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Adventures in Japanese, Volume 1, Textbook

Adventures in Japanese, Volume 1, Textbook

ISBN:
9780887275753
$69.99
Description

In Adventures in Japanese, Volume 1 textbook, students learn to talk about themselves (family, daily routines, hobbies, school) and learn about Japanese culture.

Each lesson begins with two or three tasks, which are the proficiency goals for each lesson. Communication is emphasized, and students constantly practice speaking with one another and the teacher on topics relevant to students’ daily lives. Review questions at the end of every other lesson require a proficiency in asking and answering questions on the lesson topics, and test students’ progress relative to each lesson’s goals.

Volume 1 gently introduces hiragana and katakana in order to acclimate the student to the use of characters. Seventeen basic kanji are introduced. At the end of Volume 1, students will have learned to write and correctly use hiragana and katakana, two of the basic Japanese syllabaries. Romanization is provided for hiragana until Lesson 4. Katakana is introduced after Lesson 8, and romanization is provided for katakana up to Lesson 10. In addition to hiragana and katakana, students will learn to write a few kanji.

After completing this volume, students will be able to communicate successfully at a very basic level both orally and in writing.

The introduction explains how the series meets ACTFL National Content Standards and expectations for the AP* Japanese Language and Culture Exam. The textbook also includes expanded cultural notes.

*AP is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

Specs

Publisher: 
Cheng & Tsui Company
Publication Date: 
2007
Trim Size: 
8.5 x 11
Format: 
Hardcover
Pages: 
408pp
Illustrations: 
B/W Illustrations
Table of Contents

Adventures in Japanese 1: Textbook

Foreword by Professor Seiichi Makino

Japanese Writing System/Hirigana

Hirigana

1

Lesson 1

How do you do?

5

Lesson 2

Japanese Classroom

33

Lesson 3

Family

51

Lesson 4

Everyday

73

Lesson 5

Hobbies

97

Lesson 6

Characteristics

115

Lesson 7

Saturday

135

Lesson 8

Review

161

Japanese Writing System/Katakana

Katakana

175

Lesson 9

Yesterday

181

Lesson 10

School

193

Lesson 11

Subjects

215

Lesson 12

Sickness

239

Lesson 13

Shopping

259

Lesson 14

Lunch Time

289

Lesson 15

Birthday Party

311

Lesson 16

Review

337

Japanese-English Word List

 

359

English-Japanese Word List

 

383

 

About the Series

This user-friendly and comprehensive series combines cultural activities with beginning-to-advanced language learning instruction that emphasizes proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Widely adopted across the nation, Adventures in Japanese is used in school systems from New York City to Honolulu, from Boston to Anchorage. Volume 1 gently but thoroughly introduces hiragana and katakana in order to acclimate students to the Japanese writing system. By the end of Volume 4, students will have learned 340 kanji. Culturally related activities and topics—from making onigiri (riceballs) to learning Japanese songs to understanding Japan’s educational system—enrich students’ learning while preparing them for the AP* Japanese exam. The flexibility of this series allows for endless activities and projects to be built around the lessons, and aids teachers in integrating the National Standards for Foreign Language Education’s “5Cs”: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.

The Adventures in Japanese series stresses cultural comparison. Students are constantly exposed to Japanese customs and encouraged to compare Japanese culture with their own. A “Japanese Culture Corner” presents culture through a series of projects and activities that students can research and share with classmates. The “Fun Corner” adds to this element of cultural education with Japanese crafts and games like origami, making mochi, and karuta.

Volume 1

In Volume 1, students learn to talk about themselves (family, daily routines, school, inviting a friend over, etc.). The vocabulary allows beginners to immediately engage in basic conversation. Hiragana and katakana are introduced gradually, so students feel comfortable with the characters. Seventeen basic kanji are also introduced.

Volume 2

In Volume 2, students expand their horizons by learning to express themselves in a Japanese-speaking community. Romanization is no longer used, and at the completion of this level, students will have learned a total of 113 kanji. A useful list of previously introduced vocabulary and grammatical structures is included at the end of each lesson.

Volume 3

In Volume 3, students learn about Japan through the eyes of Ken, who spends a year studying in Japan and living with a host family. By the end of Volume 3, students will have learned a total of 219 kanji.

Volume 4

In Volume 4, the focus is on “the Japanese soul”: the social and cultural forces that influence the ways of the Japanese. Students examine such wide-ranging topics as keigo (honorifics), the World War II experience (for Japanese in Japan and Japanese-Americans in the U.S.), and the cultural art of the tea ceremony.

Series Dictionary

The Adventures in Japanese Dictionary contains Japanese-English and English-Japanese listings, a kanji list, a verb list by conjugation group, adjective lists, and adverb lists. Available independently for users of the second edition of Adventures in Japanese, it covers Volumes 1 through Volume 4 in the series (third edition textbooks include a cumulative glossary in the textbook itself or a separate dictionary packaged in).

For online study resources, discussion forums, and more, check out the Companion Website for Adventures in Japanese!

*AP is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.