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Learning Recommendations:  B- or higher in Japanese 3. For studying, flashcards and/or online resources are provided in class for daily at home practice. Students should engage in-class, participate, and recognize/work on Kanji recognition. Students are expected to converse with peers in target language.

General Description:  Japanese 4 is a one-year continuation of Japanese 3. Students in level 3 will increase their knowledge of Japanese vocabulary, grammar, and kanji to improve their communication skills. They will be able to participate in conversation in a variety of social settings by learning more about Japanese people, culture and communication behaviors. The purpose of this course is to further enrich students’ interest and proficiency on the language as well as culture of Japan. In addition to advanced textbook and workbook materials, primary language sources will be included: newspaper and magazine articles, websites, emails, short stories, and journal writings are all possible sources for diversifying studies. It is possible that Japanese 3 and 4 be taught as a split-class; therefore students should be capable of working independently with minimal supervision. In level 4 students and teachers will be able to utilize conversational Japanese to function in the class with very little use of English. Students must be able to give an oral presentation in front of class. Students have the option of taking the Japanese proficiency exam &/or the SAT II

The class contains a lot of in-class activities, pair work, fun projects, crafts, movie/animation production, making brochures, and story making/ binding.

Content:  16 verb forms, plain form applications, verb applications, summer presentation, animation, video tour, brochure making, entertainment, Japanese housing and kanji radicals and cuisines.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Japanese high school students
  • Letter writing
  • Advanced study of Japanese
  • Traditions
  • Transportation in major cities
  • Holidays and traditions

Strategies:  Students will learn through a combination of:

  • Teacher lecture
  • Oral and written practice (including TPR, flashcards, and whiteboard dictations)
  • Reading, including native materials
  • Skits      
  • Speeches
  • Cultural activities
  • Group projects
  • Film and television
  • Songs
  • Group and pair work

Homework:  About 10 big projects will be assigned throughout the year

Course Fee / Materials:  $195 fee

College in High School:  Japanese 221: Juniors, and seniors will have the option to earn 5 university credits from the Cascadia community college through the College in High school program. Sign-ups will be in October. The fee for the class is $195.00 (class fee plus registration fee) paid at the time of registration. Grades will be based on the grades earned through class performance.