JPNS101 Elementary Japanese I

Department of Language & Literature: Japanese

I. Course Number and Title
JPNS101 Elementary Japanese I
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information

Students spend between six and nine hours per week outside of class in activities, such as learning vocabulary, reading, completing written exercises, working on pronunciation, preparing oral presentations, and working with the multimedia files that accompany the text.

This course meets the General Education requirement in Diversity.

VI. Catalog Course Description
In this course students learn the basics of listening, speaking, understanding, reading, and writing using the Hiragana and Katakana writing systems, and also study basic communication. The course includes knowledge and appreciation of Japanese historical and cultural backgrounds.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. acquire and demonstrate an elementary degree of competence in the four language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing [Arts/Humanities];
    2. recognize and respond appropriately to most common spoken situations;
    3. demonstrate ability to write basic sentences in Japanese; and
    4. explain common aspects of life in Japan [Diversity].
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    Grammatical topics:

    Noun(X is Y)
    Question sentences, No (connects two nouns, possessive connector)
    Kore, Sore, Are (this, that, that)
    Kono, Sono, Ano, dono + noun (this, that, that, which + noun)
    Koko, soko, asoko, doko (here, there, over there, where)
    Noun Mo (too)
    Noun Jyaarimasen (negative)
    -Ne (right?)
    -Yo (assure)
    Verb conjugation, (1-the dictionary forms, 2-the present tense affirmative forms, 3-the present tense negative forms)
    Verb types and the present tense
    Time reference
    ~Masenka (invitation)
    Word order
    Frequency adverbs
    The topic
    Particle wa (as for X, it is such that…)
    X ga arimasu/imasu (There is/are…)
    Describing where things are
    Past tense (affirmative, negative)
    Takusan (quantity)
    Ichijikan (duration)
    To (connect two nouns, together with)
    Mo (two or more people perform the same activity)
    Adjectives (i -adjectives, na -adjectives -- affirmative, negative, past)
    Sukina/kiraina (likes/dislikes)
    Degree expressions
    ~Masyou/masyouka (Let's~)

    Vocabulary and social contexts:

    Telephone numbers
    Age, locations
    Introducing oneself
    Days/ weeks/ months/ year
    Meeting people

    Cultural contexts:

    Introduction to Hiragana (used for Japanese originated words)
    Introduction to Katakana (used for foreign originated words)
    Japanese manners and customs
    Levels of formality

  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. take quizzes and tests;
    2. complete written assignments, such as short compositions and grammatical exercises;
    3. perform listening comprehension exercises;
    4. participate in speaking tasks, which may include oral interviews, conversations, and/or presentations that assess proficiency levels.

    Quizzes and tests taken in class include the cultural topics presented in the course. Students articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Students use the textbook, workbook, and multimedia resources of first-year proficiency-based Japanese program. See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 4/04; Core Goals/Objectives added 4/04; Revised 4/2011; New Core 8/2015