St Mary’s College (Wellington) St Mary’s College (Wellington)

Level 3 Japanese

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Miss J. Vincent.

Recommended Prior Learning

Students must have done Year 12 Japanese or have a strong background in the language (at teacher’s discretion)

The course continues to develop the skills needed to understand and use everyday written and spoken Japanese. The focus is being able to communicate in unfamiliar contexts. Students have to be committed to learning vocabulary and language features, and to preparing their portfolios for internal assessment. Cultural studies are integrated into the course.

This course explores more complex topics in the context of Japan. Students will be expected to continue to maintain a regular practice of vocabulary and Kanji where appropriate. 

Subject Overview

Term 1
Geography and Climate - Through this topic, we explore the geographical makeup of Japan in comparison to New Zealand. We learn how we can discuss the similarities and differences we see in Japanese and even discuss universal differences through more complex topics like climate change.

Religion in Japan - Through this topic, we explore how Japan views religion and how we can discuss how religion plays a role in our daily lives through Japanese.

Term 2
Booking an international trip - Booking a trip to any country is difficult but we learn in this topic how to read what deals are available whether it be extended stay's, cool attractions, reservations, and more!

Sightseeing and seeking recommendations - The best source of information on what cool things to do in Japan are people who live in Japan. In this unit, we explore how we can seek advice and discuss all the cool things places around the world have to offer on our trips.

Term 3
Culture shock! - When different cultures meet, there is bound to be differences but the more we know about different cultural practices and values, the more respectful and inquisitive we can be when these things happen. In this unit, we explore our own cultural values and practices and look at how the rest of the world does their own practices.

Get a job! - many of our students would love to get a job in Japan or work while travelling in Japan so we discuss how to be polite while also selling ourselves for a future employer.

Term 4
Revision for exams - This terms priorities is exam preparation and ensure students are ready for their external assessments.

Learning Areas:

Languages and Te Reo Māori

Career Pathways

Chef, Recycler/Dismantler, Historian, Flight Attendant, Counsellor, Minister of Religion, Trainer, Journalist, Interpreter, Musician, Editor, Corrections Officer, Data Entry Operator/Transcriptionist, Foreign Policy Officer, Radio Presenter, Workplace Relations Adviser, Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Importer/Exporter, Immigration Officer, Kaiwhakaako Māori, Translator, Private Teacher/Tutor

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Language Perfect for $20


All subject selections are provisional only and are subject to:

and the final decision is at the discretion of the Head of Learning Area for that subject.