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Japanese is a challenging language to master. One of the best ways to learn a new language is to have fun. Throughout 2019, students from Years 1-6 will play lots of games, be involved in many drama activities and experience some of the interesting aspects of Japanese culture.

One of the highlights of the year is the visit of Japanese exchange students (pictured above) who not only sharetheir language but also their culture with our students. Hopefully, we can continue to promote this exchange through the "Access Asia" program. 

The E-Classroom is a great way to record and document our "Japanese journey". I look forward to posting videos, photo galleries and classwork throughout the year.

Corinne Black

Japanese Teacher

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Woodvale Primary School has played host to fifteen students from the Gunma Kokusai Academy, located northwest of Tokyo. The two week visit provided the Japanese students with a wonderful opportunity to experience life in an Australian classroom. As an English Immersion School, the Gunma Academy encourages cultural exchange with English speaking schools throughout the world. The Academy caters for students in years 1-12, with most key curriculum subjects taught (almost entirely) in English.

This year Ms Black organised an Australian Bush Dance and bbq for our Japanese students and their host families.

Living and interacting with Woodvale families was a real highlight for the visiting 11 and 12 year olds. The role of host families in providing a 'home-away-from-home' for the visiting students was greatly appreciated by the Gunma Academy staff and anxious parents back in Japan. 

Further information on the Gunma Academy can be accessed by clicking the link below.

 http://www.gka.jp/english/