Learning Recommendations: B- or better in Japanese 3

General Description: Japanese 4 is a one-year continuation of Japanese 3. The purpose of the course is to further enrich students’ interest and proficiency in 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 will be taught as a split-class; therefore students should be capable of working independently with minimal supervision. Students also have the option of taking any of the following tests at their own expense: SAT II, AP Japanese, Japanese Language Proficiency Test.

Content: Topics include but are not limited to -

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

Strategies: Students will learn through a combination of :

  • Teacher lecture
  • Oral and written practice
  • Reading including native materials
  • Skits
  • Speeches
  • Cultural activities
  • Group projects
  • Films and television