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The New Zealand Curriculum.

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Example 1: Kana writing activities

Image of drawing of a face.
Image of drawing of a face.
Image of person drawing on whiteboard.

Communication, Language Knowledge, and Cultural Knowledge, levels 1 and 2

At these levels, students can understand and use familiar expressions and everyday vocabulary. They can interact in a simple way in supported situations.

In selected linguistic and sociocultural contexts, students will: For example, students might:
  • receive and produce information;
  • engage with script creatively and share their learning with others;
  • produce and respond to questions and requests;
  • give and ask for kana symbols;
  • show social awareness when interacting with others;
  • when working with a partner, use the appropriate form of address. e.g. add さんorくん after their name;
  • recognise that Japanese is organised in particular ways;
  • use hiragana, katakana symbols or kanji for this activity;
  • make connections with their own language(s);
  • compare this activity with script games in their own language;
  • recognise that Japanese culture is organised in particular ways;
  • recognise that writing the different scripts neatly is important in Japanese culture;
  • make connections with known culture(s).
  • compare the Japanese scripts with scripts in other languages (including upper and lower case alphabet).

Context: Students write, view, and present using kana symbols. This activity allows students to engage with script creatively and share their learning with others.

Variations: This activity can also be used with kanji.


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