Japanese Language Courses
2017 Fall Semester
Introduction to Spoken Japanese I
Intended for students who want to learn how to communicate in spoken Japanese. No previous experience is required. In addition to the use of a standard textbook, from the first day on we learn set phrases and patterns of behavior that will enable to you to interact more smoothly with speakers of Japanese. The emphasis is on speaking, but you will be able to recognize the 46 hiragana and some basic kanji by the end of the semester. The last 15-30 minutes of each class are devoted to using popular culture forms such as anime, live-action dramas, and songs to improve our Japanese. This is a great chance to learn Japanese in a more relaxed environment.
Beginning Japanese I
Intended for students who have no Japanese background. In this course, all four skills, (speaking, listening, writing, reading) are equally emphasized and cultural knowledge will be introduced accordingly. Students will be able to participate in conversations on familiar topics such as shopping, restaurants, hometown, daily life, trip, and family. The class will be engaging by asking and answering questions to get to know each other. Students will also be able to read the texts related to everyday life and personal interests or studies. An introduction to modern written Japanese, including hiragana and katakana syllabaries (two sets of Japanese syllabic letters) and about 70 Chinese characters (Kanji) are introduced.
Textbooks: Genki I (Lesson 1- Lesson 7) will be covered.
Intensive Beginning Japanese I
Intended for students with little or no background in Japanese who want to finish the language requirement in one year (equivalent to JPAN 011 + JPAN 012).
Textbooks: Yookoso! I and Basic Kanji Book I.
Beginning Japanese III
This course is a continuation of JPAN 012 and is focused on the development of the elementary grammatical structures of the Japanese language through aural-oral practices. The course also aims at development of the four basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course also introduces aspects of Japanese culture and customs, knowledge of which is necessary for behaving in a socio-culturally appropriate manner. Students will learn and practice skills to communicate in situations they might face in real life, such as making a hotel reservation, buying a train ticket, looking for housing, inviting someone to their homes, asking and giving instructions, and cheering up and encouraging others.
Textbooks: Yookoso II (Do You Remember-Ch.3) and Basic Kanji Book I (L.11 – L.16) Kanji: reproduction-approx. 170 characters; recognition-approx. 250 characters
Intermediate Japanese I
This course is a continuation of JPAN 112. Students will learn about Japanese culture and society through readings on various topics, including geography, language, technology, sports, and food in Japan. They will also learn to communicate their ideas and opinions by discussing and writing in Japanese, while solidifying the grammar, vocabulary and kanji foundation built at the beginning level.
Textbook: Tobira: Gateway to Advanced Japanese (Unit 1-Unit 5). Kanji: reproduction-approx.330/recognitio-approx.450
Intermediate Japanese III
This course is a continuation of Japanese language at the upper-intermediate level. In this course, students communicate more in detail and at greater lengths about various topics. This includes personal and general topics (e.g. Japanese history, politics, arts, and social issues), participating actively in discussions, and making short presentations. They will be able to write essays on such topics with the help of dictionaries, developing reading proficiency. Students will also deepen understanding of various aspects of Japanese culture, compare and contrast them with their own culture, and critically think of cross-cultural differences.
Textbooks: Tobira: Gateway to Advanced Japanese (Unit 11-Unit 15) Kanji: reproduction-approx. 470/recognitio-approx.650
Japanese for the Professions
This course is an upper-intermediate level course of Japanese intended for students who are interested in using Japanese in their profession. Improving speaking proficiency is emphasized, and students will learn preferable and frequently used vocabulary, expressions and discourse in Japanese business contexts. Students will also communicate more in detai and at greater lengths about various cultural and social topics through a lens of business, namely business cases (e.g. Coca-Cola Japan and Nintendo). They will participate actively in discussions, perform a mock job interview, and make short presentations. Students will also deepen their understanding of various aspects of Japanese business culture, compare and contrast them with their own culture, and critically think of cross-cultural differences.
Textbook: Powering Up Your Japanese Through Case Studies: Intermediate and Advanced Japanese.
Advanced Japanese I
All students are expected to possess sufficient knowledge of Japanese language beyond the intermediate level. This is due to the nature of the course which is designed to develop students’ communicative competencies through a variety of materials provided.
Advanced Japanese for Proficiency I
Designed for students with an advanced background in Japanese. All participants are required to take the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (N1 or N2) administered in December. Thus, it is recommended to take JPAN 482 first in the spring of the same year for better preparation. This, however, is optional.
Readings in Advanced Japanese
This course aims to further develop the ability of reading and critically understanding advanced literary and journalistic texts written in modern Japanese. As teaching materials, both literary and non-literary texts are drawn from a wide range of fields, including history, archaeology, politics, popular culture, religion, law, and medicine. This course is also meant to enhance students’ knowledge of and familiarity with the Japanese culture, history, and society.
In this course, students learn basic techniques and skills in translation through hands-on practices. Depending on the interests of enrolled students, both literary and non-literary texts are drawn from a wide range of fields, including popular culture (e.g. manga, animation, film, game, music, and short story), religion, law, and medicine. As students read papers pertinent to principles and problems of translation from Japanese to English, they acquire practical experience in translation tasks and approaches, learn cultural and communicative differences between Japanese and English, and familiarize themselves with ethics and resources.