translator is also a possibility.

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