Japanese 1 - Lesson 12

Week of 4/27 - 5/1

Welcome to Lesson 12

This week we are working on Lesson 12. If you have not submitted work from lessons 8 - 11 yet, plan to do these items today and submit for grades. We only have 4 weeks left of class.


It is important to finish strong! Key upcoming 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

ATTEND LANGUAGE COACHING TWICE THIS WEEK! Make up any missed sessions too!

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


Tuesday: Lesson 12 Writing Assignment


Wednesday: Lesson 12 Cultural Discussion Post and 2 Response Posts


Thursday: Lesson 12 Speaking Assignment


Friday: Lesson 12 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.

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 April's calendar by clicking the Apr15 tab on the bottom.

End of Course Projects

At this point, everyone should have several parts done on the EOC Project.


Don't forget about your final Linguafolio submission too!


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 be posting items about EOC projects in announcements over the next few weeks too.


がんばりましょう!

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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.

Mad Skillz!

This week we’re talking about expressing that there are things we are good at doing, and maybe not so good at doing. In Japanese, you can use the words じょうず (skillful) or とくい (strong) to express that people are good at doing things.


Be careful not to use じょうず when talking about things *you* are good at doing. This will make you sound boastful or arrogant! It’s better to use とくい when talking about things you are good at doing.


Here are some examples:


せんせい は りくじょ が じょうず です。


The teacher is skillful at track.


ダンス が ときい です。


I am strong at dancing.


Again, remember to use ときい when talking about things *you* yourself are good at doing.


For the things that you or people you know are not so good at doing, you can use へた (unskillful) or にがて (weak.)


さくらさん は スポーツ が へた です。


Sakura is unskillful at sports.


だいちさん は バスケットボール が にがて です。


Daichi is weak at basketball.

Language Coaching Ninjas

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


Andrew A., Celeste B., Michael B., Miranda G., Samuel K., India K., Stephen N., Nathan P., Lily S., Christine W.


すばらしいです。ありがとうございます!


Rock on ninjas! がんばってください!

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.


Contact me this week if you need help with anything!


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.