Japanese is a popular language to learn among people who are interested in business, foreign trade, tourism, world travel, anime and J-Pop. Memorial is currently offering five levels of Japanese language instruction. The Town of Stony Plain is also twinned with Shikaoi, a town in Hokkaido, Japan, and this sister-school relationship allows for constant communication between Japanese and Canadian students and teachers through reciprocal exchanges and visits.

All Japanese classes are worth five credits. Students enrolled in Japanese courses will also have opportunities throughout the year to experience authentic use of the language and culture.

Course List

The following Japanese as a Second Language courses are available at MCHS. Click on the name of the course to read its description.

Japanese 10-3Y

Prerequisite: None
Credits: 5

This introductory course exposes students to the various writing systems, vocabulary, basic sentence structure, useful expressions, and the skill to maintain simple conversations in Japanese. Students will fully learn the Hiragana alphabet. The culture of Japan is also explored and experienced.

Japanese 20-3Y

Prerequisite: Japanese 10-3Y
Credits: 5

In this intermediate course, students will learn more about what it is like to live in modern Japan. The Katakana writing system and several Kanji are taught, along with more complex writing structure. Students are expected to become more fluent in their speaking, reading and writing skills. Cultural norms are presented, along with a more internal knowledge of the Japanese culture.

Japanese 30-3Y

Prerequisite: Japanese 20-3Y
Credits: 5

This advanced course concentrates on Japan and its relationship with the rest of the world. Cultural understanding and sensitivity are developed through communication. Students will leave with a proficient level of reading, writing, speaking and thinking skills. A deeper understanding of cultural nuances and an awareness of the global community will help students to see the interactions of Japan with the world.

This course counts for five 30-level credits that can be used to fulfill graduation requirements. This course mark can also be used for entrance into many post-secondary programs.

Japanese 20-6Y (Japanese 40)

Prerequisite: Japanese 30-3Y
Credits: 5

This followup course to Japanese 30-3Y focuses more on casual speech instead of formal speech. An emphasis will be placed on the development of speaking and listening skills. Reading, writing and culture are also components of this course.

Students will do some independent work and study, as this course is taught within a split class.

Note: Although Japanese 20-6Y is for advanced students, it is a 20-level course and thus does not count toward 30-level graduation requirements.

Japanese 30-6Y

Prerequisite: Japanese 20-6Y
Credits: 5

This followup to Japanese 20-6Y is a 5th-level Japanese course, and continues to focus on more casual and speech-oriented Japanese. Students should be comfortable with Hiragana and Katakana and basic Kanji at this level. More grammar and Kanji will be learned, but the primary focus for this course is on reading and speaking.

Students will be expected to do some independent work and study, as this course is taught within a split class.

Note: Unlike its prerequisite, Japanese 30-6Y is considered to be a 30-level course, and therefore counts towards Grade 12 graduation requirements.