Four of the students who chose this class are ENL students who are not yet fluent in English. Nevertheless, they are enthusiastic about learning a third language. Their enthusiasm is endearing and infectious. All 20 students in the class are excited to learn about a different culture.
When asked to write a "wish-list" of topics they would like to cover in our class, my students wrote things like: Japanese food and snacks, martial arts, manga and anime, and ninja and samurai.
We will cover topics like these after a solid foundation in geography, history, and Japanese writing systems.
Teachers at Village Academy MS share our passions with our students by teaching a "Mastery" course. The passion that I want to share with my sixth grade students is Japanese Language and Culture. Learning Japanese in college let me go on an exciting and once in a lifetime study abroad program in Japan. I want to open up this possibility to my students by exposing them to the language and culture while in middle school.
The resources my students will need to begin learning Japanese are the "Japanese Composition Notebook" and "My First Hiragana Activity Book." These will help to make it fun to learn written Japanese.
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