All resources in OpenWA Japanese

Beginning Japanese for Professionals: Book 1

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This textbook is designed for beginning learners who want to learn basic Japanese for the purpose of living and working in Japan. Unlike textbooks written primarily for students, whose content largely centers on student life, this book focuses more on social and professional life beyond school. As a beginning level textbook, this book includes many elementary grammar patterns (Japanese Language Proficiency Test Levels 5 and 4), but the vocabulary and situations are selected specifically for working adults. Explanations are kept concise so as to only cover key points. The main focus is on oral communication and the accompanying audio is to be used extensively. This textbook can be used for self-study, as part of an online course, or as a traditional college course.

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Emiko Konomi

Beginning Japanese for Professionals: Book 2

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This textbook is designed for beginning learners who want to learn basic Japanese for the purpose of living and working in Japan. Unlike textbooks written primarily for students, whose content largely centers on student life, this book focuses more on social and professional life beyond school. As a beginning level textbook, this book includes many elementary grammar patterns (Japanese Language Proficiency Test Levels 5 and 4), but the vocabulary and situations are selected specifically for working adults. Explanations are kept concise so as to only cover key points. The main focus is on oral communication and the accompanying audio is to be used extensively. This textbook can be used for self-study, as part of an online course, or as a traditional college course.

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Emiko Konomi

Beginning Japanese for Professionals: Book 3

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This textbook is designed for beginning learners who want to learn basic Japanese for the purpose of living and working in Japan. Unlike textbooks written primarily for students, whose content largely centers on student life, this book focuses more on social and professional life beyond school. As a beginning level textbook, this book includes many elementary grammar patterns (Japanese Language Proficiency Test Levels 5 and 4), but the vocabulary and situations are selected specifically for working adults. Explanations are kept concise so as to only cover key points. The main focus is on oral communication and the accompanying audio is to be used extensively. This textbook can be used for self-study, as part of an online course, or as a traditional college course.

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Emiko Konomi

World Languages - TCC OER Subject Guide: OER starting points

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This guide compiles starting points for OER and freely available resources for World Languages courses and topics. This OER subject guide was created for TCC faculty and staff and reflects TCC credit, continuing education, and corrections course offerings. The purpose of this guide is to help faculty and staff more easily find and review OER in their areas so that they can make decisions about quality, accuracy, relevancy, and potential use.

Material Type: Reading

Authors: Jennifer Snoek-Brown, Tacoma Community College Library

Japanese 1

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The files work in conjunction with the Genki I open source textbook. Japanese 121 is designed for students with no (little) prior knowledge of the language. The main goal of the Japanese program is to develop proficiency in the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Because language and culture are inseparable, aspects of the Japanese culture will also be studied.

Material Type: Full Course

Author: Yoko Sato

First Year Japanese I, II, and III

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Suitable for first year Japanese students in college and/or three to four years in high school Japanese program. Some parts can be used in middle school levels, too. Slide style text books with a lot of graphic images and classroom activities, outcome check worksheets to go with the lessons, and kana/kanji practice worksheets. Other materials and source files are available upon request by email.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment, Textbook

Author: Yoko Sato

Preadvanced Japanese

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This textbook is designed for students who have intermediate competency in Japanese, roughly at Level 2 on the ILR (The Interagency Language Roundtable) proficiency scale, and are working on reaching Level 3. This textbook can be used for self-study, as part of online course, and in a traditional classroom setting. It is comprised of four chapters, intended to be covered in one term of a quarter system.

Material Type: Textbook

Japanese 2

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The main goal of the Japanese program is to develop proficiency in the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Because language and culture are inseparable, aspects of the Japanese culture will also be studied.

Material Type: Full Course

Author: Luke Yamaguchi

Japanese 3

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The main goal of the Japanese program is to develop proficiency in the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Because language and culture are inseparable, aspects of the Japanese culture will also be studied.

Material Type: Full Course

Author: Luke Yamaguchi

Cultural Interviews with International Business Executives

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Cultural Interviews with Japanese-Speaking Executives is a compilation of brief video clips in which Japanese and Japanese-speaking executives discuss cultural issues that are of interest to North Americans. The objective of the interviews is three-fold: First, provide practical cultural information about business topics. The opinions represent those of real people. At times they are even contradictory, but they are designed to be a catalyst for discussion, not a definitive answer about some stereotype. Second, the interviews provide vocabulary in areas within a professional setting. The interviews present diverse vocabulary within the context of each individual's comments. Third, these materials provide non-native speakers of Japanese with multiple examples of natural speech, illustrating the way that speakers really talk.

Material Type: Lesson

Authors: Midori Tanaka, Orlando Kelm

Japanese

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The end goal of this project is to create an online resource for those wishing to learn Japanese. We will attempt to encompass all aspects of the Japanese language, including pronunciation, reading, writing, and grammar.

Material Type: Reading, Textbook

Author: Wikibooks contributors

Misaki's Journal

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Misaki's Journal is a Graded Reader for the Novice High/Intermediate Low range of Japanese learners. The Journal follows Misaki Kondo, a high schooler from Tokyo. There are eight entries in total, each has pictures and interactive materials. Please view the Authentic-Like Interactive Materials subfolder for links to those items. The Teacher's Notebook subfolder also includes the guide on how to use the reader for classroom use.

Material Type: Homework/Assignment, Reading

Authors: Theadora Callahan, Deana Nassans, Grace McGrorty

Katakana Bingo, Novice Low, Japanese 101, Online

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The students will have a selection of bingo rounds to practice katakana with. Start with bingo 1 to practice the basic characters and prepare the students for a more difficult game. Then go to bingo 2 which will be a more exciting game where students will practice full katakana words. If time permits, you can continue into a third round and circle different items. 

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Authors: Camille Daw, Mimi Fahnstrom, Amber Hoye