Welcome to Japanese 2!

Section 3 - Week 1 - Orientation & Lesson 1

Class begins on January 19th! Read everything below, sign up for coaching, and schedule your welcome call!


はじめまして。ビーバーせんせいです。 にほんごのクラスにようこそ!


You are receiving this e-mail because you (or your student) have been enrolled in Japanese 2, Section 6 for Spring 2016. Class starts on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016.

Go to https://ncvps.blackboard.com/ to log in to your course. Please take some time over the next few days before class officially starts to log in, look at the Orientation and other links on the left hand side, and begin to get comfortable with your new online classroom.

If you already have your blackboard log in information you can log in to your course. If you do not have your blackboard log in yet, you should receive this from your eLA or the person at the school who enrolled you in this course this week.

If you do not receive your log in info by Tuesday, January 19th, please message me ASAP so I can provide you with your log in info.


Are you ready for an exciting semester of Japanese?

In this course, you will further develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in Japanese. You will practice communicating with each other, your coach, and me, your teacher!

Throughout the semester, you will have an assignment and/or a quiz due EVERY DAY for this class (Mon through Fri).

You will learn about Japanese culture in this course will be addressed through a series of videos, culture notes, and discussions that you will participate in.

There are no exams for this class. However, you will have two weekly quizzes. In this course you will only have 1 attempt on your quizzes so you must prepare for them by completing the lesson assignments and attending coaching.

You will complete a mid-term project and a final project demonstrating your ability to communicate in Japanese using the language you have learned in this course and of course, Japanese 1. Remember, language builds on itself.

Please keep in mind that although this is an online course, it is not self-paced. That means we have due dates and deadlines for assignments, just like any other class!

Due Date Calendar for Japanese 2!

Click the button to go to our Due Date Calendar! You can bookmark it or add it to your favorites. Even better: Print it out!!

Here's what's due this week:

Assignments are due by the end of the day on the day they are posted!

This is a shortened week due to the holiday on Monday, so there's a lot of stuff to get done, but I am confident you can do it! がんばってね

かようび Tuesday:

  • Student Information Survey (see above!)
  • Sign up for Language Coaching (see below!)
  • Review the Orientation (or, complete it if this is your first time taking an NCVPS class)
  • M1. L1. How do you Learn?
  • M1. L1. Getting Acquainted

すいようび Wednesday:

  • 1.6 Writing
  • 1.2 Vocabulary
  • 1.3 Speaking (STEP 1)

もくようび Thursday:

  • 1.3 Speaking (STEPS 2 & 3)
  • 1.4 Culture Discussion

きんようび Friday:

  • Lesson 1 Vocabulary Quiz
  • Lesson 1 Grammar Quiz
  • Academic Integrity Quiz
Schedule your Welcome Call!


Some things to get you started in the course:

Here are some things to get you started. Find each one of these links on the left hand side of your course!


  • If this is your first time taking an NCVPS course, or you need a refresher on how to do things, please review the 8 folders in the Orientation section.

Course Modules
  • This is where all of your lessons are located. Each Module contains lessons. We have a total of 15 lessons in Japanese 2.
  • Each lesson contains a video, the culture notes, your grammar notes, vocabulary list, and all of the assignments you need to complete every week.

先生 My Teacher
  • First, go here and get acquainted with me, your instructor.
  • Please take note of my contact information and office hours!

文字 Characters

  • Here you can find information on the different characters we will be using in this class and how to type with them as well as study resources.

Course Projects

  • Go ahead and take a look at the projects you'll need to complete for this class and when they will be due!
Need help getting TYPING in にほんご?

In Japanese 2 you will need to type in Japanese. Quizzes and other assignments submitted in Romaji will be given no credit. The site linked above has guides for installing the Japanese IME on both Windows and Mac.

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What is Language Coaching?

Language coaching is a graded assignment where you and a group of classmates will meet with a person called your "Language Coach" twice a week, for 45 minutes each session. This is in addition to your regular assignments for the week.

You will be graded on your participation and attendance in each session. Don't worry about getting everything right - coaching is your place to practice, make mistakes, and learn from them!

In the session, you will practice the grammar and vocabulary you are learning in each week's lesson. It is your opportunity to practice SPEAKING Japanese with a honest-to-goodness Japanese speaker! Funtimes!

Coaching will start the third week of the course, on February 2nd! It is considered an assignment that you need to do each week in addition to your other assignments!

Sign up for a time with your language coach by logging in and going to the "コーチ my coach" section of the course. OR by using the handy form below!

Remember: Language coaching is worth 20% of your grade!


Beaver Sensei's Office Hours and Contact Information

If you need to contact me, the best times are during my office hours. You will be able to find me on Blackboard IM during these times. You can also call or text me!

  • Mon: 7:00-9:00 PM
  • Tues: 1-4:00 PM
  • Wed: 1-4:00 PM
  • Thur: 1-4:00 PM
  • Fri: 1-3:00pm

On weekends: the best ways to ask questions is via e-mail, text message, or Twitter @BeaverSensei

Wanna learn more about Beaver sensei? Go to the せんせい My Teacher page in the course, and read on!

Need to review your ひらがな and カタカナ?

Click here to go to Real Kana.com! It's a great resource if you need some review! You'll need to know ALL of the hiragana and katakana by heart for Japanese 2!

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Say Konnichiwa to Japanese!

Check out the video below ^__^

(at the end, there's a promotion for another video by this user... only need to watch until 1:15!)

"Konnichiwa" and "Sayonara" in Japan