In Year 7, all students study Japanese and Italian and in Year 8, they elect to study the language course they are most interested in. Both languages are then offered as elective courses in Stage 5.


This course is designed to introduce students to a basic knowledge of the Japanese language.

By the end of Year 10, students should be able to:

  • Understand Japanese spoken at reasonable speed in the following situations:  getting about, shopping, eating out, speaking on the telephone, at school and at home.
  • Communicate effectively in spoken Japanese with accurate pronunciation in simple everyday situations.
  • Read for comprehension a relatively simple passage or dialogue in kana with some kanji.
  • Write well formed kana and some kanji using correct stroke order.
  • Write simply and accurately in roomaji and in kana on some topics.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and appreciation of some social and cultural features of Japan.

The Beginners Course in Year 11 and 12 allows students who have not previously studied Japanese to do so. It is based on two themes: “The personal World” and “Japanese Speaking Communities”.


This course is designed to introduce students to a basic knowledge of the Italian language.  Students will learn the skills essential for communicating in everyday situations such as shopping, eating out, holidaying and celebrating. The four skills emphasised are: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Through the study of this course, students will learn to:

  • Understand spoken and written everyday Italian.
  • Express themselves in a simple manner both in writing and in speaking.
  • Appreciate and understand the richness of the Italian culture and the Italian way of life and the significant contribution made by Italians in Australia.

The continuers’ course in Years 11 and 12 provides continuity for those students who have studied the language to Year 10.  It also provides students of Italian background with the opportunity to develop and maintain their mother tongue.