Courses

No auditing of language courses. Must be taken for a quality grade.

JAPN 10100 Elementary Modern Japanese-1
Autumn

Terms Offered: Autumn

This is the first year of a four-year program, which is intended to provide students with a thorough grounding in modern Japanese. Students will learn grammar, idiomatic expressions, and vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading and writing. By the end of 10300, the students will be able to survive in Japan by communicating with native speakers to ask and respond to simple questions about predictable, familiar topics related to daily activities. The class meets for five fifty-minute sessions each week. All courses in this sequence must be taken for a quality grade. No auditors permitted. 

JAPN 20100 Intermediate Modern Japanese-1
Autumn

JAPN20100 continues to work on building a solid foundation for basic Japanese language skills while preparing students to progress to an Intermediate level. The emphasis on the spoken language gradually shifts toward reading and writing in JAPN 20200 and 20300, but spoken Japanese continues to be enriched throughout the sequence. Students at this level will be able to handle successfully a variety of uncomplicated communicative tasks in straightforward social situations. The class meets for five fifty-minute sessions each week, conducted mostly in Japanese. All courses in this sequence must be taken for a quality grade. No auditors permitted.

Prerequisite: JAPN 10300 or equivalent, or consent of instructor

JAPN 20405/30100 Advanced Modern Japanese-1
Autumn

The goal is to help students learn to understand authentic written and spoken materials with reasonable ease and to solidify the grammar, vocabulary and kanji foundation built during the students’ study at Elementary and Intermediate Modern Japanese levels. Students will expand their four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) as well as the socio-cultural knowledge they need for communication, thereby easing their transition into Advanced Japanese. The class meets for three eighty-minute sessions each week. All courses in this sequence must be taken for a quality grade. No auditors permitted.

Prerequisite(s): JAPN20300/21300 or equivalent, or consent of instructor

Equivalent Course(s):  JAPN30100

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

This course is intended to improve Japanese reading, speaking, writing, and listening ability to the advanced low 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, reading assignments include academic theses, literary texts, and popular journalism. After each reading, students are encouraged to discuss the topic in class and are required to write their own thoughts on each reading along with a summary. The class meets for two eighty-minute sessions each week. All courses in this sequence must be taken for a quality grade.

Prerequisite(s):  JAPN20403/30300 or equivalent, or consent of instructor

Equivalent Courses(s): JAPN 40500

JAPN 24900/34900 Pre-Modern Japanese: Kindai Bungo 1
O. Porath
Autumn

The course is a systematic introduction to pre-modern and early-modern texts written in classical Japanese (bungo or kogo), the standard written language in Japan up to the beginning of the twentieth century. We will learn and absorb the fundamentals of classical Japanese grammar and engage with some of the core grammatical problematics of the language. Throughout the course students will gain a firm foundation in how the language is constructed, increase their comprehension of the language’s vocabulary, and will familiarize themselves with original texts in prose and poetry alike, including narrative fiction (monogatari), anecdotes (setsuwa), essays (zuihitsu), and traditional Japanese poems (waka). The goal is to acquire a firm foundation in the classical language and to be able to read pre-modern texts with the help of a dictionary, for the purpose of academic research.

 

PQ: JAPN 20300 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.

JAPN 10200 Elementary Modern Japanese-2
Winter

Terms Offered: Winter

Prerequisite(s):  JAPN10100 or equivalent, or consent of instructor

This is the first year of a four-year program, which is intended to provide students with a thorough grounding in modern Japanese. Students will learn grammar, idiomatic expressions, and vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading and writing. By the end of 10300, the students will be able to survive in Japan by communicating with native speakers to ask and respond to simple questions about predictable, familiar topics related to daily activities. The class meets for five fifty-minute sessions each week. All courses in this sequence must be taken for a quality grade. No auditors permitted. 

JAPN 20200 Intermediate Modern Japanese-2
Winter

JAPN20100 continues to work on building a solid foundation for basic Japanese language skills while preparing students to progress to an Intermediate level. The emphasis on the spoken language gradually shifts toward reading and writing in JAPN 20200 and 20300, but spoken Japanese continues to be enriched throughout the sequence. Students at this level will be able to handle successfully a variety of uncomplicated communicative tasks in straightforward social situations. The class meets for five fifty-minute sessions each week, conducted mostly in Japanese. All courses in this sequence must be taken for a quality grade. No auditors permitted.

