Unit 1 Welcome to Japan!
Anime, manga, TV, internet, drama and movies, etc.
Unit 2 Communication
Keigo and slang; email; cellphones; social media etc.
Unit 3 War and Peace
History, traditional customs, marriage, funerals
Unit 4 Japanese customs and holidays
Unit 5 Introduction to Japanese literature
Poetry, essays, short story, etc.
Unit 6 Global issues: Weather and the protecting the Earth
Recycling, global warming, natural disasters
Unit 7 Food and health
Medicine, health, world health issues, food and agriculture
Unit 8 Travel
Japanese geography, regional culture, transportation
(Targeted exam preparation activities)
The future Japanese and my career
Japanese IV/AP/IB: Text: Adventures in Japanese IV, Doraemon dokodemo nihongo (IBSL), Further Adventures in Japanese (IBHL); Intermediate Japanese: An Integrated Approach; Basic Kanji Book (I and II), supplemental authentic and teacher created materials
Course Description: This course if for the student with three or more years of prior Japanese language experience. Because this course is actually three different courses, students enrolled each course may have different requirements on assignments in the same unit in order to prepare for the IB or AP test. We will focus on language acquisition and proficiency development through the five C's (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities) of National Foreign Language Standards through reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing in the target language.
IB topics to be covered: CORE (communication and media, global issues, social relationships) OPTIONS (customs and traditions, leisure, and health). Internal (required) assessments will be given over both semesters. Students will take practice tests periodically in class.