Who should join this course?
- The HSC course provides complete preparation for the HSC in Japanese and covers the skills and knowledge required in the Stage 6 syllabus for the HSC examination (Japanese Beginners).
- We use all assessment tasks supported by the board of studies and past HSC exam papers including listening CDs in our lessons to intensively support students to prepare for HSC exams.
- We are also in regular contact with high school teachers, which allows us to keep up to date with any changes in curricula and have a source of valuable and current teaching materials.
As for the preparation for the exams of HSC Japanese and development of skills in speaking, listening, writing and reading of secondary school students, the following knowledge and skills will be taught and trained in particular at the Workshop. We will use the past Exam samples, reference books and other relevant, stimulating and effective teaching resources.
After finishing the course, students would be able to understand and analyse the purpose and context of the tasks:
- To able to speak and write correct, sensible, meaningful (and distinctive) discourse
- To be able to express specific information, facts, opinions, issues, ideas and experiences which are relevant to the tasks
- To be able to address requirement of the tasks
- To be able to write Japanese discourse with use of Kanji script effectively
- To be able to understand the influence of social values, customer, behaviour, relationships, psychological or emotional state etc that are reflected in discourse
- (Especially for the Writing and Speaking Exams,) Be able to analyse the differences, similarities or common features between Japan and Australia (or any other country/linguistic and cultural group) intelligently, sensibly and accurately
- To have basic, general and sound knowledge upon Japan, e.g. its population, climate, geography, custom, religions, politics, education, industries, language, interesting places for travel, recreation (e.g. hot springs, festivals, popular sports, relationships between Japan and Australia or any other country)
Apart from the HSC Exam paper of especially last year, part of the following reference books might be used in the Workshop:
- A First course in Japanese, 1995, F. Reekie, Pascal Press
- Kookoo Seikatsu 1 & 2, K .Aitchinson, 1994, Macmillan Education (and its Kanji Book, too)
- Wakatta! J. D. & Sorrell, 1999, Pascal Press
- Japanese for Everyone, S. Nagara et al, 1995, Gakken
- A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar, S. Makino et al, Japan Times, 1986
- A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar, Makino et al, Japan Times, 1995