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Fees: IB Exam Fee as appropriate. If there is a concern about the cost, please see the ASB bookkeeper or your counselor.

Learning Recommendations: Students should have strong study skills and expect to commit to an average of 30 minutes of homework per night. In addition, students must have a strong grasp of all simple and complex tense, including an advanced understanding of the grammar and sentence structure as well as proper register. Students who wish to sit for the HL exam must have taken FO660A/B - IB Japanese SL in addition to this course.

General Description: IB Japanese HL is a yearlong class for advanced students who want to continue learning about Japanese grammar and Japanese culture at an advanced level and prepares students for sitting for the Higher Level exam in May. Students will build on listening and reading skills and will continue their study of detailed, advanced Japanese grammar. Students are expected to be able to work independently and take full responsibility for their learning. In IB Japanese HL, students and teachers will be communicating exclusively in Japanese.


  • Communication and media
  • Global questions
  • Social relationships
  • Customs and traditions
  • Cultural diversity
  • Past times
  • Health
  • Science and Technology


Students will learn through a combination of:

  • Collaborative learning opportunities
  • Communicative activities
  • Listening activities
  • Writing and presentation of dialogues, speeches, presentations, and in-class essays
  • Variety of cultural readings in the target language
  • Connections to other disciplines
  • A variety of assessments, written and oral
  • Some independent projects and/or presentations

Note: IB World Language (Language B) is designed as a language acquisition course. The IBO states that the “…Language B course should be a challenging educational experience for the student, offering not only the opportunity to learn an additional language, but also the means of learning, appreciating, and effectively interacting in a culture different from the student’s own.”