Unit Outline

Unit: What kind of person? (どんな人?)
Resource: Fukunaga, A. (2006). Obento Supreme. South Melbourne, VIC: Thomson Nelson, Unit 6, p.68-78

 Why are we learning this unit?

Is Mr. Smith nice? Yeah, he’s nice but can be quite strict sometimes.
What does she look like? She has long, beautiful, blond hair.
OMG. He is so cute. I just love his grown eyes and thick eyebrows.
What are you wearing to the party? I think I’m going to wear a sparkly pink dress with white pumps.
 

Have you ever been involved in conversations that sound something like the above? In social contexts, we are often describing the people, family and friends, around us in regards to their personality or physical appearances. Let’s assume that you are an exchange student in Japan. Your host family and new Japanese friends will probably want to get to know you, the people you hand out with in Australia and what they are like. You may also want to know what your Japanese friends wear outside school or find out what is trendy in Japanese fashion. Therefore, by completing this unit successfully, you will be able to interact with Japanese speakers in social context and express your ideas effectively to describe their personalities and physical appearances.

 

Content Objectives

By the end of the unit, you will be able to:

  • Ask about and describe someone’s physical appearance
  • Ask about and describe someone’s personality
  • Ask what someone is wearing and answer appropriately.

 

Language and Skills Objectives

By the end of the unit, you will be able to:

  • Join い adjectives in extended descriptions,
  • Join い adjectives in extended descriptions,
  • Contrast characteristics using ‘but’ (~が),
  • Describe what someone is wearing (~ています),
  • Write a personal letter (text type), and
  • Recognise and write the kanji characters, 手, 目, 耳 and 口.

 

Cultural and Intercultural Understanding

In this unit, you will learn about:

  • Japanese culture: Different Japanese fashion tribes and clothing statements
  • Intercultural understanding: Differences in colour between English and Japanese, and how this can affect describing the world.

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