Students learn a language other than English, referred to as LOTE, to gain an understanding of the influence of language on culture and to develop an appreciation of a different way of life.
Students from years Prep to 6 at Woodhill learn Japanese and are engaged in speaking, listening, reading and writing experiences. Students use information and communication technologies to inquire, create and communicate about Japanese language and culture.
Students in 5 D and 5/6 BM participate in 90 minutes of Japanese per week while the remaining classes in years Prep to 4 complete 30 minute lessons.
Students in the early phase of learning:
· Learn to communicate in Japanese in familiar contexts using simple vocabulary, key phrases and greetings.
· Engage in basic writing and comprehension tasks.
· Gain an appreciation of Japanese culture and make comparisons between one's own language and culture.
Students in the middle phase of learning:
· Extend their proficiency in Japanese and use Japanese to communicate in different contexts.
· Become familiar with Japanese script and the rules for reading and writing Hiragana.
· Are engaged in activities that promote knowledge of language conventions and cultural practices.
Learning another language is an important part of the curriculum at Woodhill and provides opportunities to students for further education, intellectual challenge and enjoyment.