Japanese - Level 2

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms S. Barrett

Japanese at Level 2 broadens students' horizons. Akonga move from the immediately familiar to making comparisons between culture and lifestyle. The aim is to develop increasingly able communicators who can participate in discussion. This is achieved by inquiring into similarities and differences between New Zealand and Japan in contexts such as friendship, study, interests, and travel.

Course Overview

Term 1
Reintroducing ourselves to Japanese: revision of Level 1 vocabulary and grammar
Kyoumi ga aru no? (Are you interested?): Discussing and voting for the topics for the year.
Let's talk about it!: Oral Presentation at term's end.

Term 2
Yeah, write!: Introduction to the writing portfolio
The business: Exploring topics and improving competency in culture and language-related aspects. Speaking, listening, reading, and writing are all important.
Exams: Mid-year

Term 3
Yeah, write!: Writing portfolio continues, and is due at the end of this term.
Speak up: Some students may be offered the opportunity to complete the Interact (spoken) portfolio.
Ongoing business: Topics covered may include: 'Social Media: friend or foe?', 'Teenagers: Saving the World'.
Exams: End-of-year

Term 4
Exam revision


Japanese - Level 3

Apart from dedicated career paths, such as interpreter, teacher, or translator, a language is a useful addition to any future pathway. Marketing, sales, law, medicine, health and lifestyle, and diplomatic careers all benefit from an additional worldview.


If you did not take a pathway course at Level 1, or achieved fewer than 14 credits in that course, you will need HOD approval.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.
Course endorsement provides recognition for a student who has performed exceptionally well in an individual course.
Students will gain an endorsement for a course if, in a single school year, they achieve:
14 or more credits at Merit or Excellence, and
at least 3 of these credits from externally assessed standards and 3 credits from internally assessed standards.

This course is approved for University Entrance.
For a full list of UE approved subjects, go here:

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91133 v3 Japanese 2.1 - Demonstrate understanding of a variety of spoken Japanese texts on familiar matters
A.S. 91135 v2 Japanese 2.2 - Give a spoken presentation in Japanese that communicates information, ideas and opinions
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A.S. 91136 v3 Japanese 2.4 - Demonstrate understanding of a variety of written and/or visual Japanese text(s) on familiar matters
A.S. 91137 v2 Japanese 2.5 - Write a variety of text types in Japanese to convey information, ideas, and opinions in genuine contexts
Total Credits

Total Credits Available: 19 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 9 credits.

Pathway Tags

Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation, Translator, Editing and Publishing, Automotive Industry, International Business and Marketing, Diplomacy, Teaching, Law, Sales, Customer Service. Complements careers in Law, Finance and Economy, Engineering, Counselling and more., Case Manager, Diplomat, Event Management, Flight Attendant, Foreign Policy Officer, Historian, Immigration Officer, Intelligence Officer, International Business, Interpreter, Journalist, Media, Private Teacher/Tutor, Secondary School Teacher, Tertiary Lecturer, Tourism, Tour Guide, Travel Agent/Adviser, Workplace Relations Adviser

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