Nihongo Tanken Centre programs

The Nihongo Tanken Centre offers a range of activities to students, closely aligned with the outcomes of the NSW syllabuses.

Participation in a Nihongo Tanken Centre program offers students full immersion in a total Japanese experience. From the initial welcome to the last goodbye, all communication is in Japanese, with centre staff experienced in communicating effectively with both Japanese and non-Japanese speakers from Kindergarten to Year 12, including students with special learning needs.

Face-to-face excursions

A visit to the Nihongo Tanken Centre is a stimulating and motivating learning experience for both students and teachers. Programs developed by the Nihongo Tanken Centre offer a wide range of activities designed to suit every level of language proficiency, immersing students in the Japanese language and culture.

At the centre:

  • students engage in a 4-hour program
  • the program is customised to suit each school’s needs
  • activities enable students to practise and extend their language skills, working in teams
  • students may also engage in interactive tasks using an interactive whiteboard.

For students in Year 10, 2 options are available:

  • standard excursion
  • 'survival' excursion – a day in Japan.
Image: Japanese garden at the centre

Virtual excursion

The Nihongo Tanken Centre offers a virtual excursion that enables Year 10 students from NSW public schools located outside the Sydney metropolitan area to engage with the centre, exploring Japanese language and culture.

The virtual excursion consists of 2 parts:

  • part 1 – students virtually explore the Nihongo Tanken Centre through an immersive 360° experience, with activities to complete (approximately 50 minutes)
  • part 2 – the Japanese class connects with our teachers for a live, interactive lesson (approximately 30-35 minutes).

You can plan your virtual excursion as a stand-alone activity or as part of a full day of Japanese activities at school.

Students complete part 1 in a normal Japanese lesson. You will need to book a date and time for part 2. There is no cost to schools to participate.

Stage 6 support

The Nihongo Tanken Centre also offers holiday workshops for HSC students from all sectors, and online speaking sessions for Stage 6 students in NSW public schools. These events are advertised via the Languages statewide staffroom and our social media channels, including the Languages NSW blog.


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