TEXTBOOKS IN USE AT CASPER COLLEGE:
- Japanese 1010 (first semester): Genki, An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese, 2nd edition, Banno/Ikeda/Ohno/Shinagawa/Tokashiki. ISBN 978-4-7890-1440-3
- Japanese 1020 (second semester): Genki, An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese, 2nd edition, Banno/Ikeda/Ohno/Shinagawa/Tokashiki. ISBN 978-4-7890-1440-3
- Japanese 2030 (third semester): Genki, An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese, 2nd edition, Banno/Ikeda/Ohno/Shinagawa/Tokashiki. ISBN 978-4-7890-1440-3
- Japan has the world’s 3rd largest economy after the U.S. and China.
(As measured by Gross Domestic Product, 2012 statistics from the International Monetary Fund.)
- There are approximately 130 million Japanese-speakers in the world.
- Japan has about 127 million people and is about the size of the state of Montana (which has 1 million people, for comparison).
- The nation of Japan is made up of 6,852 islands.
- Japan has an emperor who is the symbol of the state and of the unity of the people, but the Prime Minister handles most political duties.
- Mount Fuji is Japan’s highest mountain at 12,388 ft. It is an active volcano only 60 miles from Tokyo that last erupted in 1707-08.
- 2010 statistics indicate that there are 1.3 million Americans with Japanese heritage.
- The word anime (アニメ)is the Japanese pronunciation of the English word “animation.”
The anime market for the United States alone is worth approximately $4.35 billion, according to the Japan External Trade Organization.
- Japan has the highest life expectancy in the world. The average Japanese person can expect to live 83 years—for Japanese women, it’s 86! For comparison, average life expectancy in the U.S. is 79. The worldwide average is about 68 (World Health Organization, 2013).
- Japanese has three writing systems: katakana is an alphabet for loanwords and words of foreign origin, hiragana is an alphabet used for Japanese words and grammatical particles, and kanji is a character-based writing system that draws from Chinese and is used to write many common words.
- Tokyo is the world’s largest city with over 37 million inhabitants!
- Tokyo, the capital of Japan, will host the 2020 Olympic Games. The city last hosted the Games in 1964.
- In 1912, the people of Japan sent 3,020 cherry trees to the United States as a gift of friendship. These trees still stand near the Jefferson Memorial in central Washington D.C. The blossoming of the cherry trees in Spring is a much-anticipated event every year.
- Japanese people love American food: there are McDonald’s, KFC, and SUBWAY everywhere in Japan. Many Japanese eat KFC fried chicken at Christmas.
- Japanese use more trains and subways than cars. There are 10,000 train stations in Japan, and every train arrives and departs exactly on time!
- At a “100 yen shop” (one-dollar shop) in Japan, you can buy anything you need: office supplies, kitchenware, books, flowers, cloths, cosmetics, foods, headphone, toys…etc!
SAMPLE CLASS ACTIVITIES:
- Simple conversation practice (pair work)
- Telephone game
- Karaoke (singing Japanese popular songs)