Japanese 3


Japanese 3


Wakana T. Burnham

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Course Overview

    Japanese 3 (日本語三) is a continuation of Japanese 1 and 2. It is an elective course. Students’ proficiency levels at the end of the course are expected to reach the Intermediate High to Advanced Low range, as described in the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTEL) Proficiency Guidelines. This class is also a prerequisite for the AP Japanese class. In order to achieve the above, the Japanese classes at Father Duenas Memorial School will follow the curriculum outlined below.

Course Goals & Objectives


    Focus will be on intermediate Grammar, Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking Skills using the main textbook An Invitation to Contemporary Japanese ‘YOOKOSO’ up to Chapter 7, and Continuing with Contemporary Japanese ‘YOOKOSO’ up to Chapter 2.

Students will complete assignments only in HIRAGANA, KATAKANA, and KANJI. 300 KANJI characters (150 new KANJIs and 150 KANJI learned in JA 1 and 2)

In addition, the students will practice Conversation, Typing, Interviewing, Phone Conversation, Narration while looking at pictures, and Composition. They will primarily use the textbook and handouts provided by the teacher. Advancing from Japanese 2, students will increase their proficiency in the Japanese language, learning more advanced grammar and vocabulary. Using this grammar and vocabulary, they will increase their ability to develop sentences and create conversations using their own ideas.

Participation in the National Japanese Exam (end of March ~ early April) and Guam Nihongo Challenge Bowl is mandatory.