"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart." ‒Nelson Mandela

In Japanese we aim to equip our students with the means to excel in a global society where the understanding of another language and of another culture is of paramount importance.  We want our students to be able to form lasting relationships with those from other countries and to understand that international links are invaluable to us in business and in friendship.  In our lessons, we strive to challenge our students, to engage them in stimulating dialogues, to peak their interest and to help them become independent learners.  With our very successful and popular Japanese exchange and our strong links with Japan, we hope to help our students to become global citizens.

Students have 3 lessons a week

Exam board Edexcel http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/japanese-2009.html

Students study the GCSE Edexcel specification.  This builds on their knowledge gained in KS3 and enables them to meet new and exciting topics alongside familiar topics which are then explored further and in more depth. Students continue to gain confidence in all four language skills, increasing their vocabulary base and enabling them to write long essays and read extended texts. We aim to develop a deeper understanding of grammar and the structures that underpin the language as well as learning more kanji and continuing to practise hiragana and katakana.  Our teaching and learning continues to involve a wide range of challenging, fun and engaging activities. Students are expected to consolidate their learning at home by independently reviewing each lesson and completing all homework.





Year 10

The Natural Environment
Last Weekend
Daily Life

My Home Town
Asking Directions

In the Home

Year 11

Customs and Special Events
My Future

School Life
Dealing with Problems

Fitness and Health Issues

 Assessment: Listening exam (23%), Speaking exam (27%), Reading exam (23%), Writing exam (27%)

Outside the classroom

Hendon students studying GCSE Japanese are offered the chance to participate in our Japanese school exchange.  In Year 10, 20 of our students spend nearly 2 weeks in Japan, visiting Tokyo and then spending time with Japanese host families in the city of Hamamatsu. They also attend our sister school, Konan High School.  In March, 20 of the Konan students visit Hendon and our students from Year 9 upwards have the opportunity to be a host family. They can then share their own culture with the Japanese students.   Our Year 13 students are also given a chance to organise their own trip to Hiroshima, in Japan, to support their A2 exam research. We are furthermore launching new opportunities for independent study outside the classroom through our KS3 independent homework projects.

Progression pathways and careers

Learning a language opens up to a world of careers. Language learners can continue learning the language at university for careers such as interpreting and translation. However, in most lines of work, knowledge of a second language helps you to communicate with other people. 

Useful links

Hiragana practise- http://www.csus.edu/indiv/s/sheaa/projects/genki/hiragana-timer.html
Online dictionary- http://jisho.org/
Japanese culture- http://web-japan.org/kidsweb/
Japan Foundations Resources- http://www.jpf.org.uk/language/teaching_resources.php


Mr Ian Sanz Hurst sanzhursti@hendonschool.co.uk

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