Japanese continues to grow in popularity at Anglo with more and more enthusiastic learners opting to learn a language that is so different from English that makes you rethink your most basic assumptions about the way language works. Japanese is difficult in ways that European languages are not, but it is also surprisingly easy in ways that they can be difficult, for example, Japanese is extremely easy to pronounce. Whether you are a fan of anime and mange, a ninja wannabe, a Japanese film buff, addicted to sushi or you just want to know more about the culture that brought us karate, karaoke, and Hello Kitty, Japanese could be the language for you!
We offer Japanese from Year 8 up to GCSE and throughout the sixth form. Depending on your capability and interests you may work towards GCSE, WJEC Entry Level or the International Baccalaureate (IB). We also offer a business related certificate as an enrichment course in Year 10. Hence we are able to respond to the needs of all our students and equip each individual to maximize their personal potential for success at examination.
Key Stage 3.
In Years 8 and 9, there is one mixed ability class for Japanese. Native speakers are supported through extra activities and, with the agreement of parents, on extension work of a more advanced nature.
Course books used are Kimono, which are supplemented with additional material, including authentic resources which allow the teacher to differentiate target learning according to the needs of the class.
Year 8 Kimono 1 Textbook ISBN: 0949919667
Kimono 1 Workbook ISBN: 0949919675
Year 9 Kimono 2 Textbook ISBN: 0949919810
Kimono 2 Workbook ISBN: 0949919829
Topics covered include hobbies, holidays and health, plus many more.
Teachers provide regular written feedback on progress and more detailed feedback once every half term on achievement in relation to end of Key Stage target. Students are informed about what they need to do to move on in their learning and are expected to respond to marking.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 students of Japanese follow the Edexcel GCSE syllabus. The GCSE course start in Year 10 and is taught over a two year period culminating in exams at the end of Year 11.
The course book for Japanese GCSE is given below:
Kimono 3 textbook ISBN 0949919977
Kimono 3 workbook ISBN 1875633154
The syllabus comprises deeper study of topics covered at Key Stage 3 along with new topics including customs and traditions, Japanese film and global citizenship.
Students receive regular oral and written feedback on their progress against their target grades and are given opportunities to undertake self and peer assessment.
There is a choice of options for study of Japanese in the sixth form. Students may opt for Japanese IB Standard Ab Initio or a beginners’ course run by the Welsh exam board, the WJEC. Courses cover culture and current affairs of the Japanese speaking world, literature, political and social issues. Fuller information concerning advanced study of Japanese is given in the sixth form section of our website.
The Japanese department runs support clinics in the run up to exams where this is necessary. We also offer specific sixth form clinics, which sixth formers can attend as and when a need arises.
We support our sixth formers in preparation for their speaking exams through the help of peers and extra sessions with the teacher, above the standard language lesson provision, where necessary.
We also have a fantastic cinema room for sixth formers to watch a range of Japanese language films, an enjoyable way of enhancing proficiency in Japanese.
Overseas visits programme
The visits programme enhances the language learning process enormously and we encourage as many students as possible to grasp these opportunities. There is currently no visit to Japan, however, we welcome a group of students from Japan to our school every March and we are keen to make the most of this opportunity in the future.