Japanese at Belgrave South Primary School is taught using an approach called ‘Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling’ (TPRS), a well-researched approach to teaching language that establishes meaning and enables basic comprehension. Language is then retained through actions, repetition, focusing in core language, and reading. Students are exposed to a wide variety of Japanese in the earlier years (books, videos, scripts, songs, etc) and then encouraged to use their language to read, speak and write.
TERM ONE 2023
This term we will be focusing on talking about ourselves. This will include:
- Knowing how to greet people in Japanese
- Counting to 10
- Recognising the number characters from 1-10
- Stating how old we are
- Introducing ourselves
- Recognising our names and copying it
- Using common Japanese classroom phrases (douzo / here you are, arigatou / thanks, kudasai / please).
- Learning some colour nouns and actions to accompany them
Grades 3 and 4
This term we will be focusing on Japanese words for classroom objects, and language to be used within the classroom (Aka enpitsu kudasai / Can I please have the red pencil?). We will then apply our language by creating a memorable song.
We will also:
- Identify six Kanji characters (one of the three Japanese writing systems), including learning about the meaning and pronunciation.
- Participate in group conversations in Japanese.
- Respond to classroom instruction when given in Japanese.
Grades 5 and 6
This term we will be focusing on spoken Japanese through drama: acting out a play.
- Read a famous folkstory called ‘The Big Turnip’ (‘Ookina Kabu’ in Japanese)
- Use common language concepts that can be applied to many verbs: -mashita, -te form, -te mashoo
- Learn about animal onomatopoeia – Mouse: ‘chuu chuu’, Cat: ‘nyaa nyaa’, Dog: ‘wan wan’
- Practice our fluency using repetitive sentences