Language study provides students with the opportunity to develop communication skills, learn about languages as systems and explore the relationship between language and culture. Students engage with the linguistic and cultural diversity of societies and reflect on their understanding of social interactions.
In NSW secondary schools, languages is a Key Learning Area. The study of a language is compulsory for 100 hours in one school year in Stage 4 or 5, but preferably in Stage 4.
In Stage 6, a wide variety of languages is offered in NSW schools, catering for beginning students to background speakers.
Students at The Ponds High School learn Japanese in both Year 7 and 8. It is also offered as an elective class with classes running in both Stage 5 and 6.
Stage 5 electives (Year 9 and 10)
· Japanese 1
· Japanese 2
· Japanese 3
· Japanese 4
Stage 6 electives (Year 11 and 12)
· Japanese Beginners
· Japanese Continuers
· Japanese Extension
In 2018, students participated in the first overseas excursion to Japan. This opportunity is provided to students studying Japanese in Stage 5. Students have also participated in various other excursions such as Japan Film Festival. Each year students in Year 7 have the opportunity to participate in the sushi incursion where a Japanese chef comes to school to demonstrate how to make authentic sushi to students during their Food Topic.
Japanese Student Visits
Japanese students regularly visit The Ponds High School. During these visits of1-2 weeks, students from TPHS have the opportunity to become host families. This experience allows students to make friends with Japanese children their own age, and share cultural experiences.
At The Ponds High School, students are able to continue their studies in Japanese by completing Japanese Continuers. An extension course is also offered in Japanese.
In Stage 6, a wide variety of languages is offered in NSW schools, catering for beginning students to background speakers. Students may also have opportunities to study external languages.