At Nashville State School, Japanese is offered to students from Prep to Year 6. The Australian Curriculum: Languages – Japanese is pitched for the cohort of learners for whom Japanese is an additional language. The communicative approach is the basis of language learning at Nashville State School. Students are assessed and reported from Semester 2, Year 4 for their language learning.
Japanese Club is offered during the lunchbreak on Fridays. The main focus in “J Club” is origami, a traditional craft in Japan.
Japanese is the official language of Japan, Australia’s northern neighbour in the Asia region. Japanese culture influences many areas of contemporary Australian society, including the arts, design, technology, fashion, popular culture and cuisine. Japan has been a close strategic and economic partner of Australia’s for more than 50 years, and there is ongoing exchange between the two countries in the areas of education, trade, diplomacy and tourism. Japan is an important nation within Asia and a significant contributor to economic, political and diplomatic relations in the region.
Learning a foreign language has been linked to benefits such as greater awareness of one’s native language and being a competent global citizen.