These courses enable learners to gain recognition for the achievement of considerable knowledge in a range of subject areas, as for example in the Leaving Certificate and one-year Post Leaving Certificate courses.
Courses may be academic or practical in focus, and awards that are recognised by the National Framework of Qualifications may lead to progression opportunities higher up in the framework.
The majority of people with certificates at this level are well prepared for occupations that involve using their knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include office secretary, customer service representatives, special needs assistant, retail salespersons and childcare workers.
Japanese as a Leaving Cert subject aims to bring students closer to fluency in the Japanese language, as well as developing a good knowledge of literature, culture, geography, and national history to provide a context for communication. Most students who choose to study Japanese find it a fun and rewarding subject to study.
What kind of student might Japanese suit?
For a summary of other reasons to study Japanese, this presentation explains some of the reasons why those interested in exams, economics, business, technology, cars, energy saving, culture or language might want to consider studying Japanese.
Japanese is not offered by many schools as a core Leaving Cert subject choice, but that does not preclude any one from taking it outside school and sitting it at examination.
Some schools require all their Leaving Certificate students to take a language. If students have the option to choose whether or not to take a language, they should consider it seriously as it may determine the choices available to them when it comes to applying for college.
For example, a third language is a requirement of a number of departments in the NUI colleges. Always check entry requirements for individual colleges and courses.
Leaving Certificate Japanese follows a common syllabus framework for the teaching and examining of modern languages in the Leaving Certificate.
The syllabus aims to develop learners’ communicative skills in Japanese, to develop their strategies for effective language learning and raise their awareness of cultural, social and political diversity.
Assessment is by means of a written examination, and an aural and oral examination at two levels, Ordinary level and Higher level.
The following general aims are proposed by this syllabus for the preparation of students for the Leaving Certificate in Japanese.
1. To foster in learners such communicative skills in the target language as will enable them to:
take a full part in classroom activities conducted in the target language;
2. To give students a critical awareness of how meaning is organised and conveyed by the structures and vocabulary of the target language, and thus to contribute to their understanding of the workings of human language in general.
3. To help learners develop strategies for effective language learning.
4. To equip learners with a broad acquaintance with the cultural, social and political complexion of contexts in which the target language is a normal medium of communication and thus to help raise their awareness of cultural, social and political diversity generally.
The examination will assess a candidate’s ability to:
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Japanese is useful for careers in Finance, Pharmaceuticals, Sales, Marketing, Technology and Translation among others. Japan is home of many successful video game and animation companies who often seek to recruit foreign employees who can speak Japanese.
Please note this subject can also be used for language matriculation purposes for universities.This subject is not an essential requirement for any courses in the CAO system.