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First Year Japanese - Second Term

Course Number: JPN 102
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:


JPN 101 or instructor permission

Course Description

Introduces Japanese language and culture, emphasizing effective communicative skills in written and spoken language. Includes the practice, product and perspective of Japanese culture. The second course of a three-course sequence. Prerequisite: JPN 101 or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply an understanding of the nature of tonal Japanese language in tone and pitch.
  2. Exchange daily greetings and communicate in semi-predictable settings with appropriate vocabulary.
  3. Apply common cultural understandings and recognize cultural values when interacting with native speakers of Japanese and authentic texts.
  4. Use an understanding of basic Japanese syntactic system to read and compose simple colloquial Japanese texts in Japanese Kana syllabaries and simple Kanji characters.

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:

  1. Active participation in class
  2. Individual presentations
  3. Contextual written tasks (in or outside of class) to assess reading, writing, cultural, and aural competencies, as well as quizzes over syllabaries and Kanji
  4. Oral interviews with partner or instructor
  5. 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:

  1. One-to-one interviews are graded against a rubric that assesses complexity, comprehensibility, comprehension, fluency, accuracy, and effort.
  2. Project presentations are graded against a rubric that assesses content, organization, creativity, fluency, accuracy, word choice, and voice.
  3. Individual or small activities require self-discipline, cultural literacy, and collaborations in a community-like learning environment.
  4. Japanese word-processing, which enhances critical-thinking will be taught.
  5. 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)

Includes all or most of the following:

  1. Interrogatives
  2. Personal pronouns and demonstrative pronouns
  3. Academic subjects and majors
  4. Physical and personality descriptions
  5. Numbers of native Japanese system, Sino-Japanese system and counters
  6. Verbs in non-past, informal speech, affirmative
  7. Positional words
  8. Verbs in past, mid-level formal speech
  9. Verbs in non-past, mid-level formal speech
  10. Single particles
  11. Predicate using the Copula, i-adjectives and na-adjectives
  12. Verbs in gerund
  13. Daily and weekend activities
  14. Telephone conversations
  15. Invitations in a culturally appropriate manner
  16. Conjunctions and disjunctive conjunctions

Competencies and Skills

  1. Exchanges basic personal information using a few basic polite forms of noun.
  2. Expresses existence for animate and inanimate objects and locations.
  3. Discusses about community indicating locations.
  4. Describes self and others: personality and physical attributes.
  5. Makes statements about daily activities, and likes and dislikes.
  6. States date and extends an invitation.
  7. Makes a telephone call in a culturally appropriate manner.
  8. Recognizes basic linguistic and cultural differences between non-Indo-European and Indo-European worlds.
  9. Writes lists and discrete sentences using syllabaries and 50 Kanji.
  10. Reads for general meanings in texts using some cognates.
  11. Recognizes tones and pitches that is specific to Japanese.
  12. Writes sentences expressing sequential actions or events.