Learning Japanese – the gateway to another culture.
Japanese has been part of the curriculum at Living Waters Lutheran College since the beginning of the school’s history. Studies include the cultural aspect as well as the academic.
At Halls Head campus, students begin learning Japanese in 3 Year Old Kindy with two sessions per term throughout the year. Each session is short and dynamic and runs for approximately twenty minutes. All other classes 4 Year Old Kindy –Year 6 have one weekly Japanese lesson of fifty minutes.
The Japanese program offers students challenges in both spoken and written Japanese. Students will work towards giving a sound and reasonably long introduction of themselves in Japanese as well as that of a friend. We will also focus on counting in Japanese with the standard being raised, so that Upper Primary students will know the numbers up to 1000 by the end of the year.
Students in Year 4 to 6 can earn themselves certificates for their efforts in using two Japanese periods across the terms. In Year 2, the emphasis for the Japanese script will be on recognition, while in Year 3, students will begin the process of writing Japanese hiragana.
Although still in the preparation stage, the program intends to offer students the use of iPads to tackle head-on reading and listening challenges beyond the usual routine in the classroom. As a trial this year, this option should be available first to Upper Primary students during Term 1 or 2, with the younger classes to follow later in the year.
For all students, our traditional Japanese lunchbox will be available again this year in Term 2.
Finally, the graduating Year 6 class of 2015 will be participating in the traditional Japanese cooking session at the end of Term 4.