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[Self-paced] Quest for Japanese Fluency 1


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A value of $1500 with year-long teacher support and feedback!


By enrolling in this course, parent/guardian acknowledges the information outlined in the Waiver tab below.

The subscription for this online course is valid for twelve months. Internet access is necessary to use this product.


Overview of Quest for Japanese Fluency 1 self-paced course


Quest for Japanese Fluency 1 is a unique Japanese online course that introduces Japanese 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.

The Quest for Japanese Fluency self-paced course is for motivated students who prefer to move at their own pace through the material. Even though the course is not taught explicitly in a class-format, an instructor is available to answer questions via chatting. If the student has a question about the sentence structure, writing, pronunciation, etc. the student can message within the course to ask questions at any time. Students are expected to ask pin-pointed questions about the Japanese lesson in the messages. Questions are usually answered within one business day from receipt.

All of online activities in the online course are required for it to be considered complete. The authors manually grade the handwritten worksheets and projects. The content of this course is the equivalent one studying Japanese for one school year at the secondary level.

At the end of the course, successful students will receive a Certification of Completion.

Prep for AP® Japanese or University Placement Testing

In addition to learning Japanese for personal enjoyment, both levels of Quest for Japanese Fluency create a solid foundation for students who are preparing to take the Advanced Placement ® (AP® ) Japanese Test in high school or a university placement test. The two courses combined are approximately the same as two semesters at a university. The six theme-based units which correlate with the six themes suggested by the College Board for Advanced Placement ® (AP® ) World Language and Culture courses.


Self-paced Online Course Schedule

Suggested pace for 12 months:

Month 1

  • Orientation Video
  • Getting Started
  • Reference charts: Memorize all hiragana

Month 2

  • Unit 1 My Family: Communicate and Comprehend

Month 3

  • Unit 2 My Week: Communicate and Comprehend Part 1

Month 4

  • Unit 2 My Week: Communicate and Comprehend Part 2
  • Unit 2 My Week: Create

Month 5

  • Unit 3 My Interests: Communicate and Comprehend Part 1

Month 6

  • Unit 3 My Interests: Communicate and Comprehend Part 2
  • Unit 3 My Interests: Create

Month 7

  • Unit 4 My Day Off: Communicate and Comprehend Part 1
  • Reference charts: Memorize all katakana

Month 8

  • Unit 4 My Day Off: Communicate and Comprehend Part 2
  • Unit 4 My Day Off: Create

Month 9

  • Unit 5 My Own Beauty: Communicate and Comprehend Part 1

Month 10

  • Unit 5 My Own Beauty: Communicate and Comprehend Part 2
  • Unit 5 My Own Beauty: Create

Month 11

  • Unit 6 My Friends: Communicate and Comprehend Part 1

Month 12

  • Unit 6 My Friends: Communicate and Comprehend Part 2
  • Unit 6 My Friends: Create
  • Evaluation


Features of this Course

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

The Cool Stuff

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: 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.

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.

The Usual Stuff

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

Reference Charts
  1. Hiragana Charts
    • Basic 46 Hiragana & Practice
    • Hiragana Voiced Sounds
    • Hiragana Slides
  2. Katakana Charts
    • Basic 46 Katakana & Practice
    • 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


Waiver Acknowledgement

By enrolling in this course, parent/guardian acknowledges that the course may include sending chat messages to the teacher and possibly other students within the course. Parent/guardian acknowledges that he/she/they is/are responsible for supervising his/her/their child’s participation in this online course. Parent/guardian hereby release and waives all claims and causes of action against Sekai Press LLC, including its agents, arising from or related to his/her/their child’s participation in this course. In addition, by enrolling in this course, students are acknowledging that they will follow the expectations as outlined in the Code of Conduct below. Any inappropriate behavior as deemed by the instructor or Sekai Press LLC may result in removal from the course without a refund. 

Code of Conduct

The student may send a chat message to the instructor and possibly other students within the course. All messages should be polite and written in complete sentences with specific questions about the content of the lesson.


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