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Features of This Book Katsudoo and Rikai should both be seen as main study materials.

Decide which to choose

based on your learning objectives. In addition, Katsudoo and Rikai use the same topics. If
you use both, you can make progress in your overall Japanese proficiency.
Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture is a coursebook that is based on the JF
Standard for Japanese Language Education. It has the following features. Intercultural Understanding
Marugoto offers learning in both language and culture. There is help with intercultural
Japanese Levels of JF Standard for Japanese Language Education
understanding in various places, such as the situations of the conversations, contents of
Marugoto employs levels that correspond to the six stages of the JF Standard for the conversations, photographs and illustrations. Learn about Japanese culture, reflect on
Japanese Language Education (A1-C2). Marugoto (Starter) is A1 level. your own culture and deepen your intercultural understanding.

A1 level
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases
aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about
personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things

he/she has.
If I compare Japanese food with Australian food, they
Can interact in a simple way provided the other person both rely on fresh ingredients and the natural tastes of
the fresh ingredients.
talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
Source: JF Standard for Japanese Language
Managing your own Study
Education 2010
U s e r s G u i d e B o o k (2 n d It is very important to evaluate and manage your learning by yourself in order to keep
going in language learning. Make a record of the Japanese language and culture you have
studied using the portfolio. When you look at the portfolio, you can clearly understand your
own learning processes and your accomplishments.

How to Use This Book

Two Marugoto coursebooks: Katsudoo andRikai 1 Course Flow
Marugoto offers two methods of study aimed at enabling you to communicate using The Marugoto (Starter A1 Rikai ) course is designed with study of communicative language
Japanese: Katsudoo and Rikai . competences, mainly the language structures that underlie communication, at its heart
(Japanese script, vocabulary, grammar and sentence patterns). One lesson will be studied
Katsudoo : a coursebook for communicative language activities in each class hour. The suggested class length for one lesson is around 120 minutes. In the
For people who want to start using Japanese immediately middle and at the end of the course, you will doTest and Reflection1 and 2, so there will
The objective is to gain practical ability communicating in everyday situations. be a total of twenty classes.
You will practise listening to and speaking Japanese a lot.
Standard Course Example
Rikai : a coursebook for communicative language competences
For people who want to learn about Japanese
120 minutes 10 120 minutes 8
The objective is to study the features of the Japanese language that are lesson lesson lesson lesson
necessary for communication. 1 10 11 18
You will systematically study how Japanese is used in communication.
Test and Reflection 1 Test and Reflection 2
12 13
Conversation and Grammar 2-4
2 Topic and Lesson Flow
Each topic has two lessons. Look at the photographs
URL p17
and talk about what you think the topic is. Look at
the basic sentences and check what you are going Model Conversation

to study in this lesson. Read silently while listening to the

recording, notice what grammar is
used, and figure out what it means.
Sentence Structure
Before You Study
You will be able to understand
There are some questions about the topic. This
sentence structure and grammar
preparation is to help you imagine the contents of
the lesson, which will make it easier to understand.
Practise using the grammar within
the context/situation. Use the audio Writing
recording to check your answers. Yo u w i l l w r i t e a s h o r t t e x t
relateded to the topic. Af ter
practising writing characters by
tracing words in the model text,
Japanese Script and Vocabulary you will write about yourself.
Yo u w i l l p r a c t i c e t h e O nc e you have w rit ten your
Japanese characters and text you will put it in your
words used in this lesson. You portfolio. URL p17
will also use the word book as
necessary. Organising words Kanji
into topics is an effective way to Words related to the topic are displayed in kanji. Nihongo Check
learn new vocabulary. URL p17 You should first learn how to read the kanji. Af ter the clas s, check
Reading by yourself whether
Read a short text related to the you understood how to use the
topic. You should look carefully at Japanese you encountered in
the context in which the grammar this situation.Nihongo Check
The Roman alphabet is used to and sentence patterns are used. p194-p197 URL p17
lighten the burden of reading
Japanese characters.
Topics 1-5: everything is written
in Roman alphabet
Topics 6-9: conversations and
Look at the word book Audio sound
reading tex ts are writ ten in
Roman alphabet.
Rate your Japanese study
Listen and check
using theNihongo Check

Add to your portfolio

-san : In Japanese, san is put after
oth e r p e o ple's na m e s to s h ow
respect or politeness.Abe-san

Abe-san Noda-san Kimu-san Shin-san Kawai-san Hose-san Tanaka-san Satoo-san Yoshida-san Joi-san Suzuki-san Yan-san Kaara-san
Japan Japan (Kim-san) (Singh-san) Japan (Jose-san) Japan Japan Japan (Joy-san) Japan (Yang-san) (Carla-san
14 Korea India Mexico Australia Malaysia France 15
3 Activities for Intercultural Understanding 6 Related Information
Marugoto is a course where you study language and culture together. You should use Marugoto Portal Page
Japanese and experience Japanese culture outside the classroom as well.
You can download the resources and access the websites listed below free of charge.
Look at Japanese websites Watch Japanese dramas and films
Try going to Japanese restaurants Try going to events related to Japan
Try talking to Japanese friends and acquaintances
Resources to use with the textbook
Audio files
Talk about the things you have experienced outside the classroom with your classmates.
Word book
Sakubun worksheets
Vocabulary index
4 How to Manage your own Learning Phrase index

Nihongo Check Kanji word list
Do theNihongo Check(p194-p197) when you finish a lesson. Look back on your Nihongo Check
study and write comments. You can write in your preferred language.
Learning support website Audio files

Examples of comments MARUGOTO Words

I thought the grammar was similar to that in

my own language. Teachersresources
I thought the par ticles not in my own
language were interesting.
Word book
I can now read some Japanese characters
and it has given me confidence.

Make a record of both your study and experiences of Japanese language and
intercultural understanding. In order to reflect, put the following kinds of things into
your portfolio.
Nihongo Check
Writing assignments Sakubun
Records of experiences with Japanese language and culture

5 Tests
For information about the procedure and contents of the tests, seeTest and Reflection
(p99-p100 and p165-p166).

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