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Learning Recommendations:  C- or higher in Japanese 2. For studying, flashcards and/or online resources are provided in class for daily at home practice. Students should engage in-class and participate: speaking the target language to communicate with others is a large portion of participation.

General Description:  Japanese 3 is a one-year continuation of Japanese 2. 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. Students may take on special projects. Activities include reading writing, and extemporaneous speaking. Japanese may be offered in combination with Japanese 4 and may require strong independent study skills. Good attendance and daily homework are required. Students have the option of taking the Japanese proficiency exam &/or the SAT II.

Content:  Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Athletic events
  • Giving and understanding directions
  • Detailed descriptions of others
  • Japanese high school students 
  • Japanese folk tales
  • Japanese entertainment
  • Japanese architecture and housing
  • Transportation in Japan
  • Comparison/preference
  • Japanese cooking
  • Plain form
  • Masculine/feminine speech
  • Proverbs
  • Social issues
  • Blood types

Strategies:  Students will learn through a combination of:

  • Teacher lecture
  • Oral and written practice (including TPR, flashcards, and whiteboard dictations)
  • Skits
  • Speeches
  • Cultural activities
  • Personal and Group projects
  • Films and television
  • Songs
  • Group and pair work
  • Homework
  • On-line materials

Homework:  Two worksheet a day (about 10-20 minutes), diary, projects, social issues presentation, and movie projects

College in High School:  Japanese 123: Sophomores, 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. The class contains a lot of in-class activities, pair works, fun projects, crafts, and movie production.