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Tsumiki 1 Student Book

By | Copyright Year:2002 | ISBN-13: 9780170102674

Tsumiki means 'building blocks' and the carefully sequenced elements of this three-stage course for Years 7-10 will help students to build a sound foundation and reach great heights in their language learning.

The Tsumiki Student Books are extensively illustrated in two colours by a Japanese artist to maintain cultural authenticity. They also contain more than 150 photographs.

The storyline is based on plausible and meaningful scenarios. The main characters are Andrew from Sydney and Mariana from Auckland. In Units 1-5 Andrew and Mariana communicate with Japanese students who are visiting their schools and homes. In Unit 6 they fly to Japan for homestay visits with host families in Osaka and Tokyo (Units 7-10).

The story unfolds in Japan, New Zealand and Australia.

Additional Electronic Resources
• Provides online frames from the manga with audio, allowing students to listen and read at their own pace
• Available free on CD-ROM to adopting schools.


The Workbook contains relevant tasks and activities to reinforce the language structures, grammar and the themes covered in the Student Book.

Unit A Katakana
Unit B Hiragana

- Unit 1 Me

- Unit 2 Numbers

- Unit 3 Friends

- Unit 4 School

- Unit 5 Families

- Unit 6 Bound for Japan

- Unit 7 My host family

- Unit 8 Birthdays

- Unit 9 Daily routines

- Unit 10 Youth culture

Grammar Guide
Glossary: Japanese-English


Margaret Lee spent many years teaching Japanese, taking students to Japan and writing Isshoni and Tsumiki series of Japanese texts. She is a passionate believer in the need for high-quality learning and teaching resources in secondary schools, and the need to pursue high academic standards.


Clearly structured and easy to follow

Uses a logical sequence of sentence patterns that build on knowledge from previous 'building blocks', with activities that prepare students for the next 'block'

Allows for additional teacher-developed activities to be superimposed on its structure

Presents its core vocabulary in compact, accessible and clearly identified units

Introduces hiragana and katakana in separate units before the text proper, to allow for different approaches to the teaching of Japanese script

Each stage contains a Student Book, Workbook, Audio CDs and Teacher

Comprehensive and careful revision and extension of the structures, language and text types covered in the Student Book chapters.