Japanese (日本語)

  • Teacher: Kathryn Fawcett


    Japanese I

    This course will provide the basic skills of the language with emphasis on listening and speaking. Students will learn to read and write in the two writing systems, hiragana and katakana. Cultural information is included regarding the life and customs of the Japanese people.

    Japanese II

    This course continues and builds upon the knowledge gained in Japanese I. Vocabulary and more sophisticated language skills are emphasized through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students begin the study of the Japanese ideographs, kanji, and study further the life and customs of the Japanese people.

    Japanese III (H) (Fall, 2 periods)

    This course continues to build upon the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills from the previous courses. Additional kanji, grammar, and cultural study help the students develop competence in the language and knowledge of Japan and its people.

    Japanese IV (H) (Spring, 2 periods)

    Students will become more proficient in spoken and written communication through study of authentic text and more complex grammar. The program’s focus on oral language use continues, supplemented by regular writing assignments and projects. Study of Japanese culture, traditional and current, continues.

    Advanced Placement Japanese

    This course follows the prescribed curriculum of the Advanced Placement Program. Instruction focuses on the mastery of language skills through reading, conversation, listening, grammar, composition, use of media and technology, and mastery of a significant number of kanji at the college level. At the end of the course, students may elect to take the Advanced Placement Examination.

    Japanese Club

    Japanese Club is really cool!

    The Japanese Club meets every other Tuesday to explore Japanese culture. Some of the activities that are popular with the members are calligraphy, origami, Japanese games, obentou (Japanese boxed lunch), other kinds of Japanese food and snacks, and videos about Japan or in Japanese. Occasionally, the club members eat at a local Japanese restaurant or visit the Japan Center at North Carolina State University. The Japan Center staff explains to students what might be in store for them when they continues their study of Japanese at the college level and also introduces them to the many resources available at the center for check out to the public. In the past the club has also participated in open house, orientation for new students, and the school's foreign language festivals where they enjoy sharing their knowledge about Japan and the Japanese language. Because Japanese is perceived to be an "exotic" language, they enjoy talking to other students and parents about what they are learning in class and at the club meetings.