Course Description Students who successfully complete this course will develop their Japanese proficiencies to the Intermediate Low to Intermediate Mid 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 inreading/writing/pronouncing approximately 330 kanji characters (130 new + 200 from Japanese 1 & 2). They will be able to speak, read, and write fairly sophisticated sentences about academic and social topics.
*American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Mode of Communication
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.
Interpersonal Communication, Intermediate Mid:
I can participate in conversations on familiar topics using sentences and series of sentences. I can handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering a variety of questions. I can usually say what I want to say about myself and my everyday life.
Presentational Speaking, Intermediate Low:
I can present information on most familiar topics using a series of simple sentences.
Presentational Speaking, Intermediate Mid:
I can make presentations on a wide variety of familiar topics using connected sentences.
Presentational Writing, Intermediate Low:
I can write briefly about most familiar topics and present information using a series of simple sentences.
Presentational Writing, Intermediate Mid:
I can write on a wide variety of familiar topics using connected sentences.
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 Listening, Intermediate Mid:
I can understand the main idea in messages and presentations on a variety of topics related to everyday life and personal interests and studies. I can understand the main idea in conversations that I overhear.
Interpretive Reading, Intermediate Low:
I can understand the main idea of short and simple texts when the topic is familiar.
Interpretive Reading, Intermediate Mid:
I can understand the main idea of texts related to everyday life and personal interests or studies.
Each unit includes cultural elements relevant to the unit.
1. "My Future is Bright” (future plans and dreams)
2. "Japanese Wildlife” (research native wildlife; write children’s book)
3. "Mass Media” (film, television, radio, internet; view and evaluate movie)
4. "Happy New Year” (focus: Buddhism and Shinto traditions)
5. "Home Chef” (nutrition, food groups, Japanese food culture; bento boxes)
6. "Music and Art of Japan” (research native music and folk art of Japan)
7. "Let’s Go to Japan!” (plan a 4 week trip to Japan)
8. "Technology in Japan” (technology usage in Japan and the U.S.)
Major Grammar Concepts for the Year
- Master 100+ new kanji
- Expressing desires (______ form;__) and opinions (___)
- Expressing plansm expectations, assumptions (___ and ________)
- If-then statements (__ form)
- Combining actions (__________________)
- Writing dialogue (quoting speech, casual forms, etc.)
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%).