Prerequisite: JAPN 20100 or equivalent, or consent of instructor

JAPN 20402/30200 Advanced Modern Japanese-2
Winter

The goal is to help students learn to understand authentic written and spoken materials with reasonable ease and to solidify the grammar, vocabulary and kanji foundation built during the students’ study at Elementary and Intermediate Modern Japanese levels. Students will expand their four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) as well as the socio-cultural knowledge they need for communication, thereby easing their transition into Advanced Japanese. The class meets for three eighty-minute sessions each week. All courses in this sequence must be taken for a quality grade. No auditors permitted.

Prerequisite(s):  JAPN20401 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.

Equivalent Course(s):  JAPN30200

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

This course is intended to improve Japanese reading, speaking, writing, and listening ability to the advanced low 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, reading assignments include academic theses, literary texts, and popular journalism. After each reading, students are encouraged to discuss the topic in class and are required to write their own thoughts on each reading along with a summary. The class meets for two eighty-minute sessions each week. All courses in this sequence must be taken for a quality grade.

Prerequisite(s):  JAPN20500 or equivalent, or consent of instructor

Equivalent Courses(s): JAPN 40600

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

This course focuses on learning spoken Japanese through full-length Japanese animated films. To ensure balance in learning, writing and reading materials are also provided. Students at this level are able to handle successfully a variety of uncomplicated communicative tasks in straightforward social situations. The class meets for five fifty-minute sessions each week. All courses in this sequence must be taken for a quality grade. No auditors permitted.

Prerequisite(s):  JAPN20100 or equivalent, or consent of instructor

JAPN 10300 Elementary Modern Japanese-3
Spring

Terms Offered:  Spring

Prerequisite(s): JAPN10200 or equivalent, or consent of instructor

This is the first year of a four-year program, which is intended to provide students with a thorough grounding in modern Japanese. Students will learn grammar, idiomatic expressions, and vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading and writing. By the end of 10300, the students will be able to survive in Japan by communicating with native speakers to ask and respond to simple questions about predictable, familiar topics related to daily activities. The class meets for five fifty-minute sessions each week. All courses in this sequence must be taken for a quality grade. No auditors permitted. 

JAPN 20300 Intermediate Modern Japanese-3
Spring

JAPN20100 continues to work on building a solid foundation for basic Japanese language skills while preparing students to progress to an Intermediate level. The emphasis on the spoken language gradually shifts toward reading and writing in JAPN 20200 and 20300, but spoken Japanese continues to be enriched throughout the sequence. Students at this level will be able to handle successfully a variety of uncomplicated communicative tasks in straightforward social situations. The class meets for five fifty-minute sessions each week, conducted mostly in Japanese. All courses in this sequence must be taken for a quality grade. No auditors permitted.

Prerequisite: JAPN 20200 or equivalent, or consent of instructor

JAPN 20403/30300 Advanced Modern Japanese-3
Spring

The goal is to help students learn to understand authentic written and spoken materials with reasonable ease and to solidify the grammar, vocabulary and kanji foundation built during the students’ study at Elementary and Intermediate Modern Japanese levels. Students will expand their four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) as well as the socio-cultural knowledge they need for communication, thereby easing their transition into Advanced Japanese. The class meets for three eighty-minute sessions each week. All courses in this sequence must be taken for a quality grade. No auditors permitted.

Prerequisite(s):  JAPN20402 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.

Equivalent Course(s):  JAPN30300

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

This course is intended to improve Japanese reading, speaking, writing, and listening ability to the advanced low 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, reading assignments include academic theses, literary texts, and popular journalism. After each reading, students are encouraged to discuss the topic in class and are required to write their own thoughts on each reading along with a summary. The class meets for two eighty-minute sessions each week. All courses in this sequence must be taken for a quality grade.

Prerequisite(s):  JAPN20600 or equivalent, or consent of instructor

Equivalent Courses(s): JAPN 40700

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

This course focuses on learning spoken Japanese through full-length Japanese animated films. To ensure balance in learning, writing and reading materials are also provided. Students at this level are able to handle successfully a variety of uncomplicated communicative tasks in straightforward social situations. The class meets for five fifty-minute sessions each week. All courses in this sequence must be taken for a quality grade. No auditors permitted.

Prerequisite(s):  JAPN21200 or equivalent, or consent of instructor