Learning Recommendations: Grade 9, C or better, in middle school Language Arts class. Grades 10-12, C or better, recommended in English class.

General Description: Japanese 1 is a yearlong course that provides an introduction to the spoken and written language of Japan. Students develop listening and speaking skills and are introduced to elementary grammar. Students learn hiragana, katakana and some basic kanji. Emphasis is on understanding the culture embedded in the language. Good attendance is essential and listening and speaking skills depend on class participation.


  • Family
  • Hobbies
  • Personal characteristics
  • Dates and times
  • School
  • Health
  • Shopping

Strategies: Students will learn through a combination of:

  • Teacher lecture
  • Oral and written practice
  • Skits
  • Speeches
  • Cultural activities
  • Group projects
  • Films and television