Japanese 1 - Lesson 13

Week of 5/4 - 5/7

Submit ALL Missing Assignments ASAP

To view your missing assignments: Open the Japanese 1 course in BlackBoard and click on the My Grades tab (on the left hand navigational toolbar) and see if you have any assignments marked with a 0 or no submission. If you see any, make a note of what you're missing and submit it today. If you are missing several, submit as many as you can today and plan to have the rest submitted by the end of this week to avoid late points!


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NCVPS offers a FREE peer tutoring center for all students of Japanese 1 to receive some extra help or practice with the course material. Click the button above to access it and log in with your NCVPS ID and password.

Key Upcoming Course Due Dates:

5/11: Complete Linguafolio Project Due

5/13: Entire End of Course Project Due

5/14: Final Exam Opens

5/20: Last day to submit final exam

5/22: Last day to submit any assignments

5/23: Last day to log in/view grades


What's Due This Week?

The assignments listed below are deliverable items to be submitted by the end of the day they are due.

Every Day: End of Course Project

Monday: All outstanding items from prior lessons. (Did you submit Module 4 Linguafolio yet? Do this today if you have not.)

Tuesday: Lesson 13 Writing Assignment

Wednesday: Lesson 13 Cultural Discussion Post and 2 Response Posts

Thursday: Lesson 13 Speaking Assignment

Friday: Lesson 13 Quiz

Remember to attend BOTH of your scheduled language coaching sessions this week. If you need to make up any missed coaching sessions please do so this week. You can make up a missed coaching session any time Japanese 1 coaching is offered.

Language Coaching Ninjas

All students below attended at least 2 language coaching sessions last week:

Andrew A., Miranda G., Jake G., Shadow M., Stephen N., Nathan P., Katie S., Lily S., Christine W.

******Extra special shout out to Adriana D. who attended 4 sessions last week to help with make ups! Way to go Adriana! Great way to help boost your grade! :D******


Rock on ninjas! がんばってください!

End of Course Projects

Module 1- 4 Linguafolio assignments should already be submitted! Remember to make your final Linguafolio submission on or before Monday, May 11th.

It's important to make steady progress on this assignment as it is a large part of your grade and should not be left until the last minute. A good grade on the EOC project is crucial to success in Japanese 1. Keep working consistently on your project and you will do well!

There are two parts of the EOC Project. Part 1 is a power point presentation where you will use course material to talk about yourself in Japanese. This consists of 16 slides. You can create slides 1-11 from what you learned in previous lessons.

Part 2 is a Japan Travel Brochure in English. You can complete this at any time.

Remember that you will have to site your sources for this project. Details are listed on the assignment page, but if you need help with this part of the assignment, please contact me. Now is the time to ask questions!

The link to the End of Course Projects instructions is in blackboard on the left hand navigational toolbar under the End of Course Projects link.

Go back through your old announcements and look for videos and tips on your EOC projects. I will keep posting items about EOC projects in announcements over the next few weeks too.


Japanese 1 Due Date Calendar

Click the button above to access the due date calendar. This lists all assignments and what you should be working on each week in the course. You can access May's calendar by clicking the May15 tab on the bottom.

Extending Invitations!

Summer is almost here!! I love summer because it's a great time to hang out and relax and do fun activities with friends and family.

We can learn how to invite people to do things in Japanese using verb endings like ~ませんか, ~ましょう and ~ましょうか Let’s look at how these work:

~ませんか is used to ask “won’t you…(do something)?” So to ask someone “Won’t you go to the movies?” you can use this:

えいが に いきませんか。

If we take か out of this sentence, we’d have えいが に いきません。 It would mean “I won’t go to the movies.” The ~ませんか ending without か is simply the PRESENT/FUTURE NEGATIVE tense. So by asking a question using ~ませんか we’re asking “won’t you (do something)” in the future.

~ましょう is used to say “Let’s… (do something.) Unlike ~ませんか and ~ましょうか which are used to *ask* people if they’d do things, using ~ましょう is more like making a request, suggestion or command.

So if someone says: すし を たべましょう。 they’re saying "Let’s eat sushi.” No one is really asking a question here, they’re simply suggesting/requesting to eat sushi with them.

Finally, ~しましょうか can be used to say “Shall we… (do something.)” If someone says: テレビゲーム を しましょうか。 they’re saying “Shall we play video games?” So here we’re back to asking someone to do something.

Boutin Sensei's Tips for Success

Looking to improve your grade in Japanese 1, or keep your grade high? Here are some tips for success in Japanese 1:

  • Log in and read your announcements daily. Announcements are posted daily with important information on which assignments are due each day and supplemental instructional material to help you with your assignments. Log in every day during the school week and read your announcements

  • Attend at least 2 language coaching sessions each week. Language coaching attendance and active participation accounts for 20% of your grade. You are required to attend at least 2 language coaching sessions each week. If you miss a session, you are expected to make it up. You can make up missed sessions any time Japanese 1 coaching is offered with any coach. The schedule is posted under the My Coach tab in Blackboard.

  • Submit assignments on their due date. Assignments should be submitted on the day they are due. I recommend printing out a copy of the Due Date Calendar and posting it somewhere you see it each day.

  • Spend at least 90 minutes each day during the school week on Japanese. NCVPS expects that students will spend an average of 90 minutes each day doing something related to the class. Invest the time you need to invest into the course by attending coaching, studying grammar, vocabulary and hiragana and completing your assigned work.

  • Submit any missing assignments. If you have not submitted any assignments from lessons 8 or 9, please go back and submit them this week for a grade. 0s really hurt your grade!

  • Ask questions if you do not understand something or need help. I am available to answer your questions! See the contact info below for ways to reach out to me if you need help. Your coach can also help explain your lesson material or clarify things related to assignments. The Peer Tutoring Center is also a great FREE resource for any student seeking extra help or extra practice with Japanese.

Contact Boutin Sensei

Office Hours: 6:30 - 8:30PM Tuesdays and Thursdays.

I am around for help with EOC projects!!

I can be reached through any of the contacts below. During the school week I respond to all messages within 24 hours, often much sooner.