"Welcome to AP Japanese"
Welcome to AP Japanese! Where: Room 206, MSHS When: 8:30-9:40 a.m. M-H, 8:15-9:00 (F) AP Japanese is designed to develop advanced skills in reading, writing and speaking Japanese. The goal of this class is to take and excel in the AP exam scheduled to take place in May 2010. It is not a mandatory exam, but highly recommended. Class schedule will look something like this: Mondays: Kanjis/Chapter introduction/Grammar introduction Tuesdays: Grammar and Writing Practice/ Web chat Proactice Wednesdays: Audio Comprehension/ Recordings Thursdays: Visual Comprehension Fridays: Short Text Readings/Review/Makeup assignments Assessments: There will be pop quizzes every week. These quick checks will focus on kanji assessment, short text comprehension and conversations on daily situations. The Six Week Thing: There will be an hour long comprehensive exam on all textbook chapters covered at the end of six weeks. Questions on this test will be taken from the workbook and other online resources used in class. The Twelve Week Thing: At the end of twelve weeks, students will be interviewed by native speakers, on oral language proficiency. There will be a short essay writing contest. Depending on school calendars, this could coincide with semester final exams. There will be two more long assessments during winter semester, based on similar lines. The dates of these two exams will be announced in December. Homework: Students should anticipate one hour long assignments on most weeknights and weekends. Electronic assignments need to be saved on a disk. Grading: All class assignments and homework assignments will carry between 5-15 points. Speaking and other lab assignments will carry between 1-10 points. Assignments will not be graded on a curve. Unless announced differently, all assignments will be due on the Monday of the following week. Extra credit: Students are encouraged to create projects that highlight their language skill. Materials: Textbook: Yookoso! Continuing with Contemporary Japanese. Workbook: Yookoso! Continuing with Contemporary Japanese Online Resources: Students will be directed to online resources for practice and homework assignments.