All Year One classes have been very busy either learning or reviewing vocabulary used in Pre-Primary, such as numbers and colours. In Term One we learnt some Japanese words for the most popular ‘Crunch-‘n’-Sip’ fruit and vegetables. We constructed simple sentences using our newly learnt nouns and our reviewed adjectives (colours).
The children have continued to construct simple sentences both orally and in writing using roomaji (using the English alphabet to write Japanese words). The children are quite adept at using simple adjectives to describe learnt nouns.
In Term Three we began to discover the names of body parts, particularly focussing on those body parts used in the Japanese equivalent of the English song ‘Head, shoulders, knees and toes’. In Term 4 we will add more body part names to our vocabulary and continue to review and practice vocabulary already learnt.
Throughout the year we practice socialising in Japanese. The children are learning to exchange greetings, introduce and share information about themselves, such as how old they are. The children are now able to respond respectfully to others using the Japanese equivalent of ‘please’ (douzo, kudasai) and ‘thank you’ (arigatou).
We have also introduced the children to simple traditional Japanese folktales and picture books in English, which allow us all to explore the similarities and differences between are own cultures and the Japanese.
The children are beginning to understand the differences between process words used when learning another language, such as speaking, listening, translating and reading. The understanding of these words are important as they create the foundation for all Learning Intentions and Success Criteria in the Japanese as a Second Language program.