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Japanese 12

Japanese 12 Course Overview

Big Ideas

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

Language and culture are interconnected and shape our perspective, identity, and voice.

The communicative context determines how we express ourselves.

Exploring diverse forms of cultural expression promotes greater understanding of our own cultural identity.

Developing proficiency in a new language provides unique opportunities for careers, travel, personal growth, and study abroad.



Japanese 12 is a course for serious students of the Japanese language. By the end of Japanese 12, it is expected that students will have also learned humble and honorific language, to a basic degree, besides the passive, causative, and passive/causative forms.

This goes beyond what is generally expected at the high school level. One hundred and seventy-six new kanji (beyond the Introductory and 11 Courses) are introduced, and students are expected to be able to read and write them in context. Each module includes helpful cultural information.

Where does this course fit?

  • Prerequisites: Japanese 11
  • Graduation Status:Elective for graduation
  • There are no follow-up courses after Japanese 12.

Course Materials

  • The Genki II Textbook is provided digitally, but students are welcome to obtain a physical copy through the VLN library.
  • You must have access to a computer.

Brief Outline



Module 1

Potential verbs; ‘It looks like. . .’; ‘I’ll try. . .’; ‘. . .shi’; ‘nara’; Frequency;

Module 2

Desire; Probably; To give/to receive; ‘How would it be if. . .’; ‘mo/shika’

Module 3

Volitional form; Making preparations; Using sentences to qualify nouns

Module 4

More giving and receiving; ‘to say’; Use of ‘toki’; Making apologies

Module 5

‘I hear that. . .’; ‘If. . .’; ‘It’s alright if you don’t. . .’; ‘It resembles. . .’; Before and after.

Module 6

Transitivity pairs; To complete; When; During; ‘It would be good if. . .’

Module 7

Honorific verbs; Giving respectful advice; ‘Thank you for having done something (for me)’; ‘It would have been good if . . .’; Expectation

Module 8

Extra modest expressions; Humble expressions; ‘naide’; Questions within larger sentences; name ’to iu’ item; ‘. . .yasui/. . .nikui’

Module 9

Passive sentences; ‘. . .te aru’; ‘. . .aida ni’; Adjective + ‘suru’; ‘. . .te hoshii’

Module 10

Causative sentences; Verb stem +’nasai’; ‘. . .ba’; ‘. . .no ni’; ‘. . .no you ni’; ‘. . .no you na’

Module 11

Causative-passive sentences; ‘. . .te mo’; ‘. . .koto ni suru’; ‘. . .ma de’; ‘. . .kata’

Assessment Percentage Breakdown

Assessment Type

Percentage of the Course

Assignments (11)




Oral Exams (2)




Conversation Log


Midterm and Final exam


Cultural Projects (3)


You have up to a year to complete your course.

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