Languages - Japanese


Students from Year 3- 6 participate in one 60 minute Japanese language class each week. Since the program’s establishment in 2005, Dunsborough Primary School has continually  endeavoured to develop and build a rich and vast array of authentic Japanese language resources.


Japanese is a phonetic language and new words can be pronounced easily once the Japanese letters have been introduced.  Young students are ideal language learners as they are risk takers who enjoy experimenting through language games, songs, rhymes and repetition.


The language team has been using innovative teaching strategies, understanding that too heavy an emphasis on academic rigor tends to turn most students off language learning. Since attaining a class set of iPads and making use of the BYO iPad scheme, the Language team is finding innovative uses for technology to enhance language learning.


In 2019 Dunsborough Primary began using the ELLA program in Kindy and Pre-Primary.  ELLA is a digital, play-based language learning program for preschool children. This Australian Government initiative inspires children by driving a genuine interest in a new language and culture.


Our school and school community recognises the value of all languages and cultures and their significance in developing learners who are global citizens. We have worked with the Busselton Suguito Sister Cities Association (BASSCA), welcoming exchange students and teacher visits to our school. The Western Australian Curriculum has a priority of Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia.  The focus area of this initiative is to establish connections with an Asian country and to 'immerse' students in both the language and culture of that country.


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