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
Cumberland High School offers Japanese in Year 7 as a 100-hour compulsory subject. Students have the option to study Japanese in Stage 5 and Stage 6 as an elective. In Years 11 and 12, students are offered the Japanese Beginners or Japanese Continuers courses. An Extension course for students at the Continuers level is also available through the NSW School of Languages.
Students engage in various authentic language and cultural activities to enhance their intercultural knowledge and understanding. These include: shodo (calligraphy), taiko drumming workshops, school visits and Zoom calls with Japanese school students. Students’ works are also displayed on MAD night to showcase and celebrate their skills and efforts.
Year 7 Japanese participates in the annual JTAN Nengajyo competition to demonstrate their Japanese language learning and artistic skills in designing a New Year’s card.
The Japanese Club runs every Thursday at lunch. Students in all years are welcome to join and engage in Japanese cultural activities!
Student Works - Year 7 Japanese Art Competition
Student Works - Year 9 Calligraphy
Student Works - Year 9 Japanese Name Key Rings
Student Works - Year 10 Traditional Mask Design
Student Works - Japanese Display at MAD concert
Japanese Incursion - Taiko Drumming
Japanese Cultural Experience - Furoshiki Wrapping Style