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FLJ4010T: Japanese II (2014-2015)

CURRICULUM PROGRAM: Virtual School Program
COURSE TITLE: Japanese II
CALENDAR YEAR: 2014-2015
GRADE LEVEL: 9-11
CODE: FLJ4010T
TYPE: REG
CREDITS: 1.00
COURSE LENGTH: 36 weeks
SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Japanese I

Major Concepts/Content:

This course is a continuation of a beginning level course that will introduce the student to a variety of areas of language learning. In this course, the student will learn listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through activities that are based on pedagogically proven methods of foreign language instruction. Throughout the course, students learn to express themselves using an ever increasing vocabulary, present-tense verbs, articles, and adjectives. Grammar is introduced and practiced in innovative and interesting ways with a variety of learning styles in mind. Culture is sprinkled throughout the course in an attempt to help the learner focus on the Japanese-speaking world and their culture, people, geographical locations and histories.

Students’ exhibit increased comprehension through recognition of key words or phrases embedded in familiar contexts through a variety of media. They recognize structural patterns in target language narratives and derive meaning from these structures within familiar contexts. Students use illustrations and contextual clues to increase comprehension of written passages while reading simple documents and relatively simple literature. Students use short sentences, learned words, phrases, simple questions, and commands when speaking and writing, often relying on visuals to help themselves be understood. Students recombine learned vocabulary and structures to form simple sentences, short messages, and notes to meet practical writing needs. Students demonstrate increasing accuracy in pronunciation and intonation when presenting well-rehearsed material. Students show some understandings of the target-culture’s practices and perspectives on topics such as typical music, holidays, meals, family and social customs. Students have limited fluency in the language yet may be understood by a sympathetic native speaker who prompts for clarification.

Competencies:
DoDEA Foreign Language Standards
Secondary Foreign Language FL Course Level II (Novice Proficiency Range, Novice – Mid/ High Level)

Course Objectives:

As a result of successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Continue use of Hiragana for spelling and writing of Japanese words and vocabulary
  • Continue use of Katakana for spelling and writing of non-Japanese words and vocabulary
  • Begin use of Kanji characters for spelling and writing of Japanese words and vocabulary
  • Talk about the weather.
  • Talk about foods and mealtimes.
  • Talk about their hobbies and free time activities.
  • Talk about their school day.
  • Talk about animals and things animals do
  • Talk about their daily activities using a wide range of vocabulary
  • Learn about Japanese culture and society and compare them with American culture and society.

 

Course Outline

(1st Semester)
  • Introduction to the Course
  • Hiragana/Katakana Review
  • Continued use of Hiragana/Katakana to write and spell Japanese/non-Japanese words
  • Kanji Introduction and Beginning Mastery
  • Unit 1 (Weather)
  • Unit 2 (Food)
  • Unit 3 (Pastimes)

(2nd Semester)
  • Unit 4 (School)
  • Unit 5 (Daily Life)
  • Unit 6 (Animals)
  • Unit 7 (Activities)

Essential Software:

Textbook:

There is no textbook required for this course. All instructional content is available online within the course.

For reference purposes:

Adventures in Japanese, Volume I (Lessons 9-12). Cheng & Tsui Company (Publisher). Textbook Hardback ISBN: 978-0-88727-549-4. Textbook Paperback ISBN: 978-0-88727-575-3

Required materials:

Recording software provided through local school, Internet Access, Headset, Microphone,Japanese-English Dictionary.