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Japanese 1 H

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Success in prior language study, high overall academic achievement or second language proficiency.
  • Course Number: 05040403

This course, open to juniors and seniors only, is an introduction to the modern Japanese language. In the first year, students learn the sound system of Japanese, be able to pronounce correctly a sizeable vocabulary of words and expressions, to learn to understand and speak simple Japanese sentences and dialogues, and to become proficient in reading and writing using the two syllabaries of hiragana and katakana plus a few simple kanji. Japanese 1H also introduces students to various aspects of Japanese culture. By the end of the course, students are able to express themselves orally and in writing in familiar situations. Assessments are based on a variety of activities including oral presentations and skits, dialogues and writing samples as well as individual reports in Japanese.

Japanese 2 H

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 12
  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of Japanese 1 H and teacher recommendation.
  • Course Number: 05040903

Japanese 2 H is a continuation of Japanese 1 H for students who want to increase their ability to understand, speak, read and write the modern Japanese language. In this course students continue to learn vocabulary and expressions, and they begin to use more complex Japanese grammar and verb structures. Students also study the various speech levels and styles that influence Japanese relationships. In addition to oral work, students study kanji in order to increase their ability to read and write Japanese. Students view films, sing songs and learn more about Japanese culture while becoming more proficient in the Japanese language.