Language A: language and literature comprises multiple parts relating to the study of language through shorter texts as well as studying traditional literature.
The language A: language and literature course aims to develop in students skills of textual analysis and the understanding that texts, both literary and non-literary, can be seen as autonomous yet simultaneously related to culturally determined reading practices. The course is designed to be flexible—teachers have the opportunity to construct it in a way that reflects the interests and concerns that are relevant to their students while developing in students a range of transferable skills. An understanding of the ways in which formal elements are used to create meaning in a text is combined with an exploration of how that meaning is affected by reading practices that are culturally defined and by the circumstances of production and reception.
As noted above, a wide range of factors, including the circumstances of production and reception, and the role of culturally determined reading practices, are seen as being equally important. A wider aim of the course is the development of an understanding of “critical literacy” in students.
Language-A: Japanese Language and Literature
The aim of this course is to introduce students to a range of texts from different periods, styles, and genres, and cultivate in students the ability to engage in detailed analysis of individual texts and make relevant connections. Students will develop an understanding of how language, culture and context determine the ways in which meaning is constructed in texts, and will be encouraged to think critically about the different interactions between text, audience, and purpose. The course also works to advance the student’s’ powers of expression, both in oral and written communication, and promote an enjoyment and lifelong interest in language and literature. Students will work extensively in improving their Kanji ability and learn approximately 150-200 Kanji depending on their level.