ASIANLAN 128 - Mastering the Basics of Kanji: Learning Strategies and Orthography
Section: 002
Term: WN 2012
Subject: Asian Languages (ASIANLAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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Enforced Prerequisites:
ASIANLAN 125 or above with a minimum grade of C-.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course is designed for students who are interested in learning kanji (Chinese characters) effectively, improving their existing kanji skills, and mastering proper Japanese handwriting. The course presents two main strategies pursuant to the study of kanji:learning methodologies and Japanese calligraphy. These effective learning techniques help to facilitate the acquisition of kanji proficiency and, thus, supplement learning in regular Japanese courses.

This course focuses in the following five aspects of kanji learning:

  • understanding basic structures and components of kanji;
  • mastering proper balance and stroke order to write kanji;
  • developing the ability to pay close attention to details of kanji including “stop,” “(hook),” and “release;”
  • developing the ability to recognize pronunciations and meanings of kanji based on their radicals (the ideographic and phonetic building blocks of kanji); and
  • developing students’ own strategies to memorize familiar and unfamiliar kanji efficiently and effectively.

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    Intended Audience:

    Any students currently taking or who have taken Japanese can register for this course. The course, however, is designed for students who have experienced difficulties learning kanji. It’s meant to be a supplement for students who are facing difficulties with their regular Japanese courses due to struggles with kanji.

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  • ASIANLAN 128 - Mastering the Basics of Kanji: Learning Strategies and Orthography
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    Tu 2:30PM - 4:00PM
    002 (REC)
    Th 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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