Foreign Language




High School Japanese I (Beginning level)
InstructorToru Nishikawa
Course Fee: $480 per year (or 8 payments of $60)
Supply Fee: $40 (Original Japanese workbook copy fee and some print fee)
Grade Level: 8th – 12th
Group size: 6-10 students
Books Required (parent must purchase on their own):
Adventures in Japanese 1; Hiromi Peterson & Naomi Hirano-Miso 4th Edition; Cheng & Tsui Company, Boston
Materials provided: (Students will get the workbook on the first lesson.)
Original workbook for Adventures in Japanese 1 by Toru Nishikawa 
Required Materials for Class: 
1. notebook paper, pencils/ blue pens,
2. Internet access to online resources.
Goal
This class is designed for American students who have never studied Japanese.
1. Upon completion of this class, students will be able to read Japanese Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji, to speak and read short texts with basic sentence structures, and to use and understand basic Japanese.
2. In addition, they will be able to communicate using simple phrases in different situations. The contents covered in this class go beyond the level of Beginner Japanese Level.
Performance Evaluation:
1. Attendance & Preparation 50%
2. Homework/Exams/Quizzes 50%


High School Japanese II
InstructorToru Nishikawa
Course Fee: $480 per year (or 8 payments of $60)
Supply Fee: $40 (Japanese workbook copy fee)
Grade Level: 9 – 12
Group size: 6-10 students
Books Required (parent must purchase on their own):
Adventures in Japanese 1; Hiromi Peterson & Naomi Hirano-Miso 4th Edition; Cheng & Tsui Company, Boston
Materials provided: (Students will get the workbook on the first lesson)
1. Original workbook for Adventures in Japanese 1 by Toru Nishikawa 
2. Original workbook for Erin’s Challenge! : Basic Skit and Key Phrases by Toru Nishikawa
Website Erin’s Challenge! (Website provided by the Japan Foundation)  Erin.ne.jp/en
Required Materials for Class: 
1. notebook paper, pencils/ blue pens
2. Internet access to online resources
GoalUpon completion of the course, students will be able to speak like native Japanese. Also, students study casual and formal Japanese language. Students will experience Japanese culture with a lot of fun.
The Japan Foundation: This organization was founded in 1972 as special public corporation under the administration of Ministry of Foreign Affair.
Erin’s Challenge!
1. This website provides “many visual images” on it. These pictures and video help students with studying common Japanese expressions and learning about many aspects of Japanese culture.
2. This website helps students to increase the number of “things you can do” in Japanese through learning Japanese. Students can learn
Japanese step by step looking at the explanations in English.
Performance Evaluation:
1. Attendance & Preparation 40%
2. Homework/Exams/Quizzes 60%


Japanese III : College Preparatory Course
Instructor: Toru Nishikawa
Course Fee: $560 per year (or 8 payments of $70)
Supply Fee: $40 (Original Japanese workbook copy and some print fee)
Grade Level:  10 th grade -12 th grade
Class size: 4-6 students
Materials provided: (Students will get the workbook on the first lesson)
1. Original workbook for Erin’s Challenge! : Standard Skit & Key Phrases by Toru Nishikawa 
2. Original workbook for Japanese Grammar and Vocabulary
Website Erin’s Challenge! (Website provided by the Japan Foundation) Erin.ne.jp/en
Required Materials for Class: 
1. notebook paper, pencils/ blue pens,
2. Internet access to online resources.
Goal: Students will study formal Japanese language. Students will be able to prepare for their placement test in collage.
The Japan Foundation: This organization was founded in 1972 as special public
corporation under the administration of Ministry of Foreign Affair.
Erin’s Challenge!
1. This website provides “many visual images” on it. These pictures and video help students with studying common Japanese expressions and
learning about many aspects of Japanese culture.
2. This website helps students to increase the number of “things you can do” in Japanese through learning Japanese. Students can learn
Japanese step by step looking at the explanations in English. 
Performance Evaluation:
1. Participation & Preparation 30%
2. Homework /Exams/Quizzes 70%


