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Children Beginning

                                                                     COURSE SYLLABUS


Semester:                    Fall 2017  (9/9/2017 – 1/27/2018)

Class& Classroom:     Children Beginning, Room 101

Instructor:                    Tomoko Naruitmknal@gmail.com

Meeting Day & Time:   Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Course Objectives:

At the end of the semester, the pupil should be able to:
  1. Play with other children, study Japanese enjoyably.
  2. Understand the Japanese sentences that the teacher uses.
  3. Memorize, read and write the 50 Kana sounds.
  4. Carry on simple Japanese dialogs.
  5. Learn and use daily nouns for common objects around us.
  6. Count from 1 to 50 in Japanese.
  7. Speak Japanese with friends.
Textbooks& Materials:
  1. Yasashii Nihongo Elementary Japanese. (1994.)
     The California Association of Japanese Language Schools. Tokyo, Japan: Seibido.
  2. Handouts, picture books, video tapes, and etc.
Evaluation& Rewards:
At the end of the semester:
  1. The pupil’s listening, speaking, reading, spelling, penmanship, and communication skills will be evaluated by the letter grade: A 90-100, B 80-89, C 70-79, D Needs Attention, and F Failure. Also, his/her homework, attendance, punctuality, attention, effort, motivation, manners, and responsibility will be evaluated by the letter grade: E Excellent, S Satisfactory, U Unsatisfactory. See the Report Card if necessary.
  2. A final exam will be giving.
  3. Awards of honors: KAIKINSHO (Perfect Attendance Award) will be given to any pupil who has had perfect attendance during the academic year, and SEIKINSHO (Good Attendance Award) to any pupil who has had only 1 or 2 absences during the academic year. A DORYOKUSHO (Effort Award) may be given to any pupil whose effort throughout the academic year was laudable.
Course Descriptions:
Instructor will repeat the following, week after week in order to remember.
  1. Year, Month, Day, Days of the Week, Weather
  2. Numbers: From 1 to 50
  3. Greetings (Ohayo gozaimasu, Sayonara, Arigato, etc.)
  4. Action Verbs (Tatsu, Suwaru, Utau, Naku, Okoru, Taberu, Nomu, Warau, Deru, Hairu, etc.)
  5. Kana Syllabifies (50 sounds)
  6. Karutatori (Make names of nouns, hiragana memorized on the day into Karuta cards.)
  7. Songs.
  8. Picture Books.
  9. Making Seasonal Events (Halloween, Christmas, Osyogatsu, etc.)
Notes to Parents:
  1. Pupils will receive homework assignments every week. Please help them to check their work with the homework check sheet as well as their weekly quizzes and class work.
  2. During the recess, pupils will go to the gym. Please have them wear gym shoes.
  3. We have snack time between 10:15-10:30 after the gym time. Please let your children bring their own snack.
  4. Please have your children bring a basic,1-inch, 3-ring binder with their name and 4 tab dividers. Their class work, weekly quizzes, and homework will be filed along with their score sheet and homework check sheet. 
  5. The Beginning class has two levels called Group 1 and Group 2. The most of the first year Beginning students will be in Group 1, and they will advance to Group 2 in their second year. Group 2 students use a same text book as Group 1 but they will learn more advanced level in addition to review materials from the Group 1.
  1. The teacher will follow the class schedule bellow.
  2. Between 10:00 and 10:15, pupils and instructors will engage in outdoor activities in the gym to develop kinetic, developmental skills of children. This activity will help lessen the stress and lower the anxiety of the children.
Calender: (The schedule is subject to change.) 
                                                 Textbook                                           Subject

Week 1  (Sep. 9)        P3  Beginning of 1st Semester    Introduction, Greetings, Review

Week 2  (Sep. 16)      P12                                              Review, Kyoshitsu no Nihongo

Week 3  (Sep. 23)      P13 - P15                                    Things To Do In the Morning (...masu)

Week 4  (Sep. 30)      P13 - P15                                    Things To Do In the Morning (...masu)

Week 5  (Oct. 7)         P16                                              Question (...masuka?) Negative (...masen)

Week 6  (Oct. 14)       P17 – P20                                    Counting People (Hitori, futari…)

Week 7  (Oct. 21)       P21, 23, 28  Open House            Let’s… (…mashoo)

Week 8  (Oct. 28)       P22 – P23                                    Verb Past (…mashita)

Week 9  (Nov. 4)         P25 – P27                                    Want to… (…tai)

Week 10 (Nov. 11)      P25 – P27                                    Want to… (…tai)

Week 11 (Nov. 18)      P29 – P32                                    Let’s do... (…wo shimashoo)

               (Nov. 25)     Thanksgiving Holiday

Week 12 (Dec. 2)       P33 – P34                                    Telephone

Week 13 (Dec. 9)       Last Day of the Year                     Review 1 (Study for Final Exam) 

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~   (Winter break: 12/16, 23, 30, 1/6)  ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Week 14 (Jan. 13)     First Day of the Year                      Review 2 (Study for Final Exam)

Week 15 (Jan. 20)     Final Exam

Week 16 (Jan. 27)     End of 1st Semester