Quest for Japanese Fluency 2 builds upon level 1 as 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.
In level 2, each of the 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.
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 communication, Comprehend for interpretive, and Create for presentational.
- 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
Before main units, there is a section titled Reference Charts with hiragana and katakana charts for reference, but it is expected that the student can read and write all of these characters before starting level 2.
Kanji are introduced starting in the introductory unit of Level 1. In level 1, 3-6 kanji are introduced per level. The number of kanji increases to 10-12 per unit in level 2. 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. The same as for hiragana and katakana, a kanji worksheet is provided as a downloadable pdf. Students will watch the videos to complete the information on the worksheet. 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 of subsequent units to enforce retention.
Quest for Japanese Fluency 2 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. Quest for Japanese Fluency 1 is a prerequisite for this course.
The Teacher-led Courses are taught by professional teachers. The course runs for twelve weeks meeting online twice times a week. The content of this course is the equivalent of studying Japanese for one school year at the high school level.
At the end of the course, successful students will receive a Certification of Completion.
AP® Japanese & Unit Themes:
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. Both levels of Quest for Japanese Fluency create a solid foundation for students to prepare for AP®. The unit themes are relevant to pre-college students’ lives while introducing Japanese culture.
Access to Course Materials:
You will receive access to the course two days before the course starts. You will continue to have access for one more month after the course ends. During this time, you will be able to review the materials and download any notes that you took in the note-taking app within the course.
Features of this Course
Quest for Japanese Fluency 1 & 2 have 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.
By enrolling in this course, parent/guardian acknowledges that the course may include chatting and virtual breakout sessions, some of which may include only student participants interacting without course instructors’ continuous monitoring. 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
- Students are expected to arrive on time and stay for the entire class. If you cannot attend the class, please notify your instructor immediately.
- Students are expected to have their cameras on with a virtual background during class time. If you need assistance with adding a background to your account, please discuss this with your instructor.
- Students will have their mics turned off unless they are asked to speak or have been called on for a question. If you are unable to use your mic for a class, please inform the teacher immediately.
- If a student has a question outside of class time, the student may send a chat message to the instructor within the course. All messages should be polite and written in complete sentences with specific questions about the content of the lesson.
- In most classes, students will engage in speaking practice random partners in breakout sessions within the online meeting. While in the breakout sessions, the students will practice in a timely fashion without unnecessary discussion. All students will be polite, encouraging and supportive of each other during the breakout sessions. Any inappropriate behavior should be reported to the instructor immediately.