First Year Japanese - First Term
Course Number: JPN 101
Transcript Title: First Year Japanese
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 18, 2015
Total Credits: 5
Lecture Hours: 50
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0
Approved delivery mode:
Introduces Japanese language and culture. Emphasizes effective communicative skills in written and spoken language. Examines the practice, product and perspective of Japanese culture. The first course of a three-course sequence. Audit available.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Apply basic understanding of the nature of tonal Japanese language in tone and pitch.
- Exchange basic greetings and communicate in predictable settings with appropriate vocabulary.
- Apply basic cultural understandings and recognize cultural values when interacting with native speakers of Japanese and authentic texts.
- Use an understanding of basic Japanese syntactic system to read and compose simple colloquial Japanese texts in Japanese Kana syllabaries.
Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes
|In-depth||1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)|
|2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)|
|3. Apply the knowledge, skills and abilities to enter and succeed in a defined profession or advanced academic program. (Professional Competence)|
|4. Appreciate cultural diversity and constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)|
|5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)|
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Students will be assessed by any combination of the following:
- Active participation in class.
- Individual presentations.
- Contextual written tasks (in or outside of class) to assess reading, writing, cultural, and aural competencies, including reading and and writing of syllabaries.
- Oral interviews with partner or instructor.
- In class, interactive student role-plays.
Course Activities and Design
The course is taught in an immersion-style requiring various levels of collaboration, creativity, and critical-thinking skills;the course is designed to help student develop the control of their learning and respect toward different cultures through hands-on activities:
- One-to-one interviews are graded against a rubric that assesses complexity, comprehensibility, comprehension, fluency, accuracy, and effort.
- Project presentations are graded against a rubric that assesses content, organization, creativity, fluency, accuracy, word choice, and voice.
- Individual or small activities require self-discipline, cultural literacy, and collaborations in a community-like learning environment.
- Japanese word-processing, which enhances critical-thinking will be taught.
- Multicultural activities outside the class may be added. (ex. international festival; field trip; collaboration with another class, etc.)
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Include all or most of the following:
- Greetings, introductions and leave-takings
- Age, birth month, and nationality
- Location, provinces and towns within Tokyo district
- Japanese last names
- Time, weather, telephone numbers and price
- Academic subjects and majors
- Verbs in non-past, mid-level formal speech or Masu-form
- Verbs in past, mid-level formal speech, Masu-form
- Numbers, native Japanese and Sino-Japanese system
- Single particles
- Predicate using the Copula
- Verbs in gerund
- Personal pronouns and demonstrative pronouns
Competencies and Skills
- Manages introductions, leave taking, and basic formulaic exchanges including comments on weather in a culturally appropriate manner.
- Exchanges basic personal information.
- Expresses time, telephone numbers, price, and days of the week.
- Makes statements about daily activities, and likes and dislikes.
- Expresses future activities.
- Expresses past activities.
- Recognizes basic linguistic and cultural differences between non-Indo-European and Indo-European worlds.
- Formulates simple questions and answers.
- Identifies and names people and objects.
- Writes lists and discrete sentences using syllabaries and a few Kanji.
- Reads for general meanings in texts using some cognates.
Materials on cultural literacy and social responsibility are either in English or a mixture of Japanese and English. In-depth discussions are done in English.