Japanese Level 1

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Miss K. Takeda

Recommended Prior Learning

Open Entry, however, it is recommended that you would have achieved a pass in Year 10 Japanese. You need to be able to read and write Hiragana and Katakana to attempt/ complete the work set in Level 1 Japanese at Liston College. 

This course continues the study of spoken and written Japanese begun in junior classes. The topics covered are: My Town, My Friend’s Birthday, Travel and Japanese Schooling

The students are taught the language and culture in class using Nihongo Hapani which is developed by Takeda Sensei. https://nihongohapani.co/  The students can revise the junior courses and/or try extension work by using this website at any time during the year.

Course Overview

Term 1
• Describe the location of various objects according to both written and pictorial information.
• Label a map with shops and facilities according to instructions
• Answer questions about the location of objects based on passage with the support of resources about their own town
• Understand directions, both written and verbal, to find various locations on a map
• Ask for directions to a given location and can give others directions, both written and verbal, to a given location
• Match written descriptions of people with pictures
• Describe people including their physical features, clothing, what and colours of using more complex language
• Are able to discuss some differences between Japanese clothing and Western clothing in English and name them in Japanese
• Discuss leisure activities using more complex language
• Describe features of houses in Japan
• Label a house plan
• Talk about their own house to a partner

Term 2
• Say what they want and don’t want to do/ would or would not buy and give reasons why or why not
• Say what they gave someone or received from someone
• Recognise and use formal giving and receiving expressions
• Discuss hobbies and reasons for liking or disliking various activities
• Name a number of foods in Japanese and choose which foods they would buy from a list and give reasons
• Ask and answer questions about wishes, hopes and future plans
• Write sentences based on pictures about what people want to do and why
• Write a passage about their shopping day
• Understand and express quantities and prices
• Make comparisons between two items using adjectives to say which is more … than the other
• Describe objects using adjectives to say it is too….
• Count a number of objects in Japanese using the appropriate counter
• Write and perform dialogues between a customer and shopkeeper
• Describe the frequency of activities
• Invite others to do various activities using more complex time words
Discuss actions in the present continuous and express the idea of two actions at one time.

Term 3
• Label a weather map according to given information
• Describe various weather conditions
• Discuss the difference between NZ and Japan
• Describe common cultural activities that occur during various seasons ain Japan and NZ
• Express change using more complex grammar
• Write passages about the seasons in Japanese
• Use more complex grammar to describe activities, their frequency and who with
• Describe when actions occur using more complex structures
• Ask about and describe a sickness
• Ask for and give or decline permission to do various activities

Term 4
• Discuss some differences between NZ and Japanese schools
• Answer questions based on a passage about schools in Japan
• Answer questions in Japanese about their school
• Answer questions in Japanese about their school
• Fill in a school timetable based on the given information
• Write and read common school life in kanji
• Describe what subjects they study, when and their likes and dislikes
• Write a passage to Japanese students about school life in NZ
• Express which subjects are their favourite and give reasons
• Answer questions about the skill level in sports, music and subjects
• Describe the frequency of activities
• Answer a questionnaire about their health and how often they do various activities
• Answer questions about schools in Japan and NZ based on passages
• Give and receive permission for classroom behaviour
• Compare school rules in Japan and NZ

Learning Areas:



Japanese Level 2

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.

Career Pathways

Private Teacher/Tutor, Secondary School Teacher, Speech-Language Therapist, Flight Attendant, Tour Guide, Travel Agent/Adviser, Intelligence Officer, Journalist, Interpreter, Editor, Foreign Policy Officer, Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Importer/Exporter, Hotel/Motel Manager, Immigration Officer, Kaiwhakaako Māori, Translator