The Friends' School

Japanese

Japanese Day MorrisAt Morris we recognise the benefit each child obtains from having access to different cultures, perspectives and languages.

Acquisition of more than one language enriches personal growth and helps facilitate international and intercultural understanding.

At Morris we provide the opportunity for all students to learn more than one language, through our Japanese language program.

Exposure to and experience with language opens doors to key questions about life and learning, and encourages students to develop responsible attitudes and find appropriate ways to take action in order to make a difference in the world.

Quote from IB Mission Statement:

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

Our School’s Purpose and Concerns states the desire for all students to ‘hold a global perspective’.

Students are encouraged to recognise that competency in more than one language – is a valuable life skill and a powerful tool both in societal communication and as a means of personal reflection.

While our primary focus is communication and the development of basic language proficiency we believe that language is learned best through inquiry based and authentic language experiences. In all curriculum areas there are links for language learning, and practice and opportunities to deepen students’ understandings. Furthermore the learning of a language is a creative process, which encourages the development of imagination and creativity through self-expression.

Our Japanese language program draws upon both the ACARA Japanese Language Curriculum and the Primary Years Program language guidelines. Students from Kindergarten to Year 6 are involved in the program, with extra classes being provided for beginner language learners in Year 5. Extension opportunities are also available through the Japanese Speech and Calligraphy competition. Once a year Morris celebrates our language learning with participation in an authentic Japanese festival. Students come together to share song, dance, performances and activities and use our developing language skills Connections with our Sister Schools and our Japanese teachers working with a Japanese learning assistant all support and enhance the vitality of the program and provide authentic links for the children to build their understanding upon.

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