すいようび - Wednesday

Final Exam Week Continues

Language Coaching

Remember to attend at least 2 language coaching sessions this week to help you prepare for the final!


Live coaching sessions are being held today and tomorrow only. After that there will be no more opportunities to make up missed coaching sessions for full credit.


Go to the My Grades link today and check your scores to see if you have coaching sessions you need to make up. If you have any to make up, I strongly recommend making them over the next 2 days during the live sessions.


You can attend multiple coaching sessions in a day. However, please do your best to find coaching sessions to attend that are smaller groups. A group of 4 or 5 is a much better group to join than one of 7 or 8!


If a coaching session is too full, coaches may have to turn students away who are making up and they will have to make up with a different coaching session.


You also have the option to listen to an archive recording of a missed coaching session and send me a summary for partial credit. All the details on how to do this are listed on the My Coach link under What To Do If You Miss Coaching.

Sensei's Study Guide for the Final Exam

Check out my study guide to help you prepare for the final by clicking the button above.

Final Exam Now Open

To take your final exam, click on the link that says Final Exam on your left hand navigational toolbar.


You must take your final exam prior to 11:59PM on Thursday, January 7th. You get only one attempt at the final and you cannot close and re-open the exam at a later time.


No course materials, study guides or internet resources are permitted to be open during the final exam. Academic integrity is very important here at NCVPS and the same rules for exams taken in school apply to online classes.


The exam contains a listening comprehension part and covers lessons 1 - 13. Be sure you are comfortable with hiragana, katakana, grammar and vocabulary before starting your exam.


All answers must be written in hiragana and katakana. No answers in romaji will be accepted.


*You must NOT use the Google Chrome browser for your exam! *


I recommend using the Firefox browser for your exam. This can be downloaded for free at https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Make sure your computer is equipped with these prior to taking the final exam:

Combination Sounds and Double Consonants

Do you remember that to do if need to write a combination sound like 'kya', 'myu' or 'nyo'? What if you need to write a double consonant in a word like 'kippu'? Do you know what to do in these situations? If you need a refresher, please check out my blog entry below for some help. Keep in mind that these rules apply to both hiragana and katakana.

The clock is ticking!

You still have time to make up missed coaching sessions and submit work from lessons 8 - 13 but time is running out to make your submissions! Note the dates below:


Thursday - 1/7: Last day to submit final exam/Last day for LIVE coaching sessions


Friday - 1/8: Last day to submit assignments for lessons 8 - 13


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 make a plan to submit it prior to Friday's deadline.


If you need help with your assignments, contact me or visit the link to the peer tutoring center below.

Click Here to Access the *FREE* Peer Tutoring Center

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.

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Watch Yer Videos!

One of the best study tips I can offer is to watch yer videos. Yes, that's right, your sensei is telling you to binge watch videos during your Japanese class time. ;)


The videos below featuring Sakura and Daichi are a great resource for you. The videos allow you to listen to native speakers of Japanese pronounce your vocabulary words and hear how they use the vocabulary and grammar you're learning in class in real world situations.


Here are the links to all 13 of the videos. They're less than 1 minute long so I suggest watching all of them a few times to refresh your memory with grammar and vocabulary from your prior lessons.


Lesson 1: http://tinyurl.com/p7pgawz

Lesson 2: http://tinyurl.com/hggmdgy

Lesson 3: http://tinyurl.com/jkozwkw

Lesson 4: http://tinyurl.com/hbq7h6h

Lesson 5: http://tinyurl.com/zq92275

Lesson 6: http://tinyurl.com/ju3ryqr

Lesson 7: http://tinyurl.com/pev2ag3

Lesson 8: http://tinyurl.com/p3253yu

Lesson 9: http://tinyurl.com/gv6v665

Lesson 10: http://tinyurl.com/hh6pmnn

Lesson 11: http://tinyurl.com/gs7dl97

Lesson 12: http://tinyurl.com/hcs6t45

Lesson 13: http://tinyurl.com/pb7rec5


Who says binge watching is a bad thing? Enjoy!

Final Exam Superstars

Sending kudos and congrats to everyone who's already submitted their final exam as of 10PM last night:


Kelvin R., Hannah E., Hannah G., Russell B., Vanessa P., Tony W.


Well done! よくできました。 ^_^

“The very best thing you can do for the whole world is to make the most of yourself.” - Wallace Wattles

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