JPNS102 Elementary Japanese II

Department of Language & Literature: Japanese

I. Course Number and Title
JPNS102 Elementary Japanese II
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
JPNS101 (C or better) or equivalent
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 Arts/Humanities.
This course meets the General Education requirement in Diversity.

VI. Catalog Course Description
In this continuation of study from JPNS101, students further develop the basics of listening, speaking, understanding, reading, and writing using the Hiragana and Katakana writing system, and study basic communication. The course continues to present Japanese historical and cultural backgrounds.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

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

    Grammatical topics:

    ~Tekudasai~Temoiidesu / ~Tewaikemasen
    Describing two activities
    Action in Process
    Te-forms for joining sentences
    Verb stem + Ni-iku
    Short forms
    Uses of short forms
    Verb (No/Ga sukidesu)
    Nani (Ka/Mo)
    Past tense short forms
    Qualifying nouns with verbs and adjectives
    Adjective/noun + No
    Adjective + Naru

    Vocabulary and social contexts:

    A day in our lives
    Counting people
    Parts of the body
    Vacation plans

    Cultural contexts:

    Introduction to Kanji and its relation to China
    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; and
    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