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

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Curriculum content descriptions

Use knowledge of familiar kanji to predict meaning of unknown words

[Key concepts: script conventions, kanji readings, radicals; Key processes: recognising, discriminating, writing, decoding]


  • understanding that kanji are used for nouns, stems of verbs and adjectives, and some adverbs, and that the addition of hiragana to the stem of verbs and adjectives is called okurigana
  • recognising that many kanji have multiple readings and that there are two types of readings, that is, on-yomi (; on ‘reading’ or ‘sound’), Chinese-style pronunciation; and kun-yomi (; kun ‘reading’ or ‘explanation’), Japanese-style pronunciation
  • developing strategies to guess the meaning of unknown words that contain unfamiliar kanji, utilising clues such as radicals
  • writing some kanji compound words, for example, 外国語(がいこくご), 日本料理(にほんりょうり)
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Word attack,  Japanese language,  Radicals (Characters)


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