GENKI is a highly acclaimed series of integrated resources for learning elementary Japanese through a well-balanced approach to all four language skill areas—speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Divided into two volumes, the 23 lessons of GENKI introduce students to a wide range of elementary grammar points, nearly 300 kanji, and approximately 1,100 vocabulary terms. GENKI also incorporates many words and expressions that are closely tied to students’ everyday lives, and provides a full lineup communicative practice. GENKI is designed to make it easier for instructors to prepare student-centered lessons that are as fun as they are effective—another reason why GENKI is used in many Japanese language courses around the world.

A well-balanced approach to learning elementary Japanese : GENKI comprehensively develops elementary Japanese language skills with a well-balanced approach to the four major language skill areas—listening, speaking, reading, and writing. After completing GENKI, students can immediately start studying at the intermediate level.

Familiar material that motivates students : GENKI increases the motivation of students by setting dialogues in situations with which they can readily identify, and by presenting frequently used vocabulary, expressions, and grammar. The Reading and Writing section also incorporates a full array of familiar material, including letters, e-mail, diary entries, and ads.

Plenty of fun exercises : GENKI provides many simulating exercises for every grammar item studied, progressing from basic practice to communicative activities. The exercises enliven the classroom by spicing up otherwise monotonous elementary skill-building with illustrations, role playing, games, and other activities done in pairs or larger groups.

Easy-to-follow grammar explanations : Grammar items are explained in English in an easy-to-follow manner using many example sentences, so that students can go through the material on their own. Also, typical mistakes are thoroughly described in the commentary and footnotes. If students read the explanations before class, more lesson time can be devoted to exercises, rather than explaining grammar.


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