Memorial Composite
High School (10–12)


Canada’s role in the global community has become important with increasing trade and cultural exchanges. The world is becoming smaller with global friendships becoming bigger. Japanese has become a popular language to learn among people who are interested in business, foreign trade, tourism and world travel. The town of Stony Plain is twinned with Shikaoi, a town in Hokkaido, Japan. This sister-school relationship allows for constant communication between Japanese and Canadian students and teachers through reciprocal exchanges and visits.

Japanese 10-3Y (5 credits)

An introductory course that exposes students to the various writing systems, vocabulary, basic sentence structure, useful expressions and the skill to maintain simple conversations. The culture of Japan is explored and experienced.

Japanese 20-3Y (5 credits)

Focusing on Japan today, students learn more about what it is like to live there. 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 and reading skills. Cultural norms are presented, along with more internal knowledge of the Japanese culture.

Japanese 30-3Y (5 credits)

Concentrates on Japan and 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.

Japanese 20-6Y (5 credits)

Follows Japanese 30-3Y but does not count for 30 level credit. The focus is more on casual speech as opposed to the more proper 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.

Japanese 30-6Y (5 credits)

Follows Japanese 20-6Y (20S). This is considered a 5th level Japanese course and continues the focus on more casual and speech-oriented Japanese. Students should be completely comfortable with Hiragana and Katakana and basic kanji at this level. More grammar and kanji will be learned but the focus is on reading and speaking. Students will be expected to do a lot of independent work and study as this is usually with a split class. This is a 30 level course and counts towards Grade 12 graduation requirements.