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9 Japanese

Although next year timetables are yet to be finalised, course selection is now finished. Any changes to student courses will now take place in January.

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Miss J. Murphy

Welcome to year 9 Japanese at EGGS!

Japan is known for its cultural influence on the world. From food, to anime and manga, to traditional clothing and decoration, Japan’s culture is unique and beautiful. Speaking Japanese opens the door to experiencing this new world of culture, history and tradition.

As NZ’s 4th largest trading partner, there are many opportunities for Kiwis to use Japanese both in Japan and at home.

In this full-year course you will study the basics of communication in Japanese. The course will have a personal focus, where we develop skills to talk about ourselves. You will learn the 2 Japanese alphabets completely as well as beginning study of kanji (Japanese pictogram characters). You will learn Japanese through pair and group work, role plays, games, songs, and competitions. The big idea is Introductions and you will discover language that is immediately useful.

We will cover topics such as:

  • Introducing and describing yourself and your family
  • Life in Japan
  • Leisure time
  • Going places
  • Daily activities
  • Japanese cultural festivals.

You will also experience a range of Japanese cultural activities, like Origami and Sushi Making.

Why study Japanese? Watch and find out:

Recommended Prior Learning

None - this is an introductory course, and assumes no prior knowledge.

Course Costs and Equipment/ Stationery requirements

Highly recommended: $50 Education Perfect (combined subscription with Maths and Science)
Students must also purchase a 1B8 or 2B8 exercise book for classwork. 2B8 recommended for durability.

Description Type Value
Education Perfect Voluntary $50.00


Japanese continues for all 5 years of study at EGGS, and is a full NCEA subject at level 1, 2, and 3. It is also offered at all major NZ universities.
The Japanese department at EGGS offers opportunities to travel to Japan in group tours or privately organised individual exchanges (as COVID-19 allows).

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We aim to enable every student to have the course that they prefer, however, some courses have limited places or pre-requisits that may restrict the student's choice.