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Japanese I, Part 2 (WLG150B)

Japanese I, Part 2 (WLG150B)

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Quick Overview

Students become familiar with the fundamental concepts and constructions of the Japanese language as well as the rich and ancient world of Japanese culture in this two-semester course. Japanese I has been designed to meet the standards of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). This is the second semester of WLG150.

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Course Overview

This beginning-level course introduces students to listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through activities that are based on pedagogically proven methods of foreign language instruction. Students learn to express themselves using an ever-increasing vocabulary, present-form verbs, particles, and adjectives. Grammar is introduced and practiced with a variety of learning styles in mind. Cultural information in the course teaches students about Japanese culture, people, society, and history. This is the second semester of WLG150.


Course Outline


Unit 1: Greetings

The theme of greetings surrounds this unit that includes reciting and spelling words with Japanese phonetic characters (hiragana) and an introduction to Japanese culture.

  • Introductions
  • What Is Your Name?
  • Where Are You From?
  • Where Do You Live?
  • Greetings and Farewells
  • Japanese Culture

Unit 2: Calendar

The theme of calendars and numbers surrounds this unit that includes learning about days of the week, dates, and more cultural aspects of Japan in addition to learning more hiragana characters and their sounds.

  • Days of the Week
  • Dates of the Month
  • Numbers 0 - 31
  • Likes and Dislikes
  • Your Birthday

Unit 3: Time

The theme of time surrounds this unit that includes talking about places in a city, asking questions, and reciting more numbers. Students learn about traditional Japanese garments, homes, and Kyoto, the old capital city of Japan. Students also practice typing hiragana characters.

  • Time
  • Places in a City
  • Asking Yes/No Questions
  • Numbers 1 - 100
  • Traditional Garments and Homes

Unit 4: Colors

The theme of colors surrounds this unit that includes using adjectives to describe people and things related to school. Students also learn another set of phonetic characters called katakana.

  • Colors
  • Adjectives
  • People
  • School Subjects
  • School Supplies
  • Japanese Parks and Landforms

Unit 5: Place

In this unit, students learn to talk about places in town and express their desires about what they want to do. They also learn about Japanese festivals and the origins of karaoke.

  • Place in Town
  • Japanese Festivals
  • Expressing Desires
  • Affirmative and Negative Forms
  • What Do You Want to Do?
  • Karaoke


Unit 1: Family

The theme of family surrounds this unit that includes talking about family members and their birthdays and ages. Students also review dates and numbers, forms of verbs, and cultural practices in Japanese families.

  • Family Members
  • Counting People
  • Coming of Age Day
  • Kanji
  • Family Celebrations and Traditions
  • Dictionary Verb Forms

Unit 2: Weather

The theme of weather surrounds this unit that includes talking about seasons, climate, and temperatures. Students also practice talking about what they wear and what they like to do using various verb forms.

  • Weather
  • Climate and Seasons
  • Temperature Scales
  • Clothing
  • Plain and Polite Form of Verbs
  • What You Like To Do
  • Sweets and Cakes

Unit 3: Foods

The theme of food surrounds this unit that includes ordering food in a restaurant and dining habits in Japan. Students also learn expressions to make requests using the "Te-form" of verbs.

  • Food and Beverages
  • Ordering Restaurant Foods
  • "Te-form" of Verbs
  • Making Requests
  • Dining Habits in Japan

Unit 4: Pastimes

The theme of pastimes surrounds this unit that includes talking about sports and leisure activities such as games. Students learn how to talk about what they like to do, what they do well, and how to invite someone to an activity. They also learn to make a phone call.

  • Activities
  • Talking on the Phone
  • Family Names in kanji
  • Games
  • Sports and Players
  • Invitations

Unit 5: School

The theme of school surrounds this unit that includes talking about schools and school activities in detail. Students also talk about their house, chores and responsibilities, and their future plans.

  • School Routines and Schedules
  • Classes
  • Housing
  • Chores and Housework

Additional Information

Course Length 4 Months
Prerequisites N/A
Course Materials No
Course Start Date

Courses Taught by a K12 Teacher

Courses with a teacher have designated start dates throughout Fall, Spring, and Summer. Full-year courses last 10 months and semester courses last 4 months. Courses are taught by teachers in K12 International Academy. For details on start dates, click here.

Teacher Assisted Yes, this course is taught by a K12 International Academy teacher. If you are looking for a teacher-supported option with additional flexibility and year-round start dates, click here to learn about the Keystone School, another K12 online private schooling option.
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Hardware and Browsers (Minimum Recommendations)

Windows OS

  • CPU: 1.8 GHz or faster processor (or equivalent)

  • RAM: 1GB of RAM

  • Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Mozilla Firefox 10.0 versions or higher, Chrome 17.0 or higher

  • At this time our users are encouraged not to upgrade to Windows 10 or Edge (the new browser)


Mac OS

  • CPU: PowerPC G4 1 GHz or faster processor; Intel Core Duo 1.83 GHz or faster processor

  • RAM: 1GB of RAM

  • Browser: Firefox 10.0 versions or higher, Chrome 17.0 or higher (Safari is not supported!)

Internet Connections

It is highly recommended that a broadband connection be used instead of dial up.