NCEA Course Booklet

Modern Languages

Year 12


Prerequisites Japanese Language 1, Japanese Language 2, Japanese Language 3, Japanese Language 4. Description Students are encouraged to use Japanese variably and effectively in order to express and justify their personal perspectives, explore the opinions of others in sustained interactions and to respond critically to increasingly varied and complex texts. Cultural knowledge is important as they learn to analyse how Japanese expresses cultural meaning and how it is organised for different purposes and audiences. Students are actively encouraged to formulate opinions on issues relevant to teenagers, both here and in their chosen countries. They are exposed to a variety of media and written genres. Text types include digital communications. Technology provides more and more source material for current issues. This material becomes more and more authentic and less written for second language learners. Topics include family life, eating and drinking, school, sport and leisure.

Assessment This course contributes towards NCEA Level 2, with 10 of the 24 credits externally assessed by examination, and the remaining 14 credits internally assessed. The following Achievement Standards will be assessed: • AS 91133 (5 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of a variety of spoken Japanese texts on familiar matters. • AS 91134 (5 credits – internal) Interact using spoken Japanese to share information and justify ideas and opinions in different situations. • AS 91135 (4 credits – internal) Give a spoken demonstration in Japanese that communicates information, ideas and opinions. • AS 91136 (5 credits – external) Demonstrates understanding of a variety of written and/or visual Japanese texts on familiar matters. • AS 91137 (5 credits – internal) Write a variety of text types in Japanese to convey information, ideas and opinions in genuine contexts.

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