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Quest for Japanese Fluency 1: Unit 5 My Fashion


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Quest for Japanese Fluency 1 is a unique online Japanese course that introduces culture as a foundation to studying the Japanese language for pre-college students. The manga-style illustrations depict a group of students from around the world who are studying at a high school in Japan.

There are six theme-based units which correlate with the six themes suggested by the College Board for Advanced Placement ® (AP® ) World Language and Culture courses. They are used in each level to start preparing students for AP® from level 1. In addition to the full course, individual units are also available for purchase.

Time Frame

In level 1, the introductory unit Getting Started and Unit 1 My Family are designed to be completed in three weeks each, while learning hiragana and classroom procedures. All of the other units are designed to take approximately six weeks each.  In the classroom or individually with consistent practice, the learner could complete the online Japanese course in about nine months.

Teachers are purchase the whole course or just certain units for classroom use. 

Unit Sections

Each unit of this online Japanese course is divided into four sections. The unit objectives are based on the three modes of communication as presented in the Performance Descriptors designed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. In this course, the three types of communication are labeled as Communicate for interpersonal communicationComprehend for interpretive, and Create for presentational.

Overview Includes:

    • Essential Question
    • Unit Objectives
    • Making Connections (think-pair-share activity)
    • Kanji Lists
    • Vocabulary Lists
    • English Translations of the dialogues
    • Downloadable Worksheets for Kanji and Grammar

Communicate and Comprehend Part 1 & Part 2 each include:

  • 3 lessons which feature:
      • lesson objectives
      • cultural point
      • animated videos of kanji
      • vocabulary flash cards
      • short, natural dialogues
      • concise grammar notes with examples
      • exit tickets
  • 2 two activity lessons:
      • interactive vocabulary activities
      • listening with comprehension questions
  • Students learn vocabulary and grammar points through , while engaging with cultural information related to the unit topic. In the dialogues, grammar points are indicated in orange font, while words or phrases to be replaced for the practice are underlined


  • 1 Reading Comprehension covering entire unit
  • 2 Projects for students to “show what they know” through presentations in both written and spoken formats

Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji

The section titled Reference Charts has hiragana and katakana charts, animated videos and downloadable worksheets.

The kana are in a separate section, so the teacher can have flexibility when and how to introduce them. The authors recommend introducing hiragana during the Getting Started and Unit 1. In these two units, the lessons are presented in both Romanization and hiragana to support the students while they are learning hiragana, but the Romanized version is not available from Unit 2. Katakana is expected to be studied during Unit 4 but could be introduced earlier in the course. From Unit 5, no furigana is given for katakana.

In this online Japanese course, kanji are introduced starting in the introductory unit of Level 1. Students study kanji that are relevant to the unit topics and see them throughout the unit.  Videos of how to write each kanji are available in the lesson they are first introduced. In the lessons, a kanji bank is given for the ones that appear in the dialogues of that unit. However, the kanji no longer appears in the kanji banks after that unit to reinforce retention.

Cool Features

Features of this Course

Quest for Japanese Fluency 1 has all the usual features expected in a classroom textbook or online courses. But we also have more than that! We have really cool features.

The Cool Features

Note-taking: Every page has a note-taking box. The notes are saved automatically and downloadable.

Audio: Audio for each conversation and listening exercise is embedded in the textbook for practice anytime.

Video: Embedded animated videos of hiragana and katakana show stroke order and readings. The kanji videos include on-yomi, kun-yomi, meanings and sample phrase or word.

Writing practice: No more lost worksheets! Worksheets for hiragana, katakana, kanji and grammar are included as a PDF for student downloading.

Vocabulary flash cards & activities: Flash cards are built into the lesson page. So, you don’t have to make your own or go to a different application to practice.  In addition, there are a variety of interactive vocabulary exercises for each unit. 

Support for reading: Hiragana is used throughout the textbook with reading supports to encourage students to learn the scripts quickly. Kanji are introduced from the beginning to provide a solid foundation for AP® exam.

Unit Projects:  Ready-to-use projects with instructions and examples in the lesson.

Exit Tickets: Exit Tickets for lessons and Comprehension Questions for listening and reading activities are ready to go! No need to create and input your quiz questions. The score is automatically entered into the grade book. 

Grade Book: The grade book is ready for teachers to use with all of the assignments and exit tickets linked. Teachers can change the weight of assignments to fit their school’s requirements. If needed, grade reports can be downloaded to enter the scores into a different LMS. Students are also able to see their own progress in the course as it is completed. 

Inclusiveness: This series include people from around the world with different abilities and interests. 


The Usual Features

ACTFL World Language Standards: The 5 Cs are marked in the course with representative icons.

  • Culture: Engaging topics bring the Japanese culture alive.
  • Communication: Natural Japanese from real-life experiences.
  • Connections: Learners make connections with other subjects, including history, fine arts, math, and science.
  • Comparisons: The international student-characters compare their own culture with Japan’s.
  • Communities: Projects provide opportunities for the learners to present information in a variety of communities within and outside of the classroom.

21st century skills: Learners engage in projects incorporating computer skills, research and presentations giving them ample opportunity to practice and show their knowledge.

Table of Contents

The units highlighted in purple are the ones available with this purchase. 


