FLJ401: Japanese II (2012-2013)
CURRICULUM PROGRAM: Foreign Language Program
COURSE TITLE: Japanese II
CALENDAR YEAR: 2012-2013
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
COURSE LENGTH: 36 weeks
SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Japanese I
Major Concepts/Content: The foreign language II course is designed to provide activities, projects, and experiences that enable students to appreciate and value the host nation’s (or target language) culture, Students are also made aware of the value of foreign language study. Career opportunities are analyzed and students learn that the knowledge of a second language can be a useful tool in international, economical, and social situations. The major linguistic principles and language skills covered in level II include the following: usage of singular and plural nouns and interrogative, definite, indefinite, demonstrative and possessive adjectives; identifying and using the active voice in the indicative mood; identifying and using the imperative, the future tense, all forms of the past tense, progressives, and the subjunctive mood; identifying and using subject pronouns, direct object pronouns, indirect object pronouns, and the emphatic, reflexive, interrogative, demonstrative, and relative pronouns; identifying and using the most common prepositions; identifying and using comparison of adjectives; and identifying and using the formation of adverbs. Students should also be familiar with short stories, essays, magazines, simple readers, newspapers, filmstrips, films, slides, videos, and computer programs that are representative of the target language and culture. L-8.The content of the foreign language, level II course includes teaching students to follow specific directions given in the target language, and to Understand main ideas after listening to presentations on familiar topics. Students learn to speak in the target language using basic sentence patterns correctly, read a variety of materials in the target language, and demonstrate writing skills in the target language.
Major Instructional Activities: Instructional activities will provide emphasis on proficiency, communication, and culture, in addition to teaching the four basic skill areas. Students will participate in daily class activities and exercises in order to achieve the goals and objectives of the course. The activities presented in level I are continued in depth in level Il. Students will be encouraged to increase listening comprehension and speaking skills. Use of computers will be effective for drills, multiple choices, close encounters, and for reinforcing grammatical principles and tenses. In addition, students who are studying the target language in the host nation, will be encouraged to visit museums, theaters, and attend any other activities where they can practice speaking and understanding the target language and can appreciate and value the culture of the host country.
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 of topics using familiar vocabulary 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 II course, students should be able to:
- Reinforce and expand on discrimination among typical intonation patterns of affirmation, information questions, yes-no questions, as well as other typical segmented patterns taught in level 1.
- Make intelligent guesses by listening to a recombination of familiar material containing unfamiliar vocabulary items.
- Discriminate among structure signals such as noun markers to indicate gender and number or case and verb inflections to denote tense.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the language spoken by a variety of both male and female voices of various age groups.
- Produce with more consistent accuracy the sounds of the target language (vowels, consonants, and clusters) with minimal interference from English.
- Produce with greater accuracy patterns of intonation, stress, rhythm, linking, and pitch.
- Express ideas using appropriate grammatical forms and word order characteristic of the language
- Participate in dialogues of greater length and complexity.
- Produce conversations and short narratives paraphrasing familiar material.
- Read aloud using the appropriate pronunciation, intonation, stress, and rhythm. .
- Recognize selected idioms.
- Read silently, with comprehension, material more difficult than that in level L These materials could be items such as short paragraphs, short stories, essays, newspaper articles.
- Write the symbols that stand for sounds. .
- Write accurately the structure, grammar and vocabulary within their experience.
- Punctuate and capitalize correctly.
- Identify some of the principal heroes and/or leaders of the target language culture.
- Explain aspects of the educational system of the target language culture.
- Explain the U.S. customs relating to birth, marriage, and death in the target language culture.
- Explain how the knowledge of languages can broaden career opportunities.
- Give examples of how using another language facilitates communication.
- Compile information about careers that require a second language.