Nihongo 9 e youkoso, irasshaimase! Welcome to Japanese 9.
Instructor: Miriam Irons
Telephone: 347-1171, extension 2203
Please call me: Aironzu sensei
Japanese 9 is a general introductory course in Japanese language and culture.
If there is something on this outline that you do not want to study or something
missing in this outline that you do want to study, please let us know!
There is a textbook Hai! 1 and a workbook. You will also need a binder to put the
numerous handouts and paper. Pen/Pencil/eraser
Students will have a general view on Japanese culture and be able to read, write
say some simple words and expressions in Japanese.
Students will learn to read and write the hiragana alphabet. This will take time
and energy. You need to be reviewing every day in order to learn the hiragana
really well, so study hard!
The main themes and topics we will be studying include the following:
Introduction to Japan – What do you already know about Japan?
Watch a Japanese drama to appreciate the diversity of Japan.
Geography: location on the map of the world.
Capital city and the main island names of Japan.
Cut out a jigsaw puzzle of Japan and glue it together, then label
the island names.
Greetings in Japanese – be able to greet me with the right greeting
at the right time.
Thank you and goodbye.
Non-verbal communication in Japanese and other cultures:
Handshake, bowing, no, girlfriend/boyfriend, lack of eye contact,
angry, come here, ‘who me?’, excuse me.
Research and know about some other non-verbal
gestures from other countries.
Sing the Japanese Alphabet Song together with sensei.
Writing System hiragana, katakana, kanji: learn how to write
hiragana today and do some Japanese calligraphy.
Classroom Commands and Japanese School System
Chapter 2: What’s your Name, Thank You: Onamae wa? Douzo,
ひらがな：e え、o お、 su す、 te て、 de で、 ha は、 ma ま
Chapter 3 Douzoyoroshiku
ひらがな：u う、ko こ、sa さ、shi し、ta た、mo も、wa わ、
n ん、go ご、ba ば
Ask and answer phone number
Numbers and the kanji for them
Mini Oral: Introduce yourself and a friend to the class
Food: Learn about some typical Japanese Food names.
Identify foods by picture in Japanese.
Know about the Japanese food groups.
Be able to say the food names and spell them correctly
Global Understanding: Decide which food you want to make to
bring to class to share and eat.
Chapter 4: How old are you? Nan sai desuka.
Hiragana: い i,せ se,と to,み mi,じ ji,ど do
Research a cultural aspect of Japan and make a movie, tourist
brochure, poster or powerpoint presentation about your area of
research to the class. Work on this for two class periods and then
present the following two class periods. Your topic of research
could be from the following: sports, holidays, different areas
of Japan, anime, daily life…
Ima nan ji desuka. What time is it?
Hour, half hour, five and ten minute intervals, Asking and saying
your animal year.
Chapter 5: Ask and answer where someone lives, ask and tell
where someone lives
ひらがな:a あ, so そ, chi ち, ni に, no の, yo よ, ri り, za ざ, zo ぞ
Basic Family Terms: otousan, okaasan, ojiisan, obaasann, oniisan,
oneesan, otoutosan, imoutosan
Be able to label a family tree with Japanese words.
Age and Name of another’s parents
ひらがな： ne ね、ki き, ku く, ke け, tsu つ
Traditional Clothing, Colours and Modern Clothing: learn the primary
colours and some clothing vocabulary. Sukaato, jiinzu, t-shatsu,
seetaa, yukata, kimono
Colours: aoi, akai, midori, murasaki, kiiroi, kuroi, pinku, orenji
Read the Colour and Culture in Japan handout and recognize
the special colours.
Be able to point to some clothing items and say them in
Draw your favourite outfit and label it in Japanese. Present to
ひらがな：yu ゆ、fu ふ、bi び、ru る、re れ, ro ろ
Spirited Away Movie
ひらがな：na Row, Ha Row, ma Row
Tea Ceremony: Experience and do a tea ceremony
ＯＲ 包丁一本 Watch video on how to be a chef in Japan.
ひらがな：Ya, wo, A row
Body parts: Learn how to say head, shoulders, knees, eyes, nose,
mouth and nose. Be able to label a face in Japanese.
Know about some Japanese sports and how to do them.
Likes and Dislikes
Be able to say what you love, like and not really like.
Learn more nouns for what you love, like and not like.
Hiragana All Review
Ask and answer date of your birthday.
Be able to recognize the months
Days of the Week
Draw a hiragana picture of your favourite word.
Make a Japanese birthday card.
Watch some commercials from Japan
Folk Tales：Listen to Kasa Jizou in English and other folk tales on
the internet. Write a reaction to each folk tale and appreciate
different themes that Japanese focus on.
Learn Adjectives: ookii (big), chiisai (small) , kitanai (dirty) ,
kibishii (strict) , yasashii (gentle/easy) , urusai (noisy)
Describe pictures using the above adjectives
Make a collage of pictures and label in Japanese the adjective.
Learn more adjectives: muzukashii, tsumaranai, omoshiroi,
oishii, mazui, kawaii
Read about the different Kawaii
Learn the TOPIC wa ADJ desu structure
Make a simple commercial in Japanese.
Review of latter half of Hiragana chart Hidden Hiragana
Picture: Make a picture and hide the hiragana inside it.
Yearly Events in Japan
Learn about the main yearly events.
Discuss the similarities and differences between Canadian,
world and Japanese yearly events.
Review the Year
Final Exam in class
1) Treat others with courtesy and respect at all times. Learning a new
language requires risk taking. A non-threatening, respectful classroom
environment greatly facilitates risk taking.
2) Arrive on-time for all classes and attend all classes. There will be
regular quizzes. Late students will not be permitted to make-up missed
quizzes unless an acceptable excuse is provided. Also, regular attendance is
necessary in order for you to be learning Japanese.
3) Be prepared for class. Ensure that you bring the necessary materials to
class and have completed all assigned homework.
4) Promptly make up for material missed because of an excused absence.
Choose a tomodachi whom you can contact to find out what you have missed.
5) Study Japanese inside and outside class time. It requires a fair bit of
home review to be able to learn Japanese successfully. You need to be
reviewing your writing and language every day for 15 minutes at least. Some
students require more and some require less.
Tomodachi: _________ ___Tel:__________
80% of your final Mark is based on work done during the TERM, 20% is the final
Written Class Assignments 40%
Orals & Daily Oral Work 40%
Multiple Choice 15%
Hiragana Alphabet 5%
Daily Class Oral Work
Daily review and actually using and speaking Japanese in class is one
way you can improve your learning of Japanese. During practice time in
class, I will observe your Japanese speaking and give you a mark using the
5 Excellent Japanese
4 Very Good Japanese
3 Satisfactory Japanese
2 English spoken frequently, not a lot of Japanese spoken
1 Only English, no Japanese spoken
EFFORT and ATTITUDE:
Is part of your daily life and although not counted as a mark for you in your
report card, affects your overall knowledge and achievement in Japanese.
From time to time, I will give you feedback on the following:
Excellent: eagerly engages in activities and discussion.
Proficient: Participates in classroom activities and discussion willingly and
Adequate: Participates in classroom activities and discussions according to
the structure provided by the teacher
Limited: Requires continual prompting to engage in activities or discussions.
4 Consistently turns in assignments on time and fulfills the
requirements stated in teacher directions in a unique and creative manner
3 Usually turns in assignments on time and thoroughly fulfills
requirements stated in teacher directions.
2 Turns in assignments on time with some prompting and fulfills
sufficient requirements stated in teacher directions.
1 Limited: rarely turns in assignments on time even with prompting
and minimal evidence of meeting requirements stated in teacher directions.