FLJ601: Japanese IV (2011-2012)
CURRICULUM PROGRAM: Foreign Language Program
COURSE TITLE: Japanese IV
CALENDAR YEAR: 2011-2012
GRADE LEVEL: 10-12
COURSE LENGTH: 36 weeks
SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Japanese III
Major Concepts/Content: The foreign language IV course is designed to continue reviewing and reinforcing all previously presented foreign language concepts and grammar. Students demonstrate self-reliance and proficiency in using proper grammar and syntax of the foreign language. Emphasis will be placed on reading and writing skills. Students read literature, magazines, newspapers, and a variety of other host nation/target language materials. They use the host nation/target language for creative writing. Plays, films, and videos are viewed in the host nation/target language. Critical writings of material viewed are required. Fluency in speaking the language and in the art of translating is continually stressed.
Major Instructional Activities: Instructional activities will center on perfecting the four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the host nation/ target language will be emphasized. Proficiency will be required in all four skills. Students will synthesize elements of sound-, syntax-, and vocabulary building in taking complex dictation and in manipulating and refining phonological skills, Writing short compositions and demonstrating creative writing skills using correct syntax will be fundamental. Activities for cultural awareness will constantly be encouraged.
Major Evaluative Techniques: Students will be required to pass tests included with the program text. Teacher-made tests will also be utilized. Dictations will be used frequently. Translations will be encouraged. Daily class participation, exercises in workbooks, and homework will be considered of vital importance in the total evaluation of students.
Course Objectives: Upon completion of the foreign language IV course, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of a native speaker's speech at a normal speed.
- Translate the spoken target language with increasing accuracy on a broader range of topics.
- Relate ideas using all conventions (such as syntax, body language, and patterns appropriate to the situation in a manner acceptable to native speakers.
- Use grammatical and context clues in learning meanings of words.
- Read with increasing comprehension materials containing unfamiliar cognates and new vocabulary or structural items.
- Read for meaning, with minimal translation, various types of literature such as short stories, poems, novels, plays, magazines, and newspapers.
- Show progress from understanding the literal meaning of an unfamiliar passage to discerning interpretive meaning through devices such as metaphors, similes, and plays on words.
- Analyze selected materials in the target language.
- Distinguish between formal and informal styles of writing.
- Paraphrase spoken or written material in writing.
- Write a main idea into a short composition.
- Demonstrate creative writing skills in the target language.
- Recognize that any cultural works of the target language country(ies) reflect the fundamental values of the people of that culture.
- Explain communication difficulties that might occur in a situation using another language.
- Identify reasons why the study of foreign languages is becoming more important in Today's interdependent world
- Participate in activities designed to promote cross-cultural understanding.