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International Baccalaureate (IB) Japanese

Our IB Japanese lessons are taught in accordance with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is an international not-for-profit educational foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland, which offers educational programmes for children globally.

Its objective is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organisation works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

The IB's learner profile represents its mission in action, and concisely describes the aspirations of a global community that shares the values underlying the IB's educational philosophy. The IB learner profile describes the attributes and outcomes of education for international-mindedness. IB learners strive to be:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

At present there are 196 schools in Australia certified to teach IB education programmes, with 76 schools offering the IB Diploma Programme (DP).

Diploma Programme (DP) Curriculum

IB Japanese lessons at Kaneko Japanese Academy are conducted according with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP). The DP is one of the IB's four education programmes, and caters to students aged 16-19. Generally speaking, it corresponds to Year 11 to 12 grade students.

This programme provides an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education and is recognised by many universities worldwide.

The DP curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups. The DP core aims to broaden students' educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills. It's the three core elements are:

  • Theory of knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.
  • The extended essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000 word paper.
  • Creativity, activity, service, in which students complete a project related to those three concepts.

The six subject groups of the DP are:

  • Studies in Language and Literature
  • Language Acquisition
  • Individuals and Societies
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • The Arts

There are different courses within each subject group, and each subject can be taken at the standard level (SL) or the higher level (HL). Each student takes either three or four subjects at higher level, and the remaining at standard level.

An IB student can choose to study Japanese language for his or her "Studies in Language and Literature" subject group. This subject group consists of three courses:

  • Language A: Literature
  • Language A: Language and Literature
  • Literature and Performance

Japanese language can also be studied as part of the "Language Acquisition" subject group. This group also consists of three subjects, the first two of which are offered in a number of languages, including Japanese.

  • Language ab Initio
  • Language B
  • Latin or Classical Greek

Visit the International Baccalaureate Website

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