Japanese Language Courses
2018 Spring semester
Introduction to Spoken Japanese
This is a continuation of Introduction to Spoken Japanese I. For students continuing from JPAN 001, the course provides a chance to really internalize what you’ve learned in the fall, and builds upon the momentum that developed during the fall semester. For students who didn’t take JPAN 001 but who have studied some Japanese in the past either formally or informally, the class provides a chance to actually speak Japanese from the first day in a warm and friendly environment. Reading knowledge of hiragana is helpful but not required. We will continue to use pop culture at the end of each class and everyone’s Japanese skills will increase on a weekly basis.
Beginning Japanese II
This is a continuation of JPAN 011 (Beginning Japanese I). Students will learn all four skills (speaking, listening, writing, reading) in this course with emphasis on grammar, reading, writing and conversation. The topics and functions include: expressing ones’ opinion, talking about holiday plans, sickness, part-time jobs, and gift giving and receiving. Students will engage in various situations that are common in everyday life in Japan, and the instruction will be interweaved with the cultural aspects of Japan.
Textbooks: Genki I (Lesson 8- Lesson 12) and Genki II (Lesson 13- Lesson 14) will be used, and around 100 new Kanji will be introduced. Overall kanji knowledge will be 177.
Beginning Japanese IV
This course is a continuation of JPAN 111 and completes the university language requirement. The course is focused on the further development and mastery of the elementary grammatical structures of the Japanese language with equal emphasis on: 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, such as communicating to staff at a hospital and post office, applying for a job, and presenting their opinions.
Textbooks: Yookoso II (Chapt. 4 – Chapt. 7) & Basic Kanji Book I (L.17-L.22) Kanji: reproduction-approx. 250 characters; recognition-approx. 350 characters
Intermediate Japanese II
This course is a continuation of JPAN 211. Topics discussed in this course include religion, pop- culture, traditional performing arts, education and convenience stores in Japan.
Textbooks: Tobira: Gateway to Advanced Japanese (Unit 6-Unit 10) Kanji: reproduction-approx.400/recognitio-approx.550
Intermediate Japanese IV
This course is a continuation of Japanese language at the upper-intermediate level progressing to the advanced level. In this course, students communicate more in detail and at greater lengths about various topics. This includes personal and general topics (e.g. environment, college life, gender 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: Chukyukara Jokyu eno Nihongo (Unit 1-10). Kanji: reproduction-approx. 500+/recognitio-approx.750+
Japanese for the Professions
This course is an upper-intermediate level course of Japanese progressing to the advancedlevel, intended for students who are interested in using Japanese in their professions. 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 detail and at greater length about various cultural and social topics through a lens of business, namely business cases (e.g. Coach,Walmart, and Toyota). They will participate actively in discussions 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 II
Intended for students with an advanced -low/mid- background in Japanese, aiming to strengthen students’ communicative competencies, and to deepen their understanding of Japanese culture through media, articles, etc.
Advanced Japanese for Proficiency II
Designed for students with an advanced background in Japanese. Readings in literary and journalistic texts written in modern Japanese are used in this course.
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.