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Obento Deluxe Student Book

By | Copyright Year:2013 | ISBN-13: 9780170196826

The new editions of the Obento series have been updated in response to teachers’ feedback and changing emphases in the curriculum and technology. Now supported by a suite of digital resources, including the NelsonNetBook, the best loved features have been continued, with an innovative and logical methodology for introducing script, rich video
and audio resources, and an emphasis on intercultural understanding and language learning.

Obento is a fully integrated course in three stages, written specifically for secondary students learning Japanese. Obento Deluxe is the first level in the new edition of this
highly popular series. The expert author team of Peter Williams, Sue Xouris and Kyoko Kusumoto bring their expertise, creativity and humour to this comprehensive resource.

Hiragana and katakana are introduced incrementally as learners venture through the units. The order of hiragana and katakana introduction is decided by the vocabulary and
functions that appear in the units, not by the order they appear on the hiragana/katakana charts.

The intercultural understanding general capability and intercultural language learning (IcLL ) components of The Australian Curriculum: Languages has not only been interwoven throughout the series, but also appears in the Teeburu Manaa sections of the Student Book. This section features stimulus material such as case studies, realia, interviews, and so on, and encourage students to explore these points further either via class discussion or homework investigations.

The Obento Deluxe website, at offers a comprehensive suite of engaging digital resources for students.

*Complimentary access to NelsonNet is available to teachers who use the accompanying student book and workbook as a core resource in their classroom. Contact your education consultant for access codes and conditions.


Unit 1 どうぞよろしく Pleased to meet you
Unit 2 かぞえましょう Let’s count
Unit 3 どこから Where are you from?
Unit 4 かぞく Family
Unit 5 ワンワン、Woof woof, ガーガー quack quack
Unit 6 パスタがすき!I like pasta!
Unit 7 いつですか When is it?
Unit 8 しゅみは? What are your hobbies?
Unit 9 どこに?だれと?なんで?Where to? Who with? How?
Unit 10 クラブかつどう Club activities
Unit 11 ひまなとき Free time
Unit 12 どうでしたか How was it?


Peter is currently Manager, Standards Development at the School Curriculum and Standards Authority in Western Australia, and is an experienced author and teacher of Japanese at the secondary level. He has worked on creating many innovative resources for Japanese language learning, including Japanese textbooks, national and state curricula, online resources and several Japanese series aired on television. Peter's love and fascination with obento led him to see how the many parts of a well-balanced Japanese course could be connected in a uniquely Japanese package, which led him to develop the concept for this series. In his spare time, Peter is often seen at IKEA and builds small boats to sail round the Pacific.

Sue has authored a number of published works, including the Obento Snack Pack and Deluxe series. Sue has vast experience in teaching, writing and presenting Japanese language learning material. Sue currently teaches Japanese at St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill in Sydney. Sue has previously managed The Nihongo Tanken Centre and she has also lectured in Languages Education at the University of Technology, Sydney and Sydney University.

Kyoko is an experienced Japanese teacher of long standing. Over a period of two decades she has taught the Japanese language to primary and secondary students, including mature age students. Kyoko currently teaches at Santa Sabina College, Sydney, NSW and has extensive experience as Senior Marker, Supervisor of Marking and as a judge of HSC NSW. She has served as a committee member and presenter for the Japanese Teachers' Association, JTAN, has completed a Masters in Education, and has qualifications in NAAFTI Japanese translation and interpreting. Before her teaching career, Kyoko was an editor of children's educational books in Japan and her extensive educational experience has been invaluable in her role as co-author of both the Obento Deluxe and Supreme series.


NEW! Tsukurimashoo! sections. With all new text types, use them for putting what you have learnt together, and for practising reading, writing and speaking

Itadakimasu – introduces the new language through a manga-style cartoon strip, recorded on audio CD

Donna aji? – develops the new language through listening and speaking exercises

Benkyoo no Ben – hiragana and katakana are introduced incrementally as learners venture through the units. The order of hiragana and katakana introduction has been decided by the vocabulary and functions that appear in the units, not by the order they appear on the hiragana/katakana charts. This methodology is key to the entire Obento suite of resources, and is one of its biggest strengths

Gohan to okazu – provides a grammar and vocabulary reference, supported by examples (detailed grammar explanations are provided in Setsumei at the back of the book)

Teeburu manaa – presents cultural and intercultural information and stimulus material, along with new Have a think and Have a go questions for class discussion and follow up activities

Ohashi – strategies for learning, remembering and understanding Japanese

Oshooyu – provides colloquial expressions and related vocabulary

Okashi – presents songs and raps