COURSE OVERVIEW AND OBJECTIVES
Duringthe first 6 weeks, proficiency of the first set of writing system (Hiragana) is
required. Hiragana will be introduced with various visual materials as practical and fun
learning experience. After this initial period, oral practice will become the majorpart of
the class as well as developing reading and writing skills.
A basic vocabulary of everyday words, expressions and dialogues that take placein daily
life will be learned in the following units of textbook "Genki I".
Unit 1 - Meeting New Friends: Introducing Yourself, Asking Names/Occupations
Unit 2- Shopping: Asking prices, ordering at a restaurant
Unit 3-Arranging a get-together: telling daily schedule receiving/refusing invitation
Unit 4- First Arrangement of Get-together:Asking location of places/objects
Talking about facts/customs in past
Unit5- Trip to Okinawa: Talking about a Trip, Invitingfor Activities/Trips
Culture plays an important role of Japanese language, making learning come to life.
Cultural focus is on:
Japan - The country, its peopleand annual festivities
Food - Formaland home cooking
Region - Geographical features
Sports - Activities on National Sport Day
Music and Dance -BonOdori Dance, winter and spring music
Art -Traditional performing arts,origami, calligraphy arts
Religion - Coexistence of Buddhismand Shintoism
Education - High schooleducation in Japan
OralAssessment - 25%