Courses

JAPN 10100 Elementary Modern Japanese-1
Autumn

Must be taken for a quality grade. No auditors permitted. This is the first year of a three-year program, which is intended to provide students with a thorough grounding in modern Japanese. Grammar, idiomatic expressions, and vocabulary are learned through oral work, reading, and writing in and out of class. Daily practice in speaking, listening, reading, and writing is crucial. Students should plan to continue their language study through at least the second-year level to make their skills practical. The class meets for five fifty-minute sessions a week.

JAPN 20100 Intermediate Modern Japanese-1
Autumn

PQ: JAPN 10300 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Must be taken for a quality grade. No auditors permitted. The emphasis on spoken language in the first half of the course gradually shifts toward reading and writing in the latter half. Classes conducted mostly in Japanese. The class meets for five fifty-minute sessions a week.

JAPN 20405/30100 Advanced Modern Japanese-1
Autumn

PQ: JAPN 20300 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Must be taken for a quality grade. The third year marks the end of the basic modern language study. Our goal is to help students learn to understand authentic written and spoken materials with reasonable ease. The texts are all authentic materials with some study aids. Classes conducted in Japanese. The class meets for three eighty-minute sessions a week.

JAPN 20500/40500 Fourth-Year Modern Japanese-1
Autumn

PQ: JAPN 30300 or equivalent. This course is intended to improve Japanese reading, speaking, writing, and listening ability to the advanced high level as measured by the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Proficiency Guidelines. Weekly assignments require students to tackle modern Japanese texts of varying length and difficulty. Organized around a range of thought-provoking themes (from brain death and organ transplants to Japanese values on work and religion), reading assignments include academic theses in psychology and anthropology, literary texts, and popular journalism. After each reading, students are encouraged to discuss the topic in class. Videos/DVDs are used to improve listening comprehension skills. There are also writing assignments. The class meets for two eighty-minute sessions a week.

JAPN 30800 Reading Scholarly Japense-1
Autumn

Prerequisite: JAPN 20300 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.  This course focuses on reading of scholarly Japanese materials that will enable students to read academic Japanese. The materials are selected from a wide range of disciplines by the instructor and by students.

JAPN 10200 Elementary Modern Japanese-2
Winter

PQ: JAPN 10100 or placement. Must be taken for a quality grade. No auditors permitted. This is the first year of a three-year program, which is intended to provide students with a thorough grounding in modern Japanese. Grammar, idiomatic expressions, and vocabulary are learned through oral work, reading, and writing in and out of class. Daily practice in speaking, listening, reading, and writing is crucial. Students should plan to continue their language study through at least the second-year level to make their skills practical. The class meets for five fifty-minute sessions a week.

JAPN 20200 Intermediate Modern Japanese-2
Winter

PQ: JAPN 20100 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Must be taken for a quality grade. No auditors permitted. The emphasis on spoken language in the first half of the course gradually shifts toward reading and writing in the latter half. Classes conducted mostly in Japanese. The class meets for five fifty-minute sessions a week.

JAPN 20402/30200 Advanced Modern Japanese-2
Winter

PQ: JAPN 30100 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Must be taken for a quality grade. The third year marks the end of the basic modern language study. Our goal is to help students learn to understand authentic written and spoken materials with reasonable ease. The texts are all authentic materials with some study aids. Classes conducted in Japanese. The class meets for three eighty-minute sessions a week.

JAPN 20500/40600 Fourth-Year Modern Japanese-2
Winter

PQ: JAPN 40500 or equivalent. This course is intended to improve Japanese reading, speaking, writing, and listening ability to the advanced high level as measured by the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Proficiency Guidelines. Weekly assignments require students to tackle modern Japanese texts of varying length and difficulty. Organized around a range of thought-provoking themes (from brain death and organ transplants to Japanese values on work and religion), reading assignments include academic theses in psychology and anthropology, literary texts, and popular journalism. After each reading, students are encouraged to discuss the topic in class. Videos/DVDs are used to improve listening comprehension skills. There are also writing assignments. The class meets for two eighty-minute sessions a week.

JAPN 21200 Intermediate Modern Japanese through Japanimation"-1. "
Winter

PQ: JAPN 21100 or consent of instructor. This course focuses on learning spoken Japanese that is aimed at native speakers. Our goals are to get students accustomed to that sort of authentic Japanese and to enable them to speak with high fluency. To keep the balance, writing and reading materials are provided. Students are encouraged to watch videos and practice their speaking.

JAPN 30900 Reading Scholarly Japanese-2
Hiroyoshi Noto
Winter

PQ: JAPN 20300 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.  This course focuses on reading of scholarly Japanese materials that will enable students to read academic Japanese. The materials are selected from a wide range of disciplines by the instructor and by students.

 

Equivalent course:  JAPN 20900

JAPN 10300 Elementary Modern Japanese-3
Spring

PQ: JAPN 10200 or consent of instructor. Must be taken for a quality grade. No auditors permitted. This is the first year of a three-year program, which is intended to provide students with a thorough grounding in modern Japanese. Grammar, idiomatic expressions, and vocabulary are learned through oral work, reading, and writing in and out of class. Daily practice in speaking, listening, reading, and writing is crucial. Students should plan to continue their language study through at least the second-year level to make their skills practical. The class meets for five fifty-minute sessions a week.

JAPN 20300 Intermediate Modern Japanese-3
Spring

PQ: JAPN 20200 or consent of instructor. Must be taken for a quality grade. No auditors permitted. The emphasis on spoken language in the first half of the course gradually shifts toward reading and writing in the latter half. Classes conducted mostly in Japanese. The class meets for five fifty-minute sessions a week.

JAPN 20403/30300 Advanced Modern Japanese-3
Spring

PQ: JAPN 30200 or equivalent or consent of instructor. Must be taken for a quality grade. The third year marks the end of the basic modern language study. Our goal is to help students learn to understand authentic written and spoken materials with reasonable ease. The texts are all authentic materials with some study aids. Classes conducted in Japanese. The class meets for three eighty-minute sessions a week.

JAPN 20700/40700 Fourth-Year Modern Japanese-3
Spring

PQ: JAPN 40600 or consent of instructor. This course is intended to improve Japanese reading, speaking, writing, and listening ability to the advanced high level as measured by the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Proficiency Guidelines. Weekly assignments require students to tackle modern Japanese texts of varying length and difficulty. Organized around a range of thought-provoking themes (from brain death and organ transplants to Japanese values on work and religion), reading assignments include academic theses in psychology and anthropology, literary texts, and popular journalism. After each reading, students are encouraged to discuss the topic in class. Videos/DVDs are used to improve listening comprehension skills. There are also writing assignments. The class meets for two eighty-minute sessions a week.

JAPN 21300 Intermediate Modern Japanese through Japanimation"-2. "
Spring

PQ: JAPN 21200 or consent of instructor. This course focuses on learning spoken Japanese that is aimed at native speakers. Our goals are to get students accustomed to that sort of authentic Japanese and to enable them to speak with high fluency. To keep the balance, writing and reading materials are provided. Students are encouraged to watch videos and practice their speaking.