DP Year 1 Japanese SL

DP Year 1
Japanese SL
Yoshiko Tsukamoto
[email protected]
(808) 261-0707 x 2240
The IB Japanese course is a two year program where the students will be given
opportunities to apply the knowledge that they have acquired to address contemporary global
issues in Japanese. They will engage one another in debating issues which will help them to
develop their critical thinking skills. They will read passages relating to the topics listed below
and practice writing essays using the appropriate structures and rhetorical devices, while
building up their knowledge of Chinese characters.
The core topics covered during this program are in the following three areas: Social
relationships, Communication and Media, and Global issues. The course will focus on two
additional topics: Leisure and Customs, and Traditions. Students will develop their
communication skills more effectively by using the three interrelated components of
communication: language, cultural interaction, and message. Throughout the course, the
students will continue to expand their vocabulary, to acquire appropriate new grammatical
structures, to learn idiomatic expressions, and to read authentic materials. By the end of the
second year of the course, the students will have mastered the 400 most commonly used kanji
and be able to recognize several more related to the topics that they are studying.
The course will culminate in May of their second year of study with the students taking
the IB Language B Standard Level examination in Japanese. This examination will include an
oral component and a written paper which will test their reading comprehension skills and their
ability to write an essay in Japanese.
2014 – 2015 Scope and Sequence
All Dates are projected and may be subject to change.
Unit 1: Leisure「余暇・レジャー」(Option)
(9 weeks)
Aspect 1: traveling
Aspect 2: social interactions through leisure
Dates: August-Mid October
• travel destination; tourism; local favorites; characteristics
• language functions: describing/exchanging feelings, opinions and wishes about self and
others; exchanging information about leisure; describe holiday and holiday plans;
making purchases; asking for advice/availability and payment; make travel
arrangement, inquiries and reservations
• [International connections will be made by comparing these aspects of a Japanese life
style with the life style in the students’ home country.]
• [Theory of Knowledge: Cultural differences impact our ability to relate effectively with
one another.]
Unit Question: How does travel help us to become more open minded?
Summative Assessment Tasks:
• Reading comprehension (Receptive Skills)
Written productive: あなたは冬休みに学校の友達といっしょに旅行に行きました。
学校新聞の記事を書いてください。(a newspaper article about your recent
Individual Oral: Based on a provided photo of the Shinkansen cleaners, students
have to prepare a 3 minute presentation and answer questions about their
Unit 2: Customs and Traditions「習慣 と伝統」 (Option)
Dates: Mid October-December (8 weeks)
Aspect 1: celebrations, social and religious events
Aspect 2: national costumes
• annual events in Japan; ornaments; influence; customs and traditions; history; for the
sake of; common elements; attire; religion
• language functions: listing states, process and actions; expressing excessiveness;
describing preparatory actions; expressing an attempt to do something
• [International connections will be developed by considering how customs and traditions
have benefited other modern societies. Students are encouraged to be open-minded
when examining the customs and traditions of another culture.]
• [Theory of Knowledge: The role of traditions in modern society]
Unit Question: Why are celebrations important in society?
Summative Assessment Tasks:
• Reading comprehension (Receptive Skills): news paper article
• Written Productive: Essay writing あなたの国では、今年、特別な行事があります。
特別な行事についてもくわしく書いてください。(Encouraging a pen pal to
come and visit you during a festival.)
• Individual Oral: Based on a provided photo of Gion Matsuri with a caption,
students have to prepare a 3 minute presentation.
Unit 3: Social Relationships 「社会関係」 (Core) Dates: January-Mid March (10 weeks)
Aspect 1: Language and Cultural Identity
Aspect 2: Relationships (work and family)
• considering career choices; interaction; employment; wanted ad; interview; contact;
special skill; qualifications; working conditions
• language functions: expressing experiences; expressing things that happened against
one’s will; expressing purposes; using causative passives
• [International mindedness: In each culture there are some occupations that are
perceived as being suited for males and others that are suited for females. In this new
century, we have started to break these rules when it comes to job selections. Students
will compare and contrast these changes in Japan and in U.S.A.]
• [Theory of Knowledge: The concept of gender is an out-dated idea. We are now all just
Unit question: What skills would improve our chances in the job market today?
Summative Assessment Tasks:
• Receptive: Reading comprehension with short answers 「私の将来の計画」
• Written Productive: あなたの将来の計画について書いてください。”What I want
to become”
• Interactive Oral: Role play simulation (Interview by a human resources
representative from Disney)
Unit 4: Communication and Media「コミュニケーションとメディア」 (Core)
Dates: April – May (8 weeks)
Aspect 1: internet
Aspect 2: mail
• social networking (Facebook; LINE; network dating service); Information Era; Smart Era;
• language functions: expressing conditions; expressing alternative actions; expressing
appearance; expressing dates
• [International mindedness: With the advancement of technology, in every culture people
use social network for many purposes. How do different cultures exploit the power of
these new phenomena?]
• [Theory of Knowledge: What is gained and what is lost when we communicate over the
Unit Question: How have social networks influenced our ability to form meaningful
Summative Assessment Tasks:
Reading comprehension (Receptive Skills) : Essay “Ways of Communication:
Now and Then”
Written Assignment (Receptive and Productive Skills): ソーシャルネットワーク
reading three passages about social net working, discuss their content under an
appropriate tile and justify your selected title.)
Interactive Oral: Students will investigate and list social network related issues
and benefits of the internet use. They will answer clarifying questions and
discuss how to deal with social networks.
Office hours in room 409B:
Students are encouraged to use office hours to receive extra learning support. These office
hours may be changed due to scheduled faculty meetings, conferences, or unforeseen
circumstances. Students are encourages to make an appointment ahead of time.
7:10 – 7:40 AM everyday
3:20 – 4:00 Every day (schedule in advance)