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 20401/30100 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 24900/34900 Pre-Modern Japanese: Kindai Bungo-1
Autumn

PQ: JAPN 20300 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. This course focuses on the reading of scholarly Japanese materials with the goal of enabling students to do independent research in Japanese after the course's completion. Readings are from historical materials written in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

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 19000/39000 Introduction to Classical Japanese
Winter

Introduction to the grammar and style of premodern Japanese through a variety of literary texts. Emphasis will be placed on extensive grammatical analysis and translation. Work with original manuscripts will also be introduced as the course progresses.

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 24901/34901 Pre-Modern Japanese: Kindai Bungo-2
Winter

PQ: JAPN 20300 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. This course focuses on the reading of scholarly Japanese materials with the goal of enabling students to do independent research in Japanese after the course's completion. Readings are from historical materials written in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

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.

JAPN 24902/34902 Pre-Modern Japanese: Kindai Bungo-3
Spring

PQ: JAPN 20300 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. This course focuses on the reading of scholarly Japanese materials with the goal of enabling students to do independent research in Japanese after the course's completion. Readings are from historical materials written in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.