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JPNE 121 Beginning Japanese

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    tsuda, Fujiwara, staff, AkikoHarada, ChihiroNagasue, HitomiOketani, Hirokie Tanabe, Kyoko Kawase
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    Great Intro to the Subject

    Many Small Assignments

    Competitive Classmates

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    Jan 10, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Kawase-sensee is one of the best teachers that I have had the pleasure of having. Her constant reinforcement style of teaching, along with her sense of humor, makes the 5-days-a-week class something I look forward to. She is always willing to work with students and listens when the class voices they are struggling.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course were the comedic way we learned. For instance, we occasionally watched role-play videos, in which the acting was completely horrendous, but it made us laugh and learn at the same time. I learned basic Japanese introductions, vocabulary, and how to read and write the language.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Showing up most days is needed for a good understanding of the course. You don't need to study horribly hard if you show up for class, but a bit of review everyday is necessary for success.

    • Fall 2016
    • Kyoko Kawase
    • Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments Great Discussions
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    Jan 09, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Kawase-Sensei was one of the best language teachers I've ever had! She always keeps the class interested and answers all of our questions.

    Course highlights:

    From this course, I learned to read and write all kana and about 20 kanji. Learning kanji was my favorite as it is the foundation of all sentence structure.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Look for similarities between vocab words to help you remember each one. Make flashcards and highlight components shared between words.

    • Winter 2015
    • Kyoko Kawase
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Participation Counts Competitive Classmates
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    Aug 08, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    It is a very challenging course, however Tanabe- sensei's teaching methods sets a more serene mood for the class. Also he's a student teacher who isn't much older than the students so he's able to relate better and put concepts into ways we would understand. The students also interact with each other during class everyday in activities. This allows you to not only make new friends but also have partners to speak to.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course would be all of the friends I was able to make. Coming in as a freshman in college can be difficult, especially if you don't know anyone. However in this course everyone has to communicate with each other and work together. While doing this you learn so much about them primarily due to the fact in this course you are mostly taught how to ask questions about likes, interest, hobbies, and more.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    My only advice to give new students is not to be afraid to say that you don't understand. It's not a bad thing to not understand, in fact the teachers want you to ask questions and not only would they help you but also your peers will too.

    • Fall 2015
    • Hirokie Tanabe
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Many Small Assignments Group Projects

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