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                                                                   COURSE SYLLABUS


Semester:                    Spring, 2018  (2/3/2018 – 6/9/2018)

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. Children need their parents' support. Please assist your child patiently in learning Japanese at home.
  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 on itWe will save all their work and return it to them at the end of the school year. (If the pupils took Kindergarten class last year, we encourage them to reuse the same binder that they received on Graduation day.)
  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 (Feb. 3)              Beginning of 2nd Semester

                                        P35-38                                           Introduction, Setsubun, Animals

Week 2 (Feb. 10)            P35-38                                           Animals, Body parts, colors

Week 3 (Feb. 17)            P35-38                                           Animals, Body parts, Adjectives

Week 4 (Feb. 24)            P53-56                                           Shopping, Counters

Week 5 (Mar. 3)              P53-56                                           Shopping, how much?

Week 6 (Mar. 10)            P53-56                                           Shopping                                     

Week 7 (Mar. 17)            P57-60                                           Treasure Hunting, directions

Week 8 (Mar. 24)            P57-60                                           Treasure Hunting, directions

             (Mar. 31)            Spring Break (NO CLASS)           

Week 9 (Apr. 7)               P61-64                                           Transportation & Destination

Week 10 (Apr. 14)           P61-64                                           Transportation & Destination

Week 11 (Apr. 21)           P65-68                                           Verb Past Tense (mashita)        

Week 12 (Apr. 28)           P65-68                                           Verb Past Tense (mashita)        

Week 13 (May. 5)            P69-72                                           Sickness, (…ga itai)                  

Week 14 (May. 12)          P69-72                                           Sickness, (…ga itai)                  Parent-Teacher Conferences 1

Week 15 (May. 19)          Review for the final exam 1            Practice for Gakugei-kai           Parent-Teacher Conferences 2

Week 16 (May. 26)          Review for the final exam 2            Practice for Gakugei-kai

Week 17 (Jun. 2)             Final Exam 

Week 18 (Jun. 9)             Graduation & GAKUGEI-KAI (pupils’ presentation)