Level 3 Japanese

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms J. Kim

みなさん!ようこそ! Welcome to your last NCEA year of studying Japanese!

Over the next year you will continue to develop your Japanese skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking while working towards gaining Level Three credits for the National Certificate of Educational Achievement. Students will learn practical skills for use in Japan. For example, creating a Japanese CV and having a mock interview in Japanese. Other topics include Japanese etiquette, traditions and festivals, city and country life and social and environmental issues. This course covers the national curriculum at Levels 7 and 8. We offer some opportunities for students to visit Japan while they are studying Japanese. Japanese Language offer an array of skills which are highly valued by employers from all sectors. Because foreign language is not narrowly focused on specific career paths, you have a wide array of professional options! You name it! Any work that is in Japan, Services for Japanese living in New Zealand (doctor, accountant, lawyer, real estate, banking etc.), Interpreter, translator, teacher, JET programme (english teacher in Japan, sports coordinator) etc

What is the point of continuously learn the language?

Multilingual people are able to communicate and interact within multiple communities. Potential employers consider this a valuable asset in an employee’s skill set, as they’re able to connect with a broader range of people. You up your personal and professional value if you’re able to negotiate with manufacturers in another country or communicate with customers who don’t speak your native language.

Not to mention, your ability to speak a second language conveys that you’re motivated and driven to learn new skills, and this also gives you a competitive edge over those who haven’t yet become bilingual.

Many would argue that bilingualism is becoming a progressively necessary and essential skill for anyone who wants to keep up with today’s rapidly increasing global economy. As more and more people recognize the importance of learning an additional language, those who only speak one language will begin to get left behind in our shift towards a more integrated and connected global society. 

Areas  studied: 

We will be spending much time using Japanese in a real context as illustrated by the topics above. All
learning will have some connection with the umbrella topic, “Student Exchange to Japan.”

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

This year we will be using the textbook called Wakatta together with supplementary workbooks.

Recommended Prior Learning

At least 5 credits gained internally AND 5 credits gained externally through NCEA Level 2 Japanese. Otherwise permission required from TIC Japanese.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91553 v2 Japanese 3.1 - Demonstrate understanding of a variety of extended spoken Japanese texts
A.S. 91554 v1 Japanese 3.2 - Give a clear spoken presentation in Japanese that communicates a critical response to stimulus material
A.S. 91556 v1 Japanese 3.4 - Demonstrate understanding of a variety of extended written and/or visual Japanese texts
A.S. 91557 v1 Japanese 3.5 - Write a variety of text types in clear Japanese to explore and justify varied ideas and perspectives
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 18

* Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.

Total Credits Available: 18 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.


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