Japanese I

Full-year course. This introductory course is designed to excite students about the language and culture of Japan and give them a foundation for continued study in high school or at the college level.  Students will use skills in the following areas and build global competency skills for future careers and experience based on the World-readiness Standards for Learning Languages from the ACTFL: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.

Students will develop basic competencies in the four modalities of language learning: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to introduce themselves and answer simple questions about topics covered in the class (speaking), provide basic biographical information with accuracy using the hiragana phonetic writing system (writing), be able to recognize and understand a few spoken expressions in conversation (listening), and understand short texts that convey simple information in the hiragana phonetic writing system (reading).

Click here to read about the Well-Trained Mind Academy's approach to world language learning. Note: We do not offer a delayed section for this course due to the live interaction that is key to learning language.

We recommend that students enrolling in Japanese I be comfortable with the topics covered in Grammar II. Grammar instruction is not a pre- or co-requisite, however we have found that students are more successful learning a new language when they have a strong understanding of grammar rules. Use the placement tests found in our grammar course descriptions to find the appropriate grammar course for your student. 

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  • Example Syllabus (Download the PDF)
  • Click here to purchase the course texts.
    • Adventures in Japanese 1, 4th ed., published by Cheng & Tsui
    • Japanese Graded Readers, Level 0, Volumes 1 & 2
    • Japanese For Young People I, Student Book, ISBN 1568364237, published by AJALT (purchase link)
  • Class meets three times per week for 50-55 minutes, or twice per week for one hour and fifteen minutes.
  • Class cap: 15 students.
  • Designed for grades 8-12.
  • Students in grades 8-12 may be awarded 1 World Languages credit upon completion of this course.
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