“A different language is a different vision of life. – Federico Fellini.”
The Miami High Japanese Language Proficiency Specialisation Program caters for students who are both enthusiastic and high-achieving Japanese language students. The program offers students an opportunity to be immersed in the many cultures and ancient traditions of Japan through reading, writing and speaking Japanese. Along with this, students will acquire the ability to become bilingual/multilingual, opening a myriad of opportunities in the future.
Both, Junior and Senior programs strive to create confident Japanese language users with an end goal of obtaining an internationally recognised proficiency certification.
Course Structure and Overview
Language Proficiency classes will involve two lessons as an addition to the regular timetable. This will be a seventh subject for students to study with a lesson on Tuesday afternoon from 2:30- 3:40PM and on Thursday morning from 7:40- 8:30AM. This will require commitment to language learning as students must attend both classes. The class will contribute to student’s attendance and an achievement grade recorded on their report cards.
| The course is designed to increase confidence and fluency with spoken Japanese through an immersive-style model, with topics being delivered predominately in the Japanese language. Assessment will be composed of community projects such as creating recipes to be introduced at the school canteen and concerts for local childcare centres. |
We also aim to equip our students with the confidence and ability to use their Japanese in practical situations here in Australia, such as ordering food and drinks in Japanese restaurants, and conversing with Japanese buddies visiting our school. This program is preparation for the Japanese Language Proficiency class offered to seniors that sees students sit an internationally recognised proficiency test.
An accelerated course to selected high-achieving Language students who have demonstrated a talent for languages to prepare students to sit the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) in December.
Students will sit the JLPT, which is administered in Queensland twice a year at Griffith University.
The JLPT is widely recognised across corporate and government sectors as a benchmark for proficiency measurement, and is also a strong motivator for students of Japanese language. The use of JLPT results has expanded from skill measurement to include employment screening and evaluation for promotions and pay raises, as well as use as a form of qualification.
As an added bonus for passing the N4 or N5 level of the test, our students are able to obtain 2 QCE points to contribute towards their senior studies.
This is a specialisation class so there is no annual fee. The JLPT admission cost for the senior course will be covered by Miami SHS Languages Department for the students’ first attempt at a level, however additional attempts will incur a fee of $85 per attempt. This is dependent on students’ attendance to at least 95% of lessons and application towards classroom tasks.