The Japanese program has been running at Eaton Community College for the past 10 years.
In 2016, Year 7 and 8 students study Japanese as a requirement and it is offered as an elective to all students in Year 9 and above.
What do students do in Japanese?
At our school students learn about a language and culture that may differ greatly from their own. The purpose of everything we do in Japanese is to give students an understanding that the world is bigger than just our classroom and to teach them respect for people from all cultures. We also hope that they come away from our lessons with the basics of an Asian language that is becoming increasingly important in our global society.
In class, students are introduced to the Japanese writing system and are encouraged to use spoken Japanese language with their teachers and peers. Technology is used across all classes in order to facilitate language learning. The Japanese classes have access to a set of Ipads and also partake in online learning through the Department of Education’s Connect website.
What opportunities does our Japanese program provide?
In 2007, Eaton Community College invited their first group of exchange students into the school through the Australian Institute of International Understanding’s homestay program. The Exchange students stayed with our staff and students’ families and attended our students’ classes. The experience was a great success. Since then, our school has also accepted groups of exchange students from Gold Tours and hosts a group every year in July. Host families are always needed for the short stay and the experiences that come from opening your home to an international visitor are a valuable one for all involved.
Opportunities are available every second year for students studying Japanese to participate in a Tour to Japan. Eaton Community’s first tour to Japan left during the Term 3 school holidays in 2013. Our next group tour to Japan will be in 2017. In February 2015, Eaton Community College commenced a Sister School relationship with Naruo Highschool in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.
- Mrs Kristy Jaeckel
- Ms Sharon Carleo