ASIANLAN 123 - First-Year Japanese through Anime and Manga
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Asian Languages (ASIANLAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in ASIANLAN 125, ASIANLAN 126, ASIANLAN 127.
Waitlist Capacity:
Enforced Prerequisites:
Placement of ASIANLAN 123 on an exam given by the Japanese Language Program.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

ASIANLAN 123 is the first half of the first-year Japanese course taught through various types of media, mainly anime and manga. It is designed for students who have some previous knowledge of Japanese (hiragana/katakana recognition), but less than the equivalent of one year’s study of Japanese at the University of Michigan. The course will incorporate at length various media forms into class activities to improve students’ language skills, as well as to help students have fun. This approach will increase familiarity with aspects of both traditional and modern Japanese culture that are necessary for language competency. This course also encourages students to become autonomous language learners by providing online tools for self-learning (e.g. vocabulary practice games) and personalized tasks that students may design on their own (e.g. drawing original manga).

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Develop a repertoire of vocabulary and basic sentence patterns that will allow them to speak about themselves and topics of personal relevance solely in Japanese.
  • Develop basic pragmatic and socio-cultural skills to gain basic understanding of the manga /anime / movie that they like.
  • Master the hiragana and katakana writing systems and 90 kanji (Chinese characters)
  • Use written symbols to read parts of manga and prepared texts, and to write about themselves and topics of personal relevance.

Course Requirements:

Attendance, Class Performance & Participation, Assignments, Personalized Projects, Quizzes & Lesson Tests, Final Written & Oral Exam and Final Project

Intended Audience:

Students across many disciplines who would like to start learning Japanese. The course is not designed for native speakers who: 1) Speak Japanese as first language 2) Completed their high school education at an institution where the language of instruction is Japanese only.

Class Format:


ASIANLAN 123 - First-Year Japanese through Anime and Manga
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001 (REC)
MWF 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 4789014401
Shoky? Nihongo : genki., Author: Banno Eri ... [et al.]., Publisher: The Japan Times Second edi 2011
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