Japanese 1B

Enrollment Message:

Required for all Japanese courses: headphone with a microphone, voice recording software such as audacity (free), Japanese input editor (free - instructions for installation appear in course)
This is the second course in a two-course sequence. While it continues focusing on practical everyday communication skills and contemporary Japanese cultures, the course introduces the second widely used Japanese syllabic writing system, katakana. Lessons are built upon familiar topics such as self, family, school, and friends to provide meaningful contexts to develop everyday conversation skills. Each lesson is designed to help students learn katakana gradually as students work to master the first syllabic system hiragana through decoding words and reading to speak conversational expressions. The course includes audio and video learning objects to demonstrate native Japanese speaker's pronunciation, which supports students in building their interpersonal and interpretive fluency in Japanese. It is also designed for students to experience and appreciate the third writing system, kanji. This course targets the Novice Level of the Michigan World Language Standards and Benchmarks. Prerequisites: Japanese 1A

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to...

  • Exchange basic information about their family, friends, and acquaintances
  • Briefly describe basic information about their family, friends, immediate environments, and activities
  • Use culturally appropriate greetings, phrases, and gestures in various contexts
  • Identify commands and requests commonly used in classroom settings
  • Identify basic differences and similarities in vocabulary, phonological and grammatical structures between Japanese and English
  • Compare products, practices, and perspectives of Japanese-speaking cultures with those of their own
  • Read simple Japanese sentences written in hiragana syllables and partially in katakana syllables by using the Japanese alphabet tables
  • Write limited number of familiar words in kanji characters

Course Outline:

Unit 1: Meet My Friends

Unit 2: My Schedule

Unit 3: My Country

Unit 4: About Me

Resources Included: Online lesson instruction and activities, opportunities to engage with a certified, online instructor and classmates, when appropriate, and online assessments to measure student performance of course objectives and readiness for subsequent academic pursuits.

Additional Costs: None.

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue transcripts or diplomas. A final score reported as a percentage of total points earned will be sent to students upon completion of a course. Your school mentor is also able to access this score within the Student Learning Portal. Schools may use this score for conversion to their own letter grading system.

Time Commitment: Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Summer sessions are 10 weeks long: Students must be able to spend a minimum of 2 or more hours per day, or about 90 hours during the summer, for the student to be successful in any course. Trimester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

Technology Requirements:  Students will require a computer device with headphones, a microphone, a webcam, and up-to-date Chrome Web Browser. Students must also have access to YouTube.

Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements: https://michiganvirtual.org/about/support/knowledge-base/technical-requirements/

Other Technology Requirements:This course requires extensive use of an asynchronous audio-visual communication tool called VoiceThread. There is a Michigan Virtual-specific VoiceThread account that is used for this course and will be assigned to students.

If students are completing course work in school, the school's computers and network must be configured properly in order for VoiceThread content to be browsed, recorded, and played back properly. Browsers must be able to accept cookies from the following URL's:

  • http://prod-cdn.voicethread.com (for browsing content)
  • https://prod-cdn.voicethread.com (for browsing content)
  • http://media.voicethread.com (for recording audio and video)
  • https://media.voicethread.com (for recording audio and video)
  • http://prod-streams-vt.s3.amazonaws.com/ (for playback of recordings)
  • https://prod-streams-vt.s3.amazonaws.com/ (for playback of recordings)

The following links describe these and other network requirements, and how to enable cookies:



Browser Requirements: Students should use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to use VoiceThread. Internet Explorer does not support VoiceThread. The following link describes further the browser requirements:


To test Michigan Virtual’s VoiceThread in your school environment, please contact our Customer Care Center to receive a temporary login information.

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact the Customer Care Center by email at CustomerCare@michiganvirtual.org or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by Michigan Virtual. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the Michigan Virtual Customer Care by email at customercare@michiganvirtual.org or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Required Assessment: Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.

Technical Skills Needed: No special skills are required beyond being able to operate a computer and use word processing software.

Additional Information: When enrolling in this course, students must not create or use a personal VoiceThread account. Personal accounts are the accounts created under the regular VoiceThread.com site. Students must have their own unique email address that is not associated with any personal VoiceThread accounts. Their email address for their Michigan Virtual account cannot be used by anyone else, including the mentor or parent. If students use the same email address that has been used for their personal VoiceThread account to sign up for this course, all digital content stored in the personal VoiceThread account will be lost at the end of the semester.


School Level: High School
Standards: Michigan World Language Standards and Benchmarks
NCAA Approved: Yes
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location: Brightspace LS
NCES Code: 06421
MDE Endorsement Code: FL - Japanese
MMC Minimum Requirements: World Language

When Offered: (20-21) Fall - 20 Week - Flex

Content Provider: Michigan Virtual
Instructor Provider: Michigan Virtual

Course Type: Plus