Learning Recommendations:  Grade 9: C or better recommended in middle school Language Arts class. Grades 10-12; C or better recommended in English class. For studying, flashcards and/or online resources are provided in class for daily at home practice. Students should engage in-class and participate: don’t hesitate to make mistakes, ask questions.

General Description:  Japanese 1 is a year-long 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. The class contains a lot of in-class activities, pair work, fun projects, and some crafts.

Content:  Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Family / Family tree
  • Hobbies
  • Personal characteristics
  • Dates, times, and calendar
  • School
  • Health
  • Shopping
  • Counting and counters
  • Kana alphabet
  • Color
  • Commands
  • Transportation
  • Verb conjugation and tense
  • Typing in Japanese

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:  One worksheet a day (about 10-15 minutes), cultural portfolio, and projects