Japanese / Year 9 and 10 / Understanding / Systems of language

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Curriculum content descriptions

Understand the intonation and phrasing patterns of spoken Japanese; and recognise that most kanji have more than one ‘reading’ and that the pronunciation changes according to kanji compounds

[Key concepts: phonetic changes, intonation patterns, pacing; Key processes: distinguishing, vocalising]


  • understanding that some new notations have been devised over the years to account for the sounds of loan words, for example, ティ、 ヴィ、 ヴ
  • recognising and applying the basic pattern of intonation in Japanese, marked by the formation of a downturning curve
  • identifying the characteristic of rising intonation when asking questions in plain or ましょう form, for example, 行く? 行きましょうか?
  • understanding how to make appropriate pauses in a sentence, dividing the sentence into cohesive chunks to allow for the use of あいづち
  • understanding that changes occur in kanji readings, for example, (がつ)(げつ)曜日
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Intonation,  Japanese language,  Kanji

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