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Mirai, Stage 2 Coursebook

By lee.2951 - Posted on 15 April 2009 - Update on 08 November 2010

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Author: Meg Evans
Publisher: Pearson Education (Australia)/Cheng & Tsui (1999)
Binding: Paperback, pages
"The Mirai, Stage 2 Course Book is a high-energy, full-color textbook that offers a fun but challenging approach to learning the Japanese language. This book continues the second stage of study for beginning learners of Japanese. Written for a mixed-ability classroom, Mirai features clear explanations of language structures, idiomatic expressions and appropriate language use. Chapters focus on everyday situational topics such as communicating with and about your family, friends, and pets. Each of the four “parts” to the textbook, for a total of ten units, begin with a “Learning Outcomes” section that helps to focus the lesson and an “I did it!” section at the end gives students a sense of accomplishment. The units include: an “Explanation Corner” that explains key concepts and expressions, group and individual activities, study hints, information on Japan, katakana practice, vocabulary lists, and much more. Comics and games accompany learning along the way. Authentic and up-to-date photos and maps are also presented in context so that students gain an appreciation of Japanese culture as well as language. In Stage 2, students learn the entire katakana syllabary with an average of eight katakana and two or three kanji introduced per lesson. As students should know hiragana from Stage 1, romaji only appears under new katakana syllables. "