LOTE – Japanese
Languages – Japanese 日本語
The Box Hill North Primary School Languages program introduces students to Japanese language (日本語 – nihongo) and culture in a fun and engaging environment. The languages program is designed to expand students’ awareness of cultural diversity and develop an understanding of different lifestyles, foods, customs, traditions and writing systems.
Japanese language classes are centred around communicative activities encouraging students to use authentic language in context. Students develop speaking, listening, literacy and numeracy skills and their language acquisition is supported through the use of songs, dance, visual aids, realia and ACTLAN, a method of using intentional gestures developed to match and mirror the target language.
Throughout the program, students are introduced to the three Japanese scripts – hiragana, katakana and kanji, and to various aspects of Japanese culture through ICT, books, magazines, videos, clothing, artefacts and by engaging in traditional arts and crafts such as origami and calligraphy.
Each year, students are encouraged to represent Box Hill North Primary School in the annual JLTAV (Japanese Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria) Junior Speech Contest. Participation in this contest provides students with a great opportunity to use their Japanese language skills outside the languages classroom setting, build confidence and develop public speaking skills.
Last year, two of our students were invited to join Warrandyte Primary School’s inaugural school trip to Japan which included a visit to a Japanese primary school. This was an invaluable experience in furthering our students’ Japanese language and culture awareness both through the first hand experiences the two students had in-country and also post trip via the sharing of stories, photos and videos with the school community. We look forward to providing further opportunities for trips to Japan in collaboration with Warrandyte Primary School.
For further information about what is happening in Japanese classes at Box Hill North PS, please visit the Nihongo@BHNPS blog by clicking here
Japanese classroom and program has been set-up to provide a lively and stimulating environment of:
- Clothing, various cultural artefacts
- Hands-on activities such as origami and calligraphy
In addition to the classroom program, the Language Lovers Club runs once a week during lunch time providing students with the opportunity to further extend their Japanese literacy skills while learning about other languages from other teachers and fellow students.
Over the past 5 years several students have represented our school and our country on cultural exchange in Japan. We are very proud of their efforts to make it through the rigorous selection process and spend time experiencing Japanese daily life, staying in a home with a host family and attending school.