Curriculum

LOTE (Japanese)

The LOTE program at The Cathedral College provides students with opportunities to study and engage in the Japanese language and culture. Lessons are practical, communicative and allow students to speak, listen, read and write in the target language.

Fluency in another language is a skill in high demand and career opportunities are far and wide, including sectors such as education, business, law, tourism, hospitality, retail and management.

LOTE (Japanese) is mandatory in Year 7 and 8 and is studied intensively over a semester. Students can choose to continue studying Japanese in Year 9 and beyond. Aligned with the Australian Curriculum, the Year 7-10 programs have a balance of cultural and language activities. There is particular focus on learning the 3 Japanese alphabets and language that enables students to describe themselves and others, and to ask and answer basic and intermediate conversational questions. Classroom activities challenge students to consider and research traditions and unique characteristics of the Japanese culture.

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Students utilise technology to learn and revise interactively together and at their own pace. They use ICT to producr their own written and spoken texts. 

Japanese study in Year 9 to 12 develops students’ language skills and knowledge, enabling them to communicate with native speakers about a range of everyday and industry specific topics. Study of a language also has benefits in other areas of study. The Senior Japanese program, based on the 2008 QCAA syllabus, provides opportunities for students to practise a range of higher order thinking skills. 

Language learning at the College extends beyond the classroom. There are many opportunities for students to participate in LOTE focused extra-curricular activities both locally and internationally. In Year 11 and 12, students are encouraged to apply for a number of different scholarships, all of which offer subsidised travel to Japan. The College also welcomes several study groups each year who participate in language lessons.

The highlight for many students in Year 10, 11 and 12 is the College’s Japan Tour held every two years during the September holidays. During this trip, students visit cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima, experience unique culture and food and participate in a weekend home stay with a Japanese family.

The College is proud of its students’ achievements in Japanese. Since 2008, there have been four TCC students who have received the coveted Iwasaki Sangyo Travel Bursary. These results have positioned TCC as the most successful school in Queensland in receiving the bursaries. The prize is a full funded four week exchange to Japan during which students stay with a Japanese family and attend high school classes. Applications are open annually to Year 11 students. 

 

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