Languages – Japanese

"Learning a language makes our minds stronger and more flexible. Actually using it gives us an entirely new experience of the world."

John Cleese, Actor

MacKillop Catholic College Japanese Language Courses are based on the Australian Curriculum - Japanese standards and guidelines. Japanese Language study forms a part of our Year 7 and 8 compulsory curriculum, after which students are encouraged to continue their Japanese studies in Years 9 and 10 through our College Elective Program.

In addition to developing student competence in Japanese language communication, our Japanese Language Program aims to foster an appreciation and respect for Japanese culture.

Topics covered include:

  • family life
  • food and eating out
  • sports
  • hobbies
  • school life
  • daily routine

Students are engaged in varied learning activities that enable them to develop their Japanese listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in engaging and purposeful contexts. In addition to study through worksheets, films, role plays and oral communication activities, students also analyse the grammatical structure of both Japanese and English, learn about non-verbal communication strategies such gestures, colloquial phrases and explore the life and traditions of Japan.


Expansion in the areas of travel, communication and commerce has created a modern Australia closely connected with people of other countries, cultures and communities. As a result, language learning is increasingly being recognised as an important tool in helping young people to develop the skills and understandings they will need to live in our ever-changing global environment. Participation in our Japanese program provides our students with the opportunity to connect globally and build valuable lifelong, transferable employment skills.

Our ultimate aim is to help our students to develop their capacity to understand and feel confident as a member of the global community, to approach people from varying cultures and backgrounds with empathy and respect, and to understand that there are many different, yet equally valuable ways of living and seeing our world.

Years 9 and 10

As a part of our program, students continuing with their Japanese Language studies in Years 9 and 10 are offered the opportunity to participate in our Japan Study Tour and travel to Japan as part of a school trip every two years. This tour allows our students to use their language skills in a genuine context, to explore modern and traditional culture, and to enjoy travelling with peers. This trip is an extension activity, providing an in-country learning experience for participating students but is neither compulsory nor expected.

"Through learning language, we learn about culture. Through learning about culture, we learn respect for others. Through learning respect for others we can hope for peace."

Australian Curriculum – Japanese