Students who successfully complete this course will develop their Japanese proficiencies to the Novice High to Intermediate Low range according to the ACTFL* Proficiency Guidelines. Students will also show proficiency in the "five C's" denoted in ACTFLs Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities. By the end of Japanese 2, students will show complete proficiency in the katakana syllabary. Students will also show proficiency in reading/writing/pronouncing approximately 200 kanji characters (100 new + 100 from Japanese 1). They will be able to speak, read, and write somewhat sophisticated sentences about a variety of familiar and general topics.
*American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Mode of Communication
Interpersonal Communication, Novice High:
I can talk about basic personal information, basic objects, and a limited number of activities, preferences, and immediate needs. I can respond to simple, direct questions or requests for information. I can also ask a few formulaic questions.
Interpersonal Communication, Intermediate Low:
I can participate in conversations on a number of familiar topics using simple sentences. I can handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering simple questions.
Presentational Speaking, Novice High:
I can present information by relying heavily on learned phrases or recombinations of these. I rely on short and sometimes incomplete sentences in the present.
Presentational Speaking, Intermediate Low:
I can present information on most familiar topics using a series of simple sentences.
Presentational Writing, Intermediate Low:
I can write lists, short messages, postcards, and simple notes. I rely mainly on practiced material. My writing is focused on common elements of daily life. I can recombine learned vocabulary and structures to create simple sentences on very familiar topics.
Presentational Writing, Intermediate Low:
I can write briefly about most familiar topics and present information using a series of simple sentences.
Interpretive Listening, Novice High:
I can often, but not always, understand information from sentence-length speech, one utterance at a time. I can understand speech dealing with areas of practical need such as highly standardized messages, phrases, or instructions, with familiar vocabulary.
Interpretive Listening, Intermediate Low:
I can understand the main idea in short, simple messages and presentations on familiar topics. I can understand the main idea of simple conversations that I overhear.
Interpretive Reading, Novice High:
I can understand key words and cognates, as well as formulaic phrases when the topic is familiar. I can understand predictable language and messages such as those found on train schedules, roadmaps, and street signs.
Interpretive Reading, Intermediate Low:
I can understand the main idea of short and simple texts when the topic is familiar.
Each unit includes cultural elements relevant to the unit.
1. "Friendship” (types of friends, qualities of a good friend, activities with friends)
2. "Childhood Days” (past experiences, children’s literature, writing stories)
3. "Dining Out” (typical Japanese dishes, menus, ordering, making requests)
4. "New Year's Traditions" (cultural research; New Year's foods)
5. "Let’s Travel” (travel, time tables, travel brochures, reservations, hotels)
6. "Fashion Show” (clothing, colors, “to wear” verb, linked adjectives, description)
7. "History Speaks” (watch and analyze movie “Kaze Tachinu”; historic periods)
8. "Crazy Weather” (weather, climate, and natural disasters)
Major Grammar Concepts for the Year
- Master Katakana syllabary and 100+ new kanji
- Master linked adjetives and verbs (te-forms), past and non-past
- More verb conjugations: progressive, plain past forms (aff./neg.), etc.
- Positionals + Verbs of existence
- Comparatives (______) and Superlatives
- Expressing past experiences
Kanji: Master approximately 100 new kanji from the AP Kanji list.
Grading categories and percentage breakdowns for the course are as follows: Interpersonal 2-way Communication such as conversations and text chats (15%), Presentational 1-way Output such as speeches and writing (15%), Interpretive 1-way Input such as listening and reading (15%), Tests and Quizzes (25%), Final Exam (20%), Homework / Classwork (10%).