Reference Charts
  1. Hiragana Charts 
    • Basic 46 Hiragana 
    • Hiragana Voiced Sounds
    • Hiragana Slides
  2. Katakana Charts 
    • Basic 46 Katakana
    • Katakana Voiced Sounds
    • Katakana Slides
Introductory Unit: Getting Started
  • New Kanji: 一、二、三、四、五、六
  • Understanding the Three Scripts
  • In the Classroom 
  1. Greetings at different times of the day
  2. Introducing Yourself
    • Particle は /wa/ (topic marker)
    • Non-past positive copula verb です with nouns
  3. Asking About Grade Level (‘yes’)
    • Sentence-final particle か /ka/
    • Counter ~ねんせい /ne-n-se-e/
  4. Asking About Grade Level (‘no’)
    • Non-past negative copula verb
    • Replying negatively to a question  
Unit 1 My Family
  • AP Theme: Families in Different Societies 
  • Essential Question: How is the “family” defined in Japan? 
  • New Kanji: 私、何、人、母、父
  1. Asking How Many People in a Family
    • Question word なん /na-n/ with a counter
    • Counter にん /ni-n/
  2. Asking Someone’s Name
    • Particle の /no/ between nouns
    • Honorific prefix お /o/
    • WH questions
  3. Asking Someone’s Age
    • Counter さい/sa-i/
    • Numbers 0-99
    • Particle も /mo/
Unit 2 My Week
  • AP Theme: Factors that Impact Quality of Life  
  • Essential Question: What is the “typical lifestyle” of a Japanese student?
  • New Kanji: 時、七、八、九、十、半、行、来
  1. Asking for the Time
    • Counter じ
  2. Discussing What Time You Go to Bed and Wake Up
    • Particle に (at, on)
    • Non-past positive verbs ~ます
  3. Discussing What Time You Go to School and Return Home
    • Particle に (to)
  4. Discussing what items you bring to school
    • Particle と (and)
    • Particle を
  5. Discussing after school activities
    • Noun + ‘to do’ verb します
    • Particle も to indicate ‘also’, ‘too”
  6. Discussing evening activities
    • Non-past negative verbs ません
Unit 3 My Interests
  • AP Theme: Influence of Language and Culture on Identity  
  • Essential Question: How is “individuality” defined in Japan?
  • New Kanji: 部、楽、好、大、本、食、飲
  1. Asking About Club Activities
    • こそあど words (this, that, that over there, which)
  2. Describing Sports Club Activities
    • Non-past positive adjectives
    • Question word どう (how)
  3. Discussing cultural club activities
    • Non-past negative い and な adjective
  4. Stating Music You Like or Don’t Like
    • Non-past positive and negative adjective “like”
  5. Describing Types of Movies You Like
    • Adjectives as noun modifiers
    • Particle は for contrast
  6. Stating Various Types of Things You Like
    • Question word どんな
    • Particle や (list examples of things)
Unit 4 My Day Trip
  • AP Theme: How Science and Technology Affects our Lives  
  • Essential Question: What technology is used in daily travel in Japan?
  • New Kanji: 日、月、火、水、木、金、土、百、千、円、万
  1. Accepting and Declining an Invitations
    • Particle へ (to)
    • Extending an invitation using 〜ませんか
  2. Discussing Transportation for a Day Trip
    • Particle まで (to)  
    • Particle で (by)
  3. Stating the Location of Someone or Something
    • Counter かい (floor)
    • Existence verbs います and あります
  4. Asking the Price of a Train Ticket
    • Counter えん (yen)
    • Large numbers
  5. Explaining How to Use a Ticket Machine
    • Sequencing words まず (first), つぎに(next), そして(and)
  6. Buying Souvenirs using an IC card
    • Phrase 〜をください (please give me)
    • Particle で (with, by, in)
Unit 5 My Style
  • AP Theme: Influence of Beauty and Art
  • Essential Question: Where do images of ideal beauty come from?
  • New Kanji: 系、着、目、口、小、代、美、長
  1. Discussing Japanese Fashion Style
    • Particle よ (you know)
    • Sentence-final particleね  (right?/isn’t it?)
  2. Discussing Clothing Choices
    • “To wear” verbs
  3. Discussing How Often Certain Clothing is Worn
    • Frequency adverb いつも・たいてい・よく・ときどき・あまり・ぜんぜん
  4. Describing Facial Features 
    • Sentence Pattern 〜は〜が〜です
  5. Describing Beauty in the Heian Era (794-1185)
    • Past positive い adjectives
  6. Describing Beauty in the Edo Era (1603-1868)
    • Past negative い adjectives
Unit 6: My Friendships
  • AP Theme: Environmental, Political, Social Challenges
  • Essential Question: How do individuals understand other cultures?
  • New Kanji: 中、国、語、話、友、見
    1. Stating Nationality and Language
      • Suffix 人 (nationality)
      • Suffix 語 (language)
    2. Discussing When and From Where Someone Came
      • Past positive Verbs 〜ました
      • Question words いつ and どこ
    3. Discussing Languages that Were (Not) Spoken
      • Particle で (‘at’ a place of action and event)
      • Past negative verbs  〜ませんでした:
    4. Discussing Summer Vacation
      • Particle と (with)
    5. Discussing Cuisine at a Friend’s Home
      • Past positive and negative copula verb with nouns でした・じゃなかったです
    6. Discussing Photos from a Past Vacation
      • Past positive and negative な adjectives


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