Japanese (日本語)

Course Description
  • Japanese I
    In this course the student will develop basic skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. At the first year level, emphasis is on building a strong vocabulary base and on the introduction of grammar and structure. Cultural aspects are presented through videos, reading, and class presentations. The students will also connect to other academic subjects such as math, science, and language arts using their knowledge of Japanese to access new information.
  • Japanese II
    In this course a constant review of the skills acquired in Japanese I is maintained. New vocabulary and grammatical structures are added widening the areas of comprehension. Students will continue to develop skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as well as developing more cultural awareness.
  • Japanese III, Japanese IV, Japanese V
*International Baccalaureate Program

*Japanese IBSL I, Japanese IBSL II, Japanese IBHL
In these courses the student will learn to understand and converse in Japanese. All levels must demonstrate a mastery of Hiraana, Katakana. The ability to read characters is essential for the IB test. Each semester all levels will be required to read a non-fiction or historical fiction novel in which the story takes place in Japan. All levels will be required to produce a 20 minute video project all in Japanese and will have four IB oral speeches during the school year. The class will be taught using Total Physical Response Story-telling. Students may earn college credit for successful scoring on the International Baccalaureate Examination.

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