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Kindergarten

Students practice greetings in Japanese and enjoy Japanese songs, dances and games. They learn introductory Hiragana and simple vocabulary, and are given opportunities to connect with the Japanese culture.


1st Grade

Students learn 50 Hiragana letters (Gojuon) and use them in learning familiar vocabulary as in family, house, school, numbers and colors. They enhance reading and writing skills by using Hiragana. They also practice basic conversation that begins with various greetings. The textbook is “Introductory Japanese.”



2nd Grade

While further expanding Hiragana vocabulary, students learn 50 Katakana letters. They practice basic grammar, reading short stories and conversation. The textbook is the first half of “Elementary Japanese.”



3rd Grade

Completing study of basic Hiragana and Katakana, students practice reading and writing of sentences. Simple Kanji characters are also introduced. They learn particles, counting, days of a week and expressions representing actions. The textbook is the second half of “Elementary Japanese.”



4th Grade

Class focuses on increasing in vocabulary that includes irregular consonants, small つ (tsu) and complex Kanji. Students learn everyday expressions through short stories and conversation to further enhance their ability to communicate. Counting, modifying words and mimetic words are also practiced. Textbook is the first half of “Intermediate Japanese.”

 

5th Grade

Class focuses on verb conjugation, modifiers, and a wide range of grammar as well as expanding vocabulary through the use of Kanji. Students practice reading longer texts and essay writing. Textbook is the second half of “Intermediate Japanese” and the introduction portion of “Advanced Japanese.”



6th Grade

Class focuses on verb conjugation, modifiers, and a wide range of grammar as well as expanding vocabulary through the use of Kanji. They practice reading longer texts and essay writing. Textbook is “Advanced Japanese.”