ASIANLAN 124 - Accelerated Elementary Japanese
Section: 001
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Asian Languages (ASIANLAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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May not be repeated for credit.
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This course is designed to enhance the four basic communication skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) in modern Japanese that students have previously developed through lower-level high school coursework, their own individual or tutored study, or heritage that learned Japanese at home. Students placed into this class will have had some exposure to or knowledge of Japanese but not enough to warrant a placement in a higher level course. The emphasis of this course on the thorough mastery of the basic structure of the Japanese language that is necessary for effective communication in Japanese.

ASIANLAN 124 will concentrate on the following:

  1. understanding and mastering appropriate use of basic grammar;
  2. mastering appropriate use of vocabulary and expressions in context;
  3. acquiring basic pragmatic and sociocultural skills;
  4. acquiring comprehensive reading skills in regard to simple essays;
  5. understanding daily conversations;
  6. writing short compositions;
  7. mastery of Hiragana, Katakana, and approximately 58 Kanji.

It is expected that, by the end of the fall academic term, students will have basic speaking and listening comprehension skills, a solid grasp of the basic grammar, and the reading and writing skills in Hiragana, Katakana, and approximately 58 Kanji in context.

ASIANLAN 124 students can continue on to ASIANLAN 126 with the students who have passed ASIANLAN 125 and finish first-year Japanese together at the end of the Winter academic term.

Crs Requirements: Exams (Midterm & Final) comprise grammar points emphasized in the various lessons; oral interviews; listening comprehension; and reading/writing. The oral interviews may occur outside of the scheduled class period. Quizzes (both vocabulary and Kanji) for each lesson will be given during the first 5-10 min of class. Lesson tests (lasting 50 minutes) will be given four times during the academic term. Students must actively participate in class in order to learn Japanese and improve their language skills. Students' participation in classroom activities, pair-work, dialogue presentation, answering questions, cooperation, and general attitude will be taken into consideration when grading.

Assignments include:

  1. Kanji practice sheets;
  2. listening comprehension;
  3. grammar and reading exercise sheets;
  4. compositions; and
  5. speech presentations at the end of the academic term.

Intended Audience: Students across many disciplines who have a little background in Japanese language but are not yet ready to be placed into a higher-level course (i.e., ASIANLAN 126 or ASIANLAN 225).

Class Format: Small class that integrates the traditional lecture and recitation components. Meets 3 hours per week.

ASIANLAN 124 - Accelerated Elementary Japanese
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001 (REC)
MWF 9:00AM - 10:00AM
003 (REC)
MWF 2:00PM - 3:00PM
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