Organization of the Chapters

Introduction-Mechanics-Application-Virtual Reality:
Ultimate Progression!

This textbook follows a progression of learning which is characterized by the four sequential stages captioned above and culminates in open ended and project-based activities.


The Introduction stage gives you an overview of the chapter. It also lets you warm up with simple recognition drills, games and exercises utilizing and communication strategies. This stage consists of the following segments.

  1. Objectives: List of what you will be learning and what you will be able to do with it
  2. Kisetsu Theater: A visual overview with compact descriptions
  3. Warm-Up: A group of exercise emphasizing useful strategies
  4. Basic Vocabulary: A pictorial introduction to selected basic words and expressions
  5. Mechanics: Drills employing basic vocabulary
  6. Games or songs

Mechanics / Application

The Mechanics stage reviews the Introduction stage and introduces you to a new set of vocabulary. You will also learn communication skills through various drills and activities which concentrate on oneor two items of importance at a time. This stage is divided into several sections and it is accompanied by an additional segment which deals with one of the following topics.

  1. Culture Note
  2. Language Note
  3. Pronunciation
  4. Form (grammar and function)

After the Mechanics stage, the Application stage provides opportunities to integrate what you have learned in the Mechanics stage into a more meaningful context. Often working in groups, you execute tasks using various functions and strategies including reading and writing. Although these tasks are not open-ended, they will encourage you to express your own ideas and help you become a successful communicator.

  1. Vocabulary: A list of functional vocabulary and notional vocabulary
  2. Kana and Kanji: Japanese syllabaries and Chinese characters

Virtual Reality

In this stage you will participate in a comprehensive project where you will mobilize and integrate everything you learned to this point. Again, working with your peers, you will simulate situations that are open-ended and close to real world tasks as much as possible. The Virtual Reality stage gives you opportunities to work on materials of your particular interest and facilitates both independent and group learning. The Virtual Reality stage is supplemented by the following.

  1. Assessments: A self-assessment or peer assessment to check your performance, knowledge and skills
  2. Checklist: A set of questions asking you to evaluate your own progress and reflect upon your learning experience
  3. Additional Vocabulary: An advanced list of words which will be useful for the Virtual Reality projects
  4. Additional Information: Pictures depicting real Japanese life accompanied by photographs taken by Japanese students

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