JPNS201 Intermediate Japanese I
Department of Language & Literature: Japanese
- I. Course Number and Title
- JPNS201 Intermediate Japanese I
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- JPNS102 (C or better) or equivalent or permission of the Department of Language & Literature
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- Students are introduced to the reading and writing of Kanji, one of three writing systems of the Japanese language, plus sixty-five Kanji fundamental to recognizing and constructing written Japanese. Students engage in extensive practice building vocabulary and sharpening conversational and grammatical skills. Also, Japanese culture and thought processes will be addressed.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
- acquire knowledge of the third Japanese writing system, Kanji (ideograms). In addition, students will learn to comprehend and discriminate between Kanji and the other two writing systems, Hiragana and Katakana;
- continue to acquire new grammatical expressions, idioms, sentence structures, and communication skills;
- become more familiar with Japanese culture and society; and
- acquire the ability to communicate both polite and casual levels of conversation.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- Kanji reading, writing, and recognition
- Conversational practice in class, both individually and in groups
- Use of listening comprehension assignments
- Introductions to new expressions and grammar
- Introduction of Japanese culture and thought processes
Students are taught to recognize the phonetic and semantic use of Kanji through a variety of methods. Teaching emphasis is on conversational skills in each lesson. In addition, assignments include the writing of scripts, the performance of short skits during the class, and the participation in show and tell from time to time. Audio-visual aids are also used.
Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
Students will be evaluated primarily by quizzes, midterm, and final exams. The ability to recognize and accurately use Kanji in Japanese sentences will weigh heavily in these assessments. Homework and class participation will also be closely observed. Students will be evaluated on how well they understand Japanese culture in comparison to other cultures and how Japanese thought processes work. At the conclusion of the semester, students will be given an interview to assess oral proficiency. The conversational component will be enhanced by students practicing skits and through the use of audio-visual media.
Students' final grade will be determined primarily by the following:
- Quiz average, midterm, and final exam - 50%
- Class participation, oral proficiency, and vocabulary - 20%
- Written assignments - 10%
- Recognition, reading, writing, and comprehension of Kanji -10%
- Attendance - 10%
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:Textbook: A basic Kanji textbook will be used. In addition, instructors may add supplemental material, i.e. "Logical Approach to Japanese Language///" by Kimiko Manes. See Course Syllabus.