AP Japanese Language and Culture Course Description—June 2015
This is the core document for this course. It clearly lays out the course content and describes the exam and the AP program in general.
AP Japanese Language and Culture Course Description Audio FilesThe Course Description Audio Files are also available.
The AP Japanese Language and Culture course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The AP Japanese Language and Culture course strives not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. To best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught almost exclusively in Japanese.
The course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students’ awareness and appreciation of social, political, and educational issues (e.g., the role of religion in society, traditional versus modern gender roles), as well as more traditional topics (e.g., arts, customs, festivals, geography, and history).Throughout the course, students develop interpersonal skills that enable them to request and confirm the receipt of information, ask for and provide directions, and issue and respond to invitations. They also develop more cognitively challenging functional language skills, including the ability to compare phenomena, express opinions and preferences, and discuss life experiences. Additionally, students develop a command of a significant number of the most prevalent kanji characters used in Japanese writing.
Essential Course Resources
AP Japanese Language and Culture Course Overview
The two-page Course Overview provides a succinct description of the course and exam.
AP Japanese Language and Culture Frequently Asked QuestionsFind answers to common questions about the course, exam, and AP Course Audit.
The Teacher’s Guide (2007) has instructional strategies, sample syllabi, and more.
AP Japanese Language and Culture Course PerspectiveThe Course Perspective provides a succinct overview of the course and helpful tips on preparing students for success in the course and on the exam.
College Board Store
Find AP Japanese Language and Culture publications, released exams, and more in the College Board Store.
AP and Higher Education
Higher Education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Ed site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.
This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy search.
Meet the current Development Committee for AP Japanese Language and Culture.