Dulwich High School of Visual Arts and Design

Designing Futures

Telephone02 9560 7299



In NSW high schools, languages is a key learning area.

Language study allows students to develop communication skills, learn about languages as systems and explore the relationship between language and culture. Students engage with the linguistic and cultural diversity of societies and reflect on their understanding of social interactions.

The study of a language is compulsory for 100 hours in one continuous school year from Year 7-10, but preferably in Years 7 or 8.

In Years 11 and 12, NSW schools offer a wide variety of languages, catering for beginning students to background speakers.

Japanese is our Speciality

Our school has taught Japanese since 1991. Many of our graduates have gone on to tertiary study, travel and employment in which Japanese has been a focus.

Japanese has become an important language in Australia. Japan is a major trading partner and due to our strengthening trade, tourism, business and cultural links, students having some knowledge of the language and culture have a definite advantage in finding employment.

Tourism is the fastest growing industry in Australia and employment opportunities for Japanese speakers are expanding rapidly. Japanese has been identified as one of the priority languages in the Asia-Pacific region to be taught in Australian schools.

Our school has a sister school in Japan (Onigiri School) which students from Years 9 & 10 have visited, and vice versa. These visits enhance our connections and deepen students' understanding of Japanese language and culture.

Japanese in Year 7  

100 Hours Course

All Year 7 students will study a compulsory 100 hours (two 75 minutes periods per week) of Japanese. They will learn to read and write Japanese characters (Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji). Students will develop knowledge of the culture of Japanese-speaking communities and an understanding of the interdependence of language and culture.

Japanese in Years 9 & 10

The aim of the course is to enable students to develop communication skills, focus on languages as systems and gain insights into the relationship between language and culture, leading to lifelong personal, educational and vocational benefits.

Excursions to the Nihongo Tanken Centre, Cherry Blossom Festivals, exhibitions and Japanese restaurants deepen participants understanding of Japanese language and culture.

Students studying Japanese in Years 9 & 10 also mentor Japanese students visiting our school. These occasions allow them to use their acquired language in an authentic situation. 

Japanese in Years 11 & 12

Continuers Course 

ATAR Category A

2 Units in each of the preliminary and HSC and an optional 1 Unit HSC Extension Board Developed Course.

Students who have studied Japanese in Years 9 & 10 may continue their study through the Continuers Course.

The Preliminary and HSC courses focus on themes and associated topics.

Students' skills in, and knowledge of, Japanese will be developed through tasks associated with a range of texts and text types, which reflect the themes and topics.

Students will also gain insight into the culture and language of Japanese- speaking communities and the changing world.

Continuers Course Outcomes

You should be able to:

  • Communicate with native speakers of Japanese and travel and study in Japan.
  • Exchange information, opinions and experiences in Japanese.
  • Express ideas through the production of original texts that are in Japanese.
  • Understand and appreciate Japanese culture and society.
  • Apply Japanese language skills in work, further study and leisure activities.
  • Continue the study of Japanese at tertiary level.

Beginners Course

ATAR Category A

Students who have not studied Japanese before or only studied the 100 hours course are able to study this dynamic 2 year, 2 unit course.

Themes and topics studied are similar to those described in the Continuers Course but studied in less depth.

Beginers Course Outcomes

At the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Communicate on a personal level with native speakers of Japanese and travel and study in Japan.
  • Understand and appreciate Japanese culture and society.
  • Further knowledge of Japanese through continued learning or for future employment opportunities.

Other Languages

Students can study any other language by Distance Education through the NSW School of Languages or other providers.