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What are “Kisetsu” textbooks?

Kisetsu is a series of four Japanese language textbooks for middle and high school students. Kisetsu aims to help students become not only successful communicators in Japanese but also self-directed and reflective learners, skillful problem solvers, and active, sensitive, and productive participants in the global community. Kisetsu also reflects National Standards for Foreign Language Education and educational programs such as the Advanced Placement (AP) Program and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme.


A sequence of conceptual units has been developed in order to realize the aforementioned goals and objectives and these units facilitate a meaningful progression of learning throughout projects.

The Volume 1 “Haruichiban”

The Kisetsu Volume 1, Haruichiban, consists of two preliminary sections and two conceptual units: Encounter and Awareness. Haruichiban emphasizes both oral and writing skills with structured self-introduction and tactics of daily conversation. Haruichiban improves learners’ decision making, problem solving and critical thinking skills through projects.

The Volume 2 “Ginga”

The Kisetsu Volume 2, Ginga, consists of two conceptual units: Reflection and Environment. Ginga emphasizes encouragement of autonomous learners, recognition of text styles and audience, and connection between writing and reading comprehension.

Volume 3 “Akimatsuri”

Kisetsu Volume 3, Akimatsuri, consists of 3 parts: Momiji (autumn leaves), Icho (gingko), and Kuri (chestnut). Each part is a book by itself. The theme of Akimatsuri is “perspectives.” Akimatsuri emphasizes encouragement of interactive conversation through directing a play, comprehension and creation of a story-like autobiography written for a particular audience, effective procedures to conduct an interview, and publication of newspaper and other mass-media.

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