*What is the value of learning a modern language?
*How do you compare between Japanese cultural values and your own values?
*How will you handle communicating in Japanese at your level of knowledge of the language?
*Approximately 25 new kanji
*Use of kanji in a variety of contextualized reading and writing tasks
*Vocabulary: popular culture, office instructions, arts, travel, technology, community, transportation, telephone and holidays.
*Grammar: 100 adjectives, adverbs of degree, -tai, -te, -ta and -ru form of verbs, extended predicate, structure particles, and durations
*Converse in a variety of basic communicative tasks and social situations using the casual and formal forms of language
*Demonstrate comprehension of longer sentences and utterances
*Engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions in Japanese (Express frequency, movement, preferences, and duration of time / Give simple evaluations, commands, and instructions, Describe progressive action, Confirm obtained information, Seek permission and negotiation)
*Read consistently and with full understanding an intermediate-level text
*Papers, test, skits, interview
*Weekly vocabulary and kanji quizzes
*End of term oral proficiency interviews and written tests
Situational Functional Japanese, Drills & Notes, Volume 1, Tsukuba Language Group
Handouts (Teacher created materials)
Daily TV news, drama, and movies viewed without subtitles
*Increasing cultural awareness of both Japan and the United States is a focus
*Differences in holidays between America, Japan and other countries.
*Learn about lives of people in Japan through short cultural readings, internet research, and videos