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

JAPN 20100 Intermediate Modern Japanese I

Terms Offered: Autumn

Prerequisite: JAPN 10300 or equivalent, or consent of instructor

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.

JAPN 20405/30100 Advanced Modern Japanese-1
Autumn

JAPN20401.  Advanced Modern Japanese I. 100 Units

Term Offered:  Autumn

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

Equivalent Course(s):  JAPN30100

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.

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

JAPN 20500. Fourth-Year Modern Japanese I. 100 Units

Terms Offered:  Autumn

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

Equivalent Courses(s): JAPN 40500

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.

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

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

JAPN 20200 Intermediate Modern Japanese II

Terms Offered: Winter

Prerequisite: JAPN 20100 or equivalent, or consent of instructor

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.

JAPN 20402/30200 Advanced Modern Japanese-2
Winter

JAPN20402.  Advanced Modern Japanese II. 100 Units

Term Offered:  Winter

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

Equivalent Course(s):  JAPN30200

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.

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

JAPN 20600. Fourth-Year Modern Japanese II. 100 Units

 Terms Offered:  Winter

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

  Equivalent Courses(s): JAPN 40600

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.

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

JAPN 21200. Intermediate Modern Japanese through Japanimation I. 100 Units

  Terms Offered:  Winter

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

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.

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

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

JAPN 20300 Intermediate Modern Japanese III

Terms Offered: Spring

Prerequisite: JAPN 20200 or equivalent, or consent of instructor

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.

JAPN 20403/30300 Advanced Modern Japanese-3
Spring

JAPN20403.  Advanced Modern Japanese III. 100 Units

Term Offered:  Spring

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

Equivalent Course(s):  JAPN30300

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.

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

JAPN 20700. Fourth-Year Modern Japanese III. 100 Units

   Terms Offered:  Spring

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

   Equivalent Courses(s): JAPN 40700

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.

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

JAPN 21300. Intermediate Modern Japanese through Japanimation II. 100 Units

  Terms Offered:  Spring

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

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.

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

The course is a systematic introduction to pre-modern texts written in classical Japanese (bungo or kogo), the standard written language in Japan up to the early twentieth century. We will focus on the fundamentals of grammar as well as read original texts dating primarily to the medieval period. The goal is to acquire a firm foundation in bungo and to be able to read pre-modern texts with the help of a dictionary.

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