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Second Year Japanese - Second Term

Course Number: JPN 202
Transcript Title: Second Year Japanese
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 19, 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 201 or instructor permission

Course Description

Expands study of Japanese language and culture, emphasizing effective communicative skills in written and spoken language. Adds the new practices, products and perspectives of Japanese culture. The second course of a three-course sequence of second-year Japanese. Prerequisite: JPN 201 or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

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

  1. Apply broader cultural understandings and recognize Japanese cultural values to interact with native speakers of Japanese and authentic texts.
  2. Employ an understanding of the Japanese syntactic system to read and compose more colloquial Japanese texts in Japanese Kana syllabaries and complex Kanji characters.
  3. Use intermediate-level Japanese grammatical structures and vocabulary to acquire information in more natural settings.
  4. Use effective communicative skills to interact with native speakers of Japanese by managing both mid-level formal and some informal levels of speech.

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. Various writing assignments are graded against a rubric that assesses organization, critical-thinking, voice, accuracy, complexity, fluency, and word choice.

Multicultural activities outside the class may be added. (ex. international festival; field trip; collaboration with another class, etc.)  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.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Includes all or most of the following:

  1. Shops and stores
  2. Colors
  3. Shopping
  4. Clothes
  5. Travel
  6. Transportation and schedules
  7. Sightseeing and travel planning
  8. Describing situations using Dake
  9. Transportation and schedules
  10. Making a suggestion using Tara Ii
  11. Temporal clauses ending in Toki
  12. Indefinite pronoun: No
  13. Conditional using Tara
  14. Commands
  15. Giving reasons using ...Shi, ...Shi
  16. Using the particle Ni to express purpose
  17. The adverbial use of adjectives

Competencies and Skills

  1. States when something happens
  2. Makes if-then statements
  3. Expresses purpose
  4. Reports hearsay
  5. States whether or not something is true
  6. Supports opinions
  7. Describes level of difficulty of situations
  8. States decisions to do something
  9. Describes a conditional state
  10. States admonishment and prohibition
  11. Describes sequential events using concepts of before or after
  12. Expresses obligation or duty
  13. Writes short paragraphs using syllabaries and 120 Kanji