Class: HS Japanese 4

Hour: MWF: 2:15-3:00, TU: 1:45-3:00

Teacher Name: Ms.Hitomi Yabe

Room Number: 312

Email Address: Please e-mail me through Jupiter.

Website Address:

School Phone Number: 958-3000

The best time for parents to call me: 11:45-12:15 (If this is not convenient for you, please e-mail me.)

Course Description: Japanese 4 is a high-intermediate course that teaches reading and writing skills using complex sentences structures. The usage of honorific, extra-modest, and humble expressions is introduced in the 2nd semester. Students continue to acquire kanji (Kanji Kentei levels 9-6) and are encouraged to take the Kanji Kentei Test. Students who have completed this course are considered as almost the same level as N4 of the Japanese Proficiency Test. Genki II is the textbook used for this class. Students will participate in a speech contest during the 2nd semester.

Our Goals:

1. Students will be able to read and understand up to 3rd-4th grade level in Japanese.

2. Students will be able to write essays in Japanese using kanjis.

3. Students will acquire many vocabulary and expressions.

4. Students will learn kanji up to 2nd-5th grade level (Kanji-kentei : Level 9-6)

5. Students will learn Japanese culture, custom and manners.

6. Students will learn a moral in a biblical way and how to apply it to their own lives.

7. Students will be encouraged to take a Kanji Kentei Test. (Details will be given later.)

Class Activities:

1. We start with a prayer in Japanese.

2. Students will work on their kanji worksheet on Wednesdays.

3. Students will write essays in Japanese using the structures that they have learned and kanji.

4. Students will be given a listening comprehension test at the end of each chapter.

5. Students will be given quizzes (vocabulary and/or kanji) and tests.

Materials Needed:

1.Three Japanese notebooks (for classwork, homework and kanji)

*Students may purchase notebooks from the teacher. (120 yen each)

2. A4 size file folder to keep the handouts (Any kind of folder is acceptable.)

3. Pencils, highlighters and other writing instruments

Class Text:

Genki II

Other Resources:

Genki II workbook

Handouts (will be given by the teacher)


Tests: 45% (paper tests, essay final draft(s), listening comprehension tests)

Homework: 20%

Quizzes: 10%

Class/Participation: 15%

Kanji Participation: 10%

Class Expectations:

1. Believe in yourselves and be willing to do your best (you know more than you realize)

2. Actively participate in class, such as answering questions and taking notes

3. Be willing to make mistakes, many times the best way to learn is by trial and error

4. Turn in all assignments on time. See Homework Policy below for details. (If there are extenuating circumstances, I will address that on a case by case basis - students will need to meet with me to discuss the situation)

5. Excused absence does not mean you are excused from the day’s assignments.

6. Absent work needs to be made up in a timely manner.

7. You must show your work on all assignments and tests.


1st Quarter: Unit 17 /kanji/memory verse

2nd Quarter: Unit 18/kanji/memory verse/essay

3rd Quarter: Unit 19/kanji/memory verse

4th Quarter: Unit 20/kanji/memory verse/speech contest

*This may change as we go along.

Class Rules:

1. Speak Japanese.

2. Always be on time and on task.

3. Respect each other (to the teacher and to the classmates).

4. You can make up quizzes. (Details about the make-up quiz will be given by the teacher.)

5. Students are not allowed to walk in the classroom during the class unless they get permission from the teacher.

6. Students should use pencils to write in their notebooks, tests, quizzes and essays. When you make mistakes, you need to erase with erasers. Scratch-outs are not acceptable; however, white-outs are acceptable.

7. If you misbehave in class, you will receive a check.

8. You will get 1 check when you go to the bathroom during class. If you get three checks, you will serve a lunch detention.

*You can ask the bathroom only at the beginning of the class if you didn’t have enough time before class. Then teacher will give you permission to leave for 3 minutes.

9. No chewing gum/No sleeping during class.

10. No drawing on textbook, notebooks, materials and desk .

11. You will get a check when you forget to bring materials, notebooks, file, pencils or an eraser. If you get three checks, you will serve a lunch detention.

12.If you damage your textbook. A new textbook will need to be purchased by the student.

Homework Policies

Late assignment ・・・-10% per day

*If a student does not turn in missing class work (s)/homework(s) by the final deadline (The date will be announced.), he/she will receive zero(s).