Fee: None

Learning Recommendations: Students should spend 10-20 minutes daily studying, in addition to their homework assignments.

General Description: Japanese 1 provides an introduction to the spoken and written language of Japan and Japanese culture. Students will engage in meaningful communication on a variety of topics drawn from everyday life as they develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Students learn hiragana, katakana and some basic kanji. Level I students must be prepared to be taught predominantly in Japanese; however, English will be used sparingly to support the comprehension of some complex grammatical structures and cultural understanding.

Content:

  • Communication
  • Culture
  • Connections
  • Comparisons
  • Communities

Strategies:

  • Collaborative learning opportunities
  • Listening activities
  • Writing and presentation of dialogues
  • Cultural readings in the target language
  • Connections to other disciplines
  • A variety of assessments, written and oral

Equipment to be provided by student: Spiral notebook