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Organized by topic, each chapter begins with a list of learning and performance goals; lessons feature a variety of unique and exciting segments, including a manga storyline that unfolds as learners advance. This story follows the story of Kiara, an American exchange student who lives in Japan. With the help of her Japanese friends and the time-traveling Tomo Tanuki (raccoon dog), Kiara learns to speak, read, and write Japanese while she visits famous people and places in Japanese history.
Lessons also feature step-by-step writing instruction, dialogue and translation exercises (including e-mail translations!), class-interactive activities, "culture chest" notes, and journal entries that include a mix of Japanese and English words. A "Passport Stamp" activity and new word checklist conclude each chapter.
A free online web component features downloadable chapters, flashcards, practice sheets, updated glossaries, a Hiragana practice book, and a Katakana practice book. The included CD-ROM provides audio and visual files that accompany the text. A Beginning Japanese workbook (currently not available at Christianbook.com) may also be purchased for additional exercises.
The first level in a three-part series, the entire series will take learners from the beginning level through AP exam competency levels. Japanese-English and English-Japanese glossary included. 384 pages, hardcover with CD-ROM. High School grades and above.
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Tuttle Publishing
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 11.00 X 8.50 (inches)|
Start speaking, reading and writing Japanese today with the most exciting new introduction to the Japanese language! Beginning Japanese follows the story of Kiara, an American exchange student who lives in Japan and loves to study Japanese. With the help of her Japanese friends and the time-traveling Tomo Tanuki (raccoon dog), Kiara learns to speak, read, and write Japanese while she visits famous people and places in Japanese history.
Illustrated with manga-style comics—a fun way to learn Japanese and written by experienced high-school Japanese teachers, this Japanese textbook will show you how to pronounce Japanese; read and write hiragana, katakana, and 125 basic kanji; and understand conversational Japanese.
Key features of this program:
- An engaging storyline—including a time–travel adventure—unfolds as learners advance, adding motivation to master the language.
- Authentic written, visual, and oral materials embedded naturally throughout.
- Kanji is taught beginning with Chapter 1—and together with current vocabulary rather than separately. (At the end of Vol. 1 you'll know 148 kanji).
- Technology is used extensively for authentic tasks.
- A dedicated website provides additional content and updates.
- Content is aligned with the ACTFL National Standards.
- Native Japanese language speakers.
- Pronunciation guides.
- Accompanying dialogues.
- New word lists.
- Fun songs.
- Listening activities and tests.
- Extensive printable exercises.
- Online games and activities.
- Additional information and updates.
- Downloadable Hiragana Practice Book, Katakana Practice Book, kana practice sheets.
- Downloadable kanji and kana flash cards.
Lisa Berkson was honored by the Association of Indiana Teachers of Japanese as the language teacher of the year in 2007. She currently teaches Japanese and Chinese language classes at Dobson High School in Mesa, AZ.
Nathan Patton teaches Japanese language at Scott County High School in Georgetown, KY where he serves as Chair of the World Language Department.
Nobuko Patton has taught Japanese at the University of Kentucky, Georgetown College and Jessie Clark Middle School in Lexington, KY. She lives in Kentucky.
"Last year, I discovered the Beginning and Intermediate Japanese series by Kluemper. I changed textbooks immediately after experimenting with it for a week." —Kyler Jackson, Japanese Teacher, Thomas Jefferson High School
"It provides web–based and supplementary audio resources in addition to the textbook, which progressively give students more exposure to language a little beyond their expected level of attainment, and which immerse students in culturally authentic contexts." —Geoff Biesinger, AATJ Journal