Time: 11:00-11:50am, Mon., Tue., Wed., and Thu. (Section 003)
Classroom: New West Rm0103
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Office: Smith 05
Mondays and Tuesdays 1:00-2:00pm and by appointment
Final Exam: December 9, Friday 11:00am-2:00pm (New West Rm0103)
Textbooks and Materials:
GENKI Textbook: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese I [Second Edition]
The Japan Times, 2011, ISBN 978-4-7890-1440-3
GENKI Workbook: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Workbook I [Second
The Japan Times, 2011, ISBN: 978-4-7890-1441-0
Kodansha’s Furigana Japanese Dictionary: Japanese-English, English-Japanese
Kodansha International, ISBN: 4770024800
A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar
and Michio Tsutsui
The Japan Times, ISBN10: 4789004546, ISBN13: 978-4789004541)
All the other necessary materials and internet websites will be posted on Sakai
You sometimes need to print out some materials for class when
your instructor asks you to do so.
Course description and objectives:
This is a beginning level course in Japanese for students who have no or very little prior
experience in the language.
A multi-skill approach will be adopted in teaching, giving equal
emphasis to the training of standard pronunciation, listening comprehension, grammar and
By the end of this course, you will be able to communicate with basic
vocabulary and sentences in Japanese such as introducing yourself, asking directions, expressing
likes and dislikes, ordering food, shopping and so on.
You will also learn Hiragana, Katakana
and 60 Kanji through the semester and be able to write short paragraph such as about yourself
and your daily routines.
Through the semester, you will also be introduced many aspects of
Language learning is calmative. Therefore, I strongly encourage you to study vocabulary,
grammar, Kanji, etc. every day.
Previewing and reviewing the materials that you learn in class
every day is crucial in order to keep up in class and succeed in this course
. Make a habit to check
the bi-monthly schedule everyday to know, what you are going to learn, what you have leaned
and also keep up your study habits. In order to know what you do not understand, reviewing is
also important. Your instructor will introduce some learning strategies and tools throughout the
semester so that you can get involved and become responsible for your own learning!