Japanese 3 & 4

Japanese 3:

Japanese 3 has been designed to accommodate students who have successfully completed Japanese 1&2 and /or have had contact with Japanese elsewhere and are too advanced for Japanese 1 or 2, but are not yet prepared for Japanese 4. Course materials serve to expand vocabulary and stimulate discussion to develop your oral proficiency while continuing to develop your writing skills, as well as broaden cultural understanding of the Japanese world.

Class is conducted in Japanese, with activities designed to practice all language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. You are expected to review all assigned material thoroughly before coming to class. We will concentrate on practicing structures and communication in class, speaking the language itself rather than speaking about it. We assume that most grammar covered in the course is not new to most students, so minimal time will be given to grammar explanation. Students will quickly become aware of your own strengths and weaknesses, as well as your classmates' diverse language abilities.

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Japanese 4:

This course is designed to reinforce and expand the Japanese language skills you have already acquired during the first three years of the Capital High School language curriculum. This course will help you to improve your skills with the material you have already learned but more importantly, will push you to a more sophisticated level of understanding and expression, with special attention to kanji (included compound words) and vocabulary enrichment through classroom activities. All skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking), as well as the three basic fields (grammar, literature, and culture) will be emphasized and strengthened during the course.

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 Japanese 3 & 4 are working together:

The week of 9/5 - 9/7:

This week is review days.  We review kanji and oral listening and speaking skills.  Also, you will  interview a person about summer vacation and introduce this person to class.  You also will look at the pictures ( 4 pictures)--4 koma, and come up the dialogue of each picture.  You will act out in class.  Make sure to pronounce words correctly. 

The week of 9/9 - 9/13:

In this week, the class will work how to find mistakes in the sentences; especially particles, and correct them.  Then, they  can translate the either sentences and/or a paragraph.  Also, they will discuss the story book they read over the summer in orally.  The class also will learn how to describe (descriptive words) a person by using the sheet.  So each student will pick a person from a class and describe him/her in writing.  In book, we will start from lesson 5-3 for grammar lessons.  The class will learn  about " Arnold."  There will be a reading sheet which contains many kanji.  So each student have to practice these kanji  in this week.  Next week, the class will spend reading about "Arnold."

The week of 11/18 - 11/22:

In this week , the class will start the topic "fast food" in Japan.  By using the katakana fast foods name and foods pictures, the students will discuss how these types of foods affect Japanese people and what kinds of the problems Japanese people will have.  Then, they will watch the power point about Japanese McDonald and discuss  different between US and Japan stores.   After all that, the class will read an article about when and  how McDonald came into Japanese market and how they are doing .

The week of 11/25 - 11/27:

Thanksgiving week, so 11/28 and 29 are no school.  The class will continue reading about McDonald in Japan and each students will write their opinion and questions they have .  Then, take 2-3 questions from a class, a group of 3-4 will discuss about these questions.   They will also watch Youtube video about the strategy McDonald use .  The students will discuss the questions the teacher prepared.   

The week of 12/2 - 12/6:

In this week, the class will study about Japanese KFC.  The students will compare American and Japanese KFC after watching power point and read two different menues.  They will discuss why the menues are different and what kinds of items listed in Japanese KFC will sell in US and why.  They will also read the teacher made article how KFC came into Japan and what types of strategies they use to sell in Japan.  There will be many kanji also with reading materials, so each student will have to practice these at home.

The week of 12/9 - 12/13:

In this week, the students will have a homework to write 500 - 800 letters essay about a restarurant.  We will discuss in details what they are expected to include on Monday.  The class will finish reading an article about Japanese KFC and they will work on the questions.  Once they finish this, each student will find a picture and prepare for the oral quiz about the fast food in Japan. 

The week of 12/16 - 12/20:

In this week, the class will learn Japanese social problem of obesity.  How fast foods resturants and western culture influenced Japanese people's life.  How today's children's life style changed.  The students will look into their school's lunch menu and Japanese school's lunch and have a discussion about it.  The students will think what types of problems obesity will bring into Japanese people's life now.  There will be two different types of reading comprehension articles.

The week of 1/6 - 1/10:

In this week, the students will see the power point of Japanese school lunch and compare this with an American school lunch.  Then as a pair, they will think the good and bad point of own school lunch.  The students will come up the menu of what will be the healthy lunch for school.  Meantime, they will be practicing "Children's Obesity" article kanji about 5 min for a week.   They will also do the oral practice.  Each student will find a picture of fast foods in Japan on i pad and create a short story about a picture. 

The week of 1/13 - 1/17:

In this week, the students will read an article "children's obesity" by paragraph by paragraph and write the main ideas after they read at the same time write any questions and comments about each article.   The class will discuss about each student's questions and comments.  Then, they will answer the IB style questions which prepared by a teacher.

The week of 1/21 - 1/24:

In this week, the class is try to finish the lesson of "Obesity in American and Japan."  So the students will finish the IB style questions (if anyone is unable to finish on given time, it will be homework).  As a group of 4 students, they will have a discussion about the connection between fast foods company and media and why so many Japanese included young kids  and adults are becoming fat. Each group will discuss and come up the 4 good solutions.

The week of 1/27 - 1/31:

This is a final exam week, so Mon we will go over about final and after that the students will start Obesity essay (outline using Deshler's Tower.)  Then, on Tuesday continue working on outline.  When they finish, start working on the rough draft.  Wed - Fri are final days.

The week of 2/3 - 2/7:

In this week, the class will new topic lesson "Shoshika."  The class will discuss what is shoushika and find the cause of this.  Then, they will practice 67 shoushika kanji before they read an article.  Each day, the students will spend about 7 - 8 minutes practicing kanji meanings and how to read them with their partner.  Then as a pair, they will figure out what will happen to Japan if "shoshika" continue.  The lesson will also connect to the "aged population society in Japan" as a part of the social problems.  In conclusion, the students will come up ideas to maintain Japan's economy and immigration problems.

The week of 2/10 - 2/14:

In this week, the class will continue focusing on the topic "shoushika."  The students will practice memorizing all 47 kanji on the list, so they will practice this every day for about 7-8 min.  They will read an article about "shoushika" in Japan -- read paragraph by paragraph and discuss about it before you move on to the next paragraph.  At the end of this reading, each student will go back to the same questions they answered before reading this article  to see if they understand the questions and the article.

The week of 2/24 - 2/28:

In this week, IB Japanese 4 students take IB reading and writing test. So Japanese 3 students will work on old IB test for reading comprehension practice and also writing essay practice.