Heritage Japanese Courses 

K1 class (Students who are 4 years old by March 1, 2017 can be registered for the 2017-2018 school year)

Textbooks: Hiragana 3 sai and Hiragana 4 sai (Gakken)
Students learn Hiragana including unvoiced sounds, voiced sounds, long vowels, contracted and double consonant and more. They learn various expressions through the use of picture books, crafts and games.

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K2 class (Students who have successfully completed K1 or are at an equivalent level)

Textbooks: Hiragana Okeiko and Kotaba no Okeiko (Kumon)
Students review words learned in K1 and learn nouns, adjectives, verbs, and particles. They are also taught to read and write short sentences. They expand their knowledge of expressions through the picture books, crafts and games.

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G1 class (Students who have successfully completed K2 or are at an equivalent level)

Textbooks: Mitsumura Kokugo 1A, Bunpo Work G1
Students review Hiragana, start Katakana and learn 25 Kanji. They read sentences of various lengths to enable their understanding of stories. They learn more nouns, adjectives and particles as well as the structure of sentences. Students also write journals and letters. They practice speaking about everyday topics and learn to express their own opinions.

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G2 class (Students who have successfully completed G1 or are at an equivalent level)

Textbooks: Mitsumura Kokugo 1B, Bunpo Work G1
Students review Katakana and learn 55 Kanji. They read and understand stories and explanatory notes. They learn more complicated forms for writing journals and letters. They discuss everyday topics and communicate their own opinions.

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G3 class (Students who have successfully completed G2 or are at an equivalent level)

Textbooks: Mitsumura Kokugo 2A, Bunpo Work G2
Students review Katakana and learn 91 new kanji. They read and understand long stories and explanatory notes and also write their own thoughts and expressions. They learn synonyms, demonstrative pronouns, conjunction words and more. They practice speaking of daily life and current events.

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G4 class (Students who have successfully completed G3 or are at an equivalent level)

Textbooks: Mitsumura Kokugo 2B, Bunpo Work G2
Lessons emphasize Katakana and 69 new kanji. Students learn to understand explanatory notes and instructions in addition to comprehending long stories. Written practice includes students inserting conversational phrases to explain the details of situations. Students also learn to express emotions and feelings in their writing. They practice speaking of daily life and current events.

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G5 class (Students who have successfully completed G4 or are at an equivalent level)

Textbooks: Mitsumura Kokugo 3A
Applying the vocabulary learned in prior classes, students write poems, creative stories, and Haiku to express their imaginations to the fullest. They correspond with students in Japan to introduce family and friends. Students practice speaking extensively and learn about Japan.

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G6 class (Students who have successfully completed G5 or are at an equivalent level)

Textbooks: Mitsumura Kokugo 3B
Students read stories and poems to deepen their understanding of Japanese. They correspond with students in Japan to expand their range of expressions. Students continue to learn about Japan.

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G7 class (Students who have successfully completed G6 or are at an equivalent level)

Textbooks: Mitsumura Kokugo 4A
Students discuss topics in groups to research and complete reports. They learn proverbs, idiomatic phrases and other idiom derived from historical events. They practice speaking longer, more complicated sentences and broaden their knowledge of Japan.

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G8 class (Students who have successfully completed G7 or are at an equivalent level)

Textbooks: Mitsumura Kokugo 4B
Students learn summarizing skills and practice making memos to precisely convey information. They practice speaking longer and more complex sentences. Students learn about Japan.

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