Courses

First-Year Japanese

Japn 101 – First-Year Japanese (I) – Fall, 5cr

Lessons 1-6 of Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese are covered. Basic sentence structures, basic vocabulary/expressions as well as the writing system (both hiragana and katakana) are introduced. In addition, approximately 60 kanji characters are introduced.

Textbooks

Banno, Eri, Yutaka Ohno, Yoko Sakane, and Chikako Shinagawa. 1999. Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese [volume 1]. Tokyo: Japan Times. [both the textbook and the workbook]

Japn 102 – First-Year Japanese (II) – Winter, 5cr

Prerequisite: JAPN 101

Continuation of JAPN 101: Lessons 7-12 of Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese are covered. Approximately 80 new kanji characters are introduced (Cumulative number from JAPN 101 = 140 characters).

Textbooks

Banno, Eri, Yutaka Ohno, Yoko Sakane, and Chikako Shinagawa. 1999. Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese [volume 1]. Tokyo: Japan Times. [both the textbook and the workbook]

Japn 103 – First-Year Japanese (III) – Spring, 5cr

Prerequisite: JAPN 102

Continuation of JAPN 102: Lessons 13-18 of Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese are covered. Approximately 80 new kanji characters are introduced (Cumulative number from JAPN 101 = 220 characters).

Textbooks

Banno, Eri, Yutaka Ohno, Yoko Sakane, and Chikako Shinagawa. 1999. Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese [volume 2] . Tokyo: Japan Times. [both the textbook and the workbook]

Japn 104 – Review of Elementary Japanese – Fall, 5cr

Prerequisite: Two years of high school Japanese; proficiency in hiragana, katakana, and 150 basic kanji

This course is designed for students with two years of high school Japanese or equivalent to prepare them for the intermediate level through review and development of basic structure and vocabulary. Also for students needing a review of the first year. Lessons 1-24 of Foundations of Japanese Language are covered in one quarter.

Textbooks

Soga, Matsuo and Noriko Matsumoto. 1978. Foundations of Japanese Language. Tokyo: Taishukan.

Soga, Matsuo and Michiko Yusa. 1989. Basic Kanji. Tokyo: Taishukan.

Second-Year Japanese

Japn 201 – Second-Year Japanese (I) – Fall, 4cr

Prerequisite: JAPN 103

Lessons 19-23 of Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese are covered. Approximately 70 new kanji characters are introduced (Cumulative number from JAPN 101 = 290 characters).

Textbooks

Banno, Eri, Yutaka Ohno, Yoko Sakane, and Chikako Shinagawa. 1999. Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese [volume 2] . Tokyo: Japan Times. [both the textbook and the workbook]

Japn 202 – Second-Year Japanese (II) – Winter, 4cr

Textbooks

Japn 201/202 – Second-Year Japanese – Winter, 8cr

Prerequisite: Japn104

This course is desigend for those who have finished Japn104 in the fall quarter. Two-quarter worth of material is covered in one quarter. Lessons 25-30 of Fundations of Japanese Language and Lessons 1-5 of Standard Japanese are covered. After successful completion of this course, the students "merge" with other second-year level students in Japn203 classes.

Textbooks

Soga, Matsuo and Noriko Matsumoto. 1978. Foundations of Japanese Language. Tokyo: Taishukan.

Soga, Matsuo and Michiko Yusa. 1989. Basic Kanji. Tokyo: Taishukan.

Soga, Matsuo, Yoko Koyama, and Mieko Ohso. 1987. Standard Japanese. Tokyo: Taishukan.

Japn 203 – Second-Year Japanese (III) – Spring, 4cr

Prerequisite: JAPN 202

Lessons 6-9 of Standard Japanese are covered. Approximately 60 new kanji characters are introduced (Cumulative number from JAPN 101 = 310 characters).

Textbooks

Soga, Matsuo, Yoko Koyama, and Mieko Ohso. 1987. Standard Japanese. Tokyo: Taishukan.

Third-Year Japanese

Japn 301 – Third-Year Japanese (I) – Fall, 4cr

Japn 302 – Third-Year Japanese (II) – Winter, 4cr

Japn 303 – Third-Year Japanese (III) – Winter, 4cr

Fourth-Year Japanese

Japn 401 – Advanced Japanese – Fall, 4cr

Japn 402 – Topics in Japanese Literature – Winter, 4cr

Prerequisite: JAPN 401 or equivalent

This is a seminar, conducted entirely in Japanese, and is required of students majoring in Japanese. Advanced reading materials in Japanese literature are introduced, according to the class discussion schedule. The topic of the seminar varies according to the instructor.

Japn 403 – Topics in Japanese Thought – Spring, 4cr

Prerequisite: JAPN 401 or equivalent

This is a seminar, conducted entirely in Japanese, and is required of students majoring gin Japanese. Students are introduced to advanced materials in Japanese thought, according to the class discussion schedule. The topic of the seminar varies according to the instructor. This is a writing intensive course.

Other Courses

Japn 280 – Kanji – Fall, Winter, Spring; 2r

Students learn 50 kanji characters a week.

Textbooks

Heising. 1992. Remembering the Kanji (Vol. I), Tokyo: Taishukan.

Japn 305 – Japanese Conversation – Summer, 3cr; New

Japn 314 – Japanese Phonetics – Spring, 4cr

Japn 330 – Japanese Culture Through Film – 4cr

Japn 350 – Japanese Culture, History, Society – 4cr

Prerequisite: JAPN 301

This is a survey course that covers a broad scope of Japanese history, culture, and society. It will be taught in Japanese but will include some readings and instruction in English when deemed appropriate. It is a requirement for students pursuing a major in Japanese, but other interested students may enroll with the permission of the instructor if space permits. Specific course contents vary according to instructors.

Japn 417/Ling 402 – Japanese Linguistics – Irregular, 4cr

Prerequisite: LING 201 or equlivalent

A linguistic survey of various aspects of the Japanese Language. This course does not presuppose previous exposure to Japanese, but it does presuppose basics of linguistics.

Textbooks

Required: Tsujimura, Natsuko. 2007. An Introduction to Japanese Linguistics (2nd edition), Oxford, UK: Blackwell [ISBN: 978-1-4051-1065-5].

Optional: Shibatani, Masayoshi. 1990. Languages of Japan, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press [ISBN: 0-521-36918-5].

Japn 425 – Teaching-Learning Process in Elementary Japanese – 2cr

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