Japanese / Year 7 and 8 / Understanding / Systems of language

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Curriculum content descriptions

Recognise and understand the relationship between the character-based scripts of hiragana, katakana and kanji

[Key concepts: script, kana, kanji, hiragana, katakana, furigana, stroke order, pictograph; Key processes: recognising, copying, applying, distinguishing]

 (ACLJAU013)

Elaborations
  • understanding that the Japanese language uses three different scripts depending on word origins and on the context of language use
  • reading and writing all hiragana and katakana, including voiced, contracted and blended sounds, using the kana chart
  • using the kana chart as a systematic framework to support learning
  • recognising that Japanese can be written vertically or horizontally and has various typefaces in printed form
  • understanding the use of basic Japanese punctuation marks such as a まる (。) 、 てん (、) and katakana long vowel mark (), for example, in a student’s name such as サリー
  • applying the principles of stroke order to write all kana and high-frequency kanji such as ()きます、 月、 (おお)きい
  • knowing that kanji were brought from China and that hiragana was formed by simplifying the form of kanji, while katakana was formed using a part of kanji
  • understanding that each individual kanji represents meaning as well as sound, such as (‘sun’, ‘day’), and that some kanji come from pictographs, for example,
  • learning to write high-frequency kanji, such as numbers, days of the week, family members, and basic adjectives and verbs, applying the basic principles for stroke order, for example, (ちち)(はは)(ちい)さい、 ()ます、日本語(にほんご)
  • understanding the use of furigana as a tool to support reading
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Japanese language,  Kanji,  Katakana,  Kana

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