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Japanese 7-8 Honors (HP) (2177, 2178)

Grade Range:
 Japanese 5-6 with a grade of C or higher; recommendation of teacher
 Course duration:
 One year
Subject area in which graduation credit will be given:
 World Language; weighted
 UC subject area satisfied:
 e - Language Other than English
Course Description:
 Japanese 7-8 Honors is a highly rigorous course designed for students who have successfully completed Japanese 5-6 and wish to continue their language studies with the goals of:
  • Passing the SAT II: Foreign Language Examination subject test in Japanese with a score of 600 or higher
  • Studying Japanese language and literature at an advanced level

This college-level course requires extensive reading of literature and academic writing beyond what would be expected in the standard Japanese 7-8 course. This accelerated program is both contextually rich and cognitively demanding. The course uses a communicative approach that provides opportunities for students to use the second language appropriately in a range of authentic social and academic contexts and for a variety of purposes. There is an emphasis on research and academically challenging oral projects. Through the study of a variety of texts selected for this course, students will develop critical thinking skills and enhance their cultural perspectives of diverse peoples around the world.

Basic Texts and Teaching Guides:
 Tohsaku, YooKoso! Volume II, Continuing with Contemporary Japanese, Glencoe McGraw-Hill, 2006.