Adventures in Japanese, Volume 3, Online Textbook

Adventures in Japanese, Volume 3, Online Textbook


The Adventures in Japanese online Textbook is an identical, digital alternative to the print version. ​This online textbook subscription is valid for 12 months, starting from the date of activation.

Building on the success of Volumes 1 and 2, Adventures in Japanese Volume 3 encourages the development of natural Japanese across all four language skills. With a wider range of communicative activities, AP* preparation strategies, snapshots of historical figures, and authentic reading and listening activities, Adventures in Japanese Volume 3 fosters cultural competency alongside language acquisition for engaging and holistic instruction.

Unit Structure: Each lesson frames targeted activities around the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. A multi-page manga dialogue previews the content of the first lesson section (speaking and listening focused). Authentic reading comprehension activities preview the content for the second half of each lesson (reading and writing focused).

Cultural Competency: AP-style review activities introduce historical Japanese figures to build competency while recycling and consolidating language skills. Japanese Culture Projects after each lesson invite students to engage in more in-depth independent research and present their findings in Japanese.

Communicative Activities: Authentic listening activities expose students to natural, native Japanese to improve both reading and writing skills. Lesson Readings with more advanced comprehension activities improve both reading and writing skills.

Review & Recycling: Post-lesson reviews provide a downloadable Oral Pro-Achievement Interview (OPI) checklist to help students keep track of content learned in each lesson. AP-style Text Chat, Conversation, and Discussion review activities apply lesson material in real-life scenarios.

Please note that, as this is an online textbook, it will not be available for download. Internet access will be necessary to use this product.


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About the Series


Introducing the Fourth Edition of Adventures in Japanese

With contemporary photos, vocabulary, and real life scenarios, the full-color Fourth Edition of Adventures in Japanese gives students a strong foundation in the Japanese language through the development of the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students are encouraged to become more globally aware and culturally sensitive while strengthening conversational skills. The flexibility of this series allows for endless activities and projects to be built around the lessons, and aids teachers by integrating the “5Cs” of the ACTFL World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages—Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities – into the series’ core structure.

What’s new in the Fourth Edition?

  • New Full-color Textbook Design with Up-to-date Photos and Content The new full-color design of Adventures in Japanese’s 4th Edition is easier to read and easier to navigate. More photos bring Japanese culture to life. Updated vocabulary reflects changes in technology and in Japanese society.
  • More Practice New grammar exercises have been added after each grammar explanation in the textbook.
 New authentic materials provide students with real-world reading practice.
  • Improved Pacing Now with 12 lessons instead of 16, pacing and instructional flow have been streamlined, making Adventures in Japanese easier to complete in one year.
  • New Introductory Lesson Teachers are now able to introduce hiragana, katakana, kanji, and pronunciation at whatever time best suits their class.
  • Clear Expectations Can-Do statements and self-assessment checklists have been added to each lesson so objectives and expectations are clearly defined. Review Lessons are available for download on the companion website at
  • More Kanji More than 60 kanji are introduced in Volume 1 to provide students with a stronger foundation for continued study and AP® exam preparation.
  • New Student Audio New audio recordings for Dialogues, Vocabulary, Language in Context, Grammar models, review questions, audio activities, and Culture Notes will be available for download from the Companion Website at
  • New Common Core Activities Additional activities aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts are included throughout the textbook. Accompanying the Culture Notes, these activities encourage students to read critically and write narrative, informational, and persuasive responses.
  • 21st Century Skills Activities Students extend their learning about cultural topics by using technology to do research, create presentations, and improve their language skills and cultural competence. Students will also practice critical reading and writing skills aligned with the CCSS.
  • Connect activities Students use Japanese to practice skills in other career-based disciplines, including math, statistics, science, and social studies.
  • Recycling Recycling of key grammar structures and vocabulary is now clearly indicated.
  • Digital Teacher's Guide to Go Access all of the Adventures in Japanese teacher materials on a convenient USB flash drive. Easy to carry, easy to use, and easy to customize. 

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