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Winmalee High School

Winmalee High School

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In NSW high schools, languages is a key learning area.

Language study allows students to develop communication skills, learn about languages as systems and explore the relationship between language and culture. Students engage with the linguistic and cultural diversity of societies and reflect on their understanding of social interactions.

The study of a language is compulsory for 100 hours in one continuous school year from Year 7 to Year 10, but preferably in Years 7 or 8.

In Years 11 and 12, NSW schools offer a wide variety of languages, catering for beginning students to background speakers.

Languages - Japanese

Language teacher with students in classroom

Japanese at Winmalee High School starts with 100 hours of language learning in Year 8. The skills learnt in acquiring a second language enhance the learning of other subjects at Winmalee High and help to ensure balance in the whole school curriculum. Elective Japanese is offered in Years 9-12.

What does language learning look like at Winmalee High School?

The classroom caters for 21st Century learners through the use of ICT, collaborative learning, critical thinking as well as ethical and intercultural understanding.

Students studying a second language experience learning through games and quizzes, a diverse range of teaching and learning strategies designed to meet the needs of all learning styles in the classroom.

Language Studies Stage 4&5 (Years 7-10)

Year 8 students do 100 hours of Japanese language acquiring basic conversational skills, becoming familiar with all 3 scripts in Japanese and learning about the culture of Japan.

In Stage 5 (Year 9 and 10) an elective course is offered to all students. Students of Japanese studying this course build on the knowledge base established in Year 8 and increase vocabulary, gain greater fluency and apply more sophisticated grammatical structures in their writing and speaking.

Language Studies Stage 6 (Years 11-12)

Continuers students of Japanese learn to exchange information, opinions and experiences in Japanese, express ideas through the production of original texts in Japanese, analyse, process and respond to texts written in Japanese and understand aspects of the language and culture of Japanese-speaking communities. Meeting these objectives will involve using the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, either individually or in combination, and being able to move between Japanese and English.

Further information about Languages can be found at:

Stage 5 Japanese Syllabus

Stage 6 Languages Syllabus