High School Spanish I
Instructor: Elizabeth Tapley
Course Fee: $400 per year (or 8 payments of $50)
Supply Fee: $45 ($15 refunded upon return of checked out materials)
Grade level: 9-12
Group Size: 4-10 students
Required materials: 3-ring binder (with pockets), pencil/pen, notebook paper, internet access, and a small mirror to bring to class each week
Other materials will be provided.
Course description: A lively, personal, and academically serious course. Starting with the first class, you'll understand and speak full sentences in Spanish. You'll learn to describe things, to talk about your interests and reactions, and to talk about your life. You'll read stories from very early in the course. You’ll learn about Spanish-speaking countries. You’ll play games using Spanish. For homework, you'll study vocabulary with a digital flashcard program, practice grammar, read in Spanish, watch videos in Spanish, and write about various things.
We will focus our grammar studies on the fundamental concepts on which Spanish is built—concepts that are generally confusing to English speakers, but that become clear with enough practice. This focus will give you a basic understanding of how Spanish works, so that you'll finish this course knowing more than just words, phrases, and verb forms.
Time commitment: Learning a language is a big job! Expect up to about 3 hours of homework per week.
Course makeup policy: Consistent attendance and home study is vital. Contact me if you anticipate an absence. Please complete assignments before returning to class.
Grading policy: The grade recommendation will be determined by oral and written evaluations, along with the homework grade.


High School Spanish II
Instructor: Elizabeth Tapley
Course Fee: $400 per year (or 8 payments of $50)
Supply Fee: $45 ($15 refunded upon return of checked out materials)
Grade level: 9-12
Group Size: 2-10 students
Required materials: 3-ring binder (with pockets), pencil/pen, notebook paper, internet access, and a small mirror to bring to class each week. Other materials will be provided.
Course descriptionBuilding on last year's foundation, you will read, write, and speak about increasingly complex things. Our focus will remain on the core concepts of Spanish—especially on the ways we use verbs, pronouns, and word order to express our ideas in Spanish. We will continue to spend most of our class time in Spanish—reading and discussing stories, talking about your interests and about topics of cultural relevance, and interacting in a variety of ways.
If you have studied Spanish elsewhere, please contact me before registering for this course.

Time commitment: Learning a language is a big job! Expect up to about 3 hours of homework per week, including a one-on-one meeting online with me.
Course makeup policy: Consistent attendance and home study is vital. Contact me if you anticipate an absence. Please complete assignments before returning to class.
Grading policy: The grade recommendation will be determined by oral and written evaluations, along with the homework grade.


High School Spanish III
Instructor: Elizabeth Tapley
Course Fee: $400 per year (or 8 payments of $50)
Supply Fee: $45 ($15 refunded upon return of checked out materials)
Grade level: 9-12
Group size: 2-10 students
Required materials: 3-ring binder (with pockets), pencil/pen, notebook paper. Internet access. Beginning Spanish Grammar workbook. Other materials will be provided.
Course description: 
You will read interesting texts. You will talk about the stories we read, about your own lives, and about topics of cultural interest. You will write texts of increasing complexity, and hear Spanish spoken in a variety of contexts. You will delve into more advanced topics of Spanish grammar (such as the subjunctive) and see how they help us talk about our world. As always, the emphasis will be on developing a living understanding of the language that will grow with you, wherever you go.
Students will be required to communicate regularly with native Spanish speakers, online or in person.
If you have studied Spanish elsewhere, please contact me before registering for this course.
Time commitment: Learning a language is a big job! Expect up to about 3 hours of homework per week, including a one-on-one meeting online with me.
Course makeup policy: Consistent attendance and home study is vital. Contact me if you anticipate an absence. Please complete assignments before returning to class.
Grading policy: The grade recommendation will be determined by oral and written evaluations, along with the homework grade.

High School German I

Instructor: Elizabeth Tapley
Course fee: $400 per year (or 8 payments of $50)
Supply fee: $50 ($15 refunded upon return of checked out materials)
Grade level: 9-12
Class size: 2-10 students
Required materials: 3-ring binder (with pockets), pencil/pen, notebook paper, and internet access.  Textbook requirement to be announced.  Additional materials will be provided.
Course description: A lively, personal, and academically serious course.  From the first day, you’ll understand and use full sentences in German, telling about your activities.  We will strive to use German, not just to talk about it, as you learn about German-speaking countries, play games, read, and have conversations in class.  For homework, you'll study vocabulary with a digital flashcard program, practice grammar, read, watch videos, and write about various things.
I highly recommend that students communicate with native German speakers; I will offer help getting started on this.
Time commitment: Learning a language is a big job! Expect up to about 3 hours of homework per week.
Course makeup policy: Consistent attendance and home study is vital. Contact me if you anticipate an absence. Please complete assignments before returning to class.
Grading policy: The grade recommendation will be determined by oral and written evaluations, along with the homework grade.
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