In 2017, NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) released a new K-10 syllabus for Japanese. Teachers implement this syllabus in 2019 with Years 7 and 9, and in 2020 with Years 8 and 10.


Visit our Stages 4 and 5 page to access generic advice and support on programming and assessment including:

  • programming guidelines, to ensure you’re meeting the requirements set by NESA
  • our backward mapping tool, to support you in planning the learning journey for your students
  • sample assessment tasks
  • sample templates for units of work.

We also recommend you look at resources for other languages, accessed via the left-hand menu, to see a range of formats and approaches.

Support materials from NSW Department of Education

The Japanese K-10 syllabus was developed using the Languages K-10 Framework. As all K-10 language syllabuses (2017 and later) are underpinned by this framework, teachers should view resources across all languages to access a broader range of sample scope and sequences, unit starters and assessment tasks.

Sample scope and sequence documents

Sample assessment tasks

Sample assessment schedule

Unit starters

A unit starter is a set of proposed teaching, learning and assessment strategies, arranged around a topic or theme. Teachers adapt the content to suit the needs of individual students and their local school context.

Support materials from NESA

Sample scope and sequence documents

Sample units of work

Sample assessment tasks

Interactive resources

  • Go Nihongo! for Stages 3 to 6 – a series of videos with supporting activities.
  • Waking up in Japan embeds online collaboration tools and 21st century learning skills to support students studying Stage 4 or 5.

Activity packages from the Nihongo Tanken Centre

The Nihongo Tanken Centre has designed activity packages, linked to syllabus outcomes, which can be incorporated into existing units of work or be used as stand-alone activities.

Japan! (DOCX 1.9MB)

This activity package introduces students to the culture of Japan through a series of stunning images. It includes a video, a list of photos and an interactive worksheet.

Japanese house (DOCX 181KB)

Learn about the Japanese house, with 2 short videos, vocabulary and online interactive activities.

Making onigiri (DOCX 361KB)

Learn how to make these delicious Japanese treats, with an instructional video (with script), shopping list, vocabulary and online interactive activities.

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