Students in Shauna Palmer’s Japanese classes at Timpview are learning how to use their Japanese skills in a real life application.

The students were assigned a project where they were instructed to write a story completely in Japanese. They were not allowed to write it in English first or use assistance from a translator.

Before beginning this project, the students learned the Japanese vocabulary for different hobbies. All the vocabulary was learned in verb form rather than noun form in order to help facilitate various language functions and skills. This assignment showcased the students Japanese proficiency because they had the challenging task to make their English ideas fit into a different context.

Although this assignment may have seemed daunting to most students at first, the students were able to successfully complete it and even read their stories out loud to their peers. Through instigating assignments that create a real-life application like this, students are able to demonstrate that they have effectively learned the objective of a lesson.