In the 21st Century, success will come to those with the greatest understanding of their world. North High’s World Language Department offers three languages to give young Vikings the edge. Japanese studies teach non-native speakers to communicate by speaking, writing, and reading in the target languages. Students will be exposed to cultures which represent a large part of the world. World Language classes prepare Vikings for careers in every field and for entrance to universities across the nation. Student clubs offer additional activities and experiences in the student’s chosen language. Our sister school in Japan, exchange student programs, and tours of foreign countries guided by our language staff allow North High students to put what they’ve learned into practice. At least two years of world language is required for 4 year universities, but three years is recommended.
This course is designed to introduce the student to the Japanese language and the culture. The four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing will be introduced. Oral communication will be stressed. The basic alphabets of hiragana and katakana will be learned and Kanji introduced. Vocabulary centers on areas such as basic objects, places and common kinship terms. Critical thinking and independent study skills are encouraged.
This course is designed to broaden the students knowledge of an experiences regarding the Japanese language and culture. The skills of speaking, listening, reading, writing, and critical thinking continue to be developed. Vocabulary growth and oral work are still fundamental, but reading and writing receive increasing emphasis.
Prerequisite: Japanese I
This course is designed to develop sophistication of students linguistic, cultural, and critical thinking skills. More complex grammatical patterns will be introduced. Speaking, listening, reading and writing continue to be developed. Vocabulary growth and oral work are still first priority but reading and writing skills will continue to be enhanced. Independent learning will be promoted.
Prerequisite: Japanese II
The student will continue to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills with gradually increasing difficulty. Students will expand their knowledge of kanji (Chinese) and facility with written Japanese. This includes insights into the cultural context of the language and understanding of the Japanese people and the characteristics unique to their thinking and customs.
Prerequisite: Japanese III