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Introductory Japanese 11

Japanese Introductory 11 Course Overview

Big Ideas

Listening and viewing with intent supports our acquisition and understanding of
a new language.

Stories help us acquire language
and understand the world around us.

Expressing ourselves in
a new language requires courage, risk taking,
and perseverance.

Exploring diverse forms of cultural expression allows us to experience and appreciate cultural diversity.


Acquiring a new language provides a unique opportunity to access and interact with diverse communities.



This course offers a comprehensive foundation to the study of Japanese. Students will learn two of the phonetic systems and begin the study of the ‘Chinese’ characters. Reading, writing, listening, and speaking in Japanese are emphasised in each lesson, and students have an opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the culture of Japan and their own facility of the language.

Cultural information is presented in each Module.

Where does this course fit?

  • Prerequisites:  None
  • Graduation Status: Elective for graduation
  • Japanese 11 and Japanese 12 can be taken sequentially (and are offered through VLN) upon successful completion of the previous course.

Course Materials

  • Students will need to have access to a computer and develop some computer skills.
  • They may also borrow a text from the VLN library, if desired.

Brief Outline



Module 1

Greetings; X is Y; Question sentences; Possessives;

Module 2

This, that, that over there, which?; Here, there, over there, where?; Whose?; Also; It is not the case; Asking for agreement; Emphatic speech

Module 3

Verb conjugation; Verb types and the present tense; Particles; Time Reference; Invitations; Word Order; Frequency adverbs; The Topic Particle ‘wa’

Module 4

Animate and inanimate existance; Describing where things are; Past tense of ‘desu’; Past tense of Verbs; More ‘also’; Time; ‘Many’, ‘And’

Module 5

Adjectives; Things we like/dislike; ‘Let’s do/Shall we do’; Counting

Module 6

‘Te’ form with ‘please’, ‘is it alright if. . .’ and ‘you must not. . . ’; Describing two activities; ‘From’ and more of ‘Shall we. . .’

Module 7

Present continuous; Describing people; ‘te’ forms for joining sentences; Verb stem plus ‘ni iku’; Counting people

Assessment Percentage Breakdown

Assessment Type

Percentage of the Course

Assignments (8)


Quizzes (3)




Oral Exams (2)


Midterm exam


Final exam


Cultural Projects (3)


You have up to a year to complete your course. 

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