In the Japanese classroom the students are involved in intercultural language learning. This enables them to actively participate in their learning of not only Japanese culture and language, but also to extend and notice aspects of their language systems and culture. Students are involved in doing, thinking, noticing, comparing and reflecting. As they do this they are developing an understanding of their own languages systems. This strengthens their literacy and cognitive skills through thinking about language systems, analysing, problem solving and making connections in their learning.
Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 students study Japanese for one lesson per week whilst the Year 3/4 class, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6 and Year 7 students study Japanese for two lessons per week. The classroom is colourful and inviting and has an extensive range of Japanese resources. The Japanese lessons are based on the students needs and what interests them. The interactive white board is used often to display videos and pictures of Japanese life and engage in interactive games that develop grammar structures and vocabulary that are being focussed on during the lessons.
During the school year students also have the opportunity to engage in Japanese experiences across the curriculum. These experiences may include: participating in Japanese Culture Day, sharing games with Japanese Exchange students from the local high school, creating and performing in concert items, Japanese sports activities and having Japanese performers attend the school.