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Luck is like having a rice dumpling fly into your mouth--Japanese Proverb

Course Description

Shaler Area Mt. Royal Building Middle School
Mrs. Gerra Gembarosky—Instructor
(412) 492-1200 extension 2630

           Syllabus for Japanese I   -  Grade Level 8

Course Description:Students develop the ability to communicate about themselves and their immediate environment using simple sentences containing basic language structures. This communication is evidenced in all four language skills--speaking, listening, reading and writing--with emphasis on the ability to communicate orally and in writing.  Students begin to explore and study the themes ofPersonal and Family Life, School Life, Social Life and Community Life. 

This course's primary goals, aligned with the national standards, are to:

Communicate in Japanese
Students function in a variety of practical settings using listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as knowledge of the target culture(s).

Understand other cultures
Students demonstrate an understanding of traditions, customs, beliefs, and cultural contributions and how these elements relate to language.

Connect with other disciplines and acquire information
Students connect information about the language and cultures they are learning with concepts studied in other subject areas.

Develop insight into their own language and culture
Through study of language and culture, students recognize, compare, and contrast language concepts as well as cultural perspectives, practices, and products.

Participate in the global community
Students use the foreign language to communicate with speakers of that language, both at home and around the world, to improve their own communication skills and to enhance their view of themselves as citizens of the world.

Each topic addressed in the Program of Studies has progress indicators defining what students will be able to do. For example, under the theme Personal and Family Life, the topic Greetings and Introductions specifies that students will be able to perform introductions; use appropriate salutations with friends, family, and strangers; compare forms of address in the U.S. and Japan; and be able to introduce themselves to a native speaker of Japanese. Essential vocabulary and language structures are presented to students within the context of the themes and topics.

Topics to be Covered:

  • Greetings and Introductions
  • Physical Descriptions and Personality Characteristics, Feelings, and Emotions
  • Family Members
  • Clothing and Colors
  • Numbers and Time
  • Days, Months, and Calendar
  • Classes, Schedules, and Supplies
  • Interests and Leisure Activities
  • Weather and Seasons
  • Cities, Places, Activities, and Transportation
  • Shopping
  • Restaurants and Food

Text:   Mirai I.   Pearson Publishing, Australia


 Syllabus for FLEx "Introduction to Languages" Grade Level 7

Topic 1:  The Advantages of Learning Japanese 

Standard: 12.5 A  Know where in the local and regional community the target language and culture are useful and future advantages.

·        Japanese Restaurants in the Pittsburgh area

·        Japanese vocabulary used in some martial arts

·        Scholarships available from the government to students who study “critical-need” languages in college

·        Employment in government positions for national security

·        Employment in computer-related industries, engineering, computer science, and video production

·        Japanese Nationality Room at the University of Pittsburgh

Topic 2: The Japanese Alphabet

Standard: 12.1 AHear the basic sound system of Japanese.

·        Know that there are 3 writing systems that are used in Japanese

·        Writekanjinumbers from 1-12 using the Chinese system(kanji)

12.1 EIdentify words from the target language that are commonly used in English.

·        Translate cognates to English

Topic 3: Greetings and Expressions   Go-aisatsu

Stndard: 12.1 C  Recognize common vocabulary terms.

·        Greetings and farewells

·        Title usage with names—san, kun, sensei

·        See their names written inkatakana

Topic 4Making Introductions

Standard 12.1 CRecognize common vocabulary terms through listening and reading.

·        Ritual expressions for meeting someone for the first time—hajimemashiteanddoozo yoroshiku

·        Asking “How are you?”

·        State their names in Japanese

·       Ojigi—importance of bowing when meeting, leaving, apologizing

Topic 5: Numbers 0-19

Standard: 12.1 CRecognize common vocabulary terms through listening and reading.

·        Count from 1-12 

·        State their age

·        Write their telephone numbers inkanji(Chinese)

Topic 6: Time on the Hour

Standard: 12.1 D Know simple sentence and question structures used in basic speaking and(Roomaji)writing.

·        Ask “What time is it?”

·        Tell time on the hour. 

Topic 7: Months of the Year   

Standard: 12.1 C  Recognize common vocabulary terms through listening and reading.

·        State the months of the year usingkanjinumbers 1-12 and write thekanjiforgatsu.

Topic 8: Food

Standard: 12.1 CRecognize common vocabulary terms through listening and reading.

·        Know some food cognates and food native to Japan

·        Be aware of the importance of seasons in food preparation

·        Useonegai shimasuwhen ordering food

Standard:  12.3 CDescribe similarities and differences of life skills and social structures in personal interactions among cultures.

·        Ritual expressions that are always used before and after eating

·        There is no tipping in Japan

·        American fast food restaurants popular in Japan

·        Plastic food displays in the windows of Japanese restaurants

·        Chopsticks(ohashi)are used in Japan; forks and spoons are used in the United States

Topic 9: Culture

Standard: 12.5 DKnow simple comparisons and connections that can be made between the target language and English in the local, national and global communities.

·        Fashion: Both America and Japan wear Western clothing on a daily basis.

·       Kimono, obi, hakama, etc., are worn for formal occasions and holidays

·        Japanese businessmen bow to each other, but when dealing with American businessmen, will also shake hands.

·        Japan has the Imperial Family similar to Great Britain’s Royal Family.

·        Currency:  Japan uses yen; United States uses the dollar

·        Japan goes to school year-round, while most of the United States attends for only 9 months

·        Watch a video about Japanese food


Textbook:   "Invitation To Languages."    Published by Glencoe/McGraw Hill.

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