ASHS Coursebook: 1JAP (Level 1 Japanese)

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What is this course about?

This course focuses on increasing skills of sentence building to be able to write and speak at the Year 11 Japanese level, and develops overall confidence in the four language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Also, it will prepare you for your NCEA Level 1 assessments.

Students will study a wide range of everyday situations: descriptions of self and others, daily routines, hobbies, school, travel, and holidays. The focus will be on communication functions and the vital components necessary to succeed include learning Hirigana, Katakana, and some Kanji.

What will I learn?

  • to talk about daily routines
  • to learn to introduce yourself and your family
  • to understand a weather forecast
  • to describe food: how to read and create a Japanese recipe and make sushi.
  • to describe past holidays and plan a holiday in Japan
  • to use adjectives and adjective endings
    • Course design principles:
    • intentional planning - you will be invited to select topics that you find interesting
    • high expectations - your teacher will have high expectations for you and her door will always be open for you to discuss where your learning is going
    • assessment which enables learning - assessment will not be an isolated occurence. Rather, your teacher will gather evidence that you yourself provide of your learning experience as you progress.

What sorts of things will I do?

  • create role plays and present them to the class
  • spend a day at a Japanese restaurant eating Japanese food and browse around a Japanese shop
  • design posters promoting Japanese as a foreign language
  • keep a diary about your life
  • read Japanese folk tales and retell the stories

What standards can I enter?

Summary of standards:
NCEA Level: Standard Number: Name of standard: Version Number: Credits: Assessment:
1  90893 Demonstrate understanding of a variety of spoken JAPANESE texts relating to areas of most immediate relevance v2 5 External
Give a spoken presentation in JAPANESE that communicates a personal response
90895 Interact using spoken JAPANESE to communicate personal information, ideas and opinions in different situations
Demonstrate understanding of a variety of written/visual JAPANESE texts relating to areas of most immediate relevance
90897 Write a variety of text types in JAPANESE on areas of most immediate relevance

Total available credits: 24

Frequently asked questions:

You will be in charge of your learning and assessments. You will keep a logbook which will record evidence of your learning. It is your responsibilty to keep and add evidence to your porfolio and also to show it to your teacher on a regular basis.

No further assessment opportunities will be offered for this course, as evidence of your learning will be collected throughout the year.
What will be expected of you:

By now you should be fully aware that language learning demands systematic study. You will need to plan your year of study carefully, allowing for DAILY practice of the language, through a variety of activities and allowing for extra study time. Keeping a well-organised book and your e-portfolio up to date is important in language learning.
Contributing to classroom discussion, being an active part of a different groups , practising your oral skills and effectively managing yourself will improve your Spanish and make your learning enjoyable.