This is the second course in a two-course sequence of the second year Japanese. Lessons focus on language skills in everyday social interactions such as talking about past experiences, getting around the town, and writing emails to communicate one’s need. Lessons also focus on contemporary Japanese cultures and practices to support culturally relevant communications. The introduction to the semantic writing system, Kanji, widely known as “Chinese Characters,” continues in this course. All course materials use the Hiragana and Katakana writing systems along with some use of Kanji with phonetic guides. Therefore, students must be able to read and write Hiranga and Katakana characters without reliance on Romaji (English script). All lessons are equipped with audio and video learning objects to demonstrate native Japanese speaker’s pronunciation, which supports interpersonal and interpretive fluency in Japanese. Students will be asked to use various media tools including online resources, a microphone or a web cam capable of recording audio, and the web-based Video Notes tool in Brightspace in order to record their performance in assignment submissions throughout the course. This course targets the Novice Level of MI World Language Standards and Benchmarks.