The study of languages provides opportunities with students to become more accepting of diversity, more respectful of others, and more aware of their place in the international community.
Japanese has been identified as one of the priority languages in the Asia-Pacific region to be taught in Australian schools. The study of Japanese provides access to the language and culture of one of the global community's most technologically advanced societies and economies. It also introduces students to an important part of the rich cultural tradition of East Asia. Through experience of the Japanese language system and cultural history, students gain valuable perspectives on art, music, customs, beliefs and the ways of thinking of Japanese people.
The study of Japanese provides students with opportunities for continued learning and for future employment, both domestically and internationally, in areas such as commerce, tourism, hospitality and international relations.
At Tenterfield High School, Year 7 students study Japanese as part of the Mandatory 100 hours of study of a second language. 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, thus leading to lifelong personal, educational, and vocational benefits.