Moscrop’s Japanese courses progressively expand students’ literacy and spoken communication skills in Japanese. Each course touches on elements of Japanese culture, and includes an optional field trip to a local Japanese facility.
In this introductory Japanese course, students learn the hiragana and katakana phonetic alphabets, and some elementary kanji (Chinese characters). Through written and spoken exercises, students learn to create basic sentences, provide and ask personal information, and go shopping in Japanese. The course includes an introduction to traditional aspects of Japanese culture.
Japanese 10 reviews and expands on concepts learned in Japanese 9. Students are introduced to a greater number of kanji and verbs. Through written and interactive spoken activities, students increase their descriptive vocabulary, vocabulary related to making friends in Japanese, and knowledge of Japanese arts and festivities.
Japanese Intro 11
This course covers the content of Japanese 9 and 10 in a single year in order to make students eligible for Japanese 11.
In Japanese 11, students further expand their knowledge of kanji, verb tenses, and descriptive language. Students become more fluent-sounding in everyday social situations, learn to explain themselves with greater accuracy, and are encouraged to deepen their knowledge of traditional as well as contemporary aspects of Japanese culture. Japanese 11 is considered a prerequisite for university “Japanese 101” courses, allowing students to skip over the introductory “100” course.
Upon starting Japanese 12, students are comfortable with everyday conversations. During this course students increase their Japanese literacy and learn to express themselves in more nuanced ways. Japanese 12 students are encouraged to take part in extra-curricular Japanese activities (such as the Japanese Language Proficiency Test and the annual BC Japanese Speech Contest), and keep up with current events in Japan. Japanese 12 is considered a prerequisite for university “Japanese 200” courses.
- Patrick Parks