ASIANLAN 128 - Japanese Kanji and Calligraphy: Learning Strategies and Orthography
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Asian Languages (ASIANLAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
One of ASIANLAN 126, 127, or 129 or RCLANG 196, completed with a minimum grade of C- or better.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course is designed for students who are interested in learning kanji (Chinese characters), improving their existing kanji skills, and mastering proper Japanese handwriting. The course presents two main strategies pursuant to the study of kanji: Japanese calligraphy and learning methodologies. Through these methods, students will acquire greater proficiency in reading and writing kanji, and greater proficiency in Japanese overall.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  • Recognize basic structures and components of kanji.
  • Demonstrate proper balance and stroke order when writing kanji.
  • Recall stylistic details of kanji, including “stops,” hooks,” and “releases” in calligraphy and handwriting.
  • Recall the various pronunciations and meanings of kanji based on their radicals (ideographic and phonetic building blocks of kanji).
  • Use strategies developed in the course to efficiently and effectively memorize new kanji.

Course Requirements:

Attendance, class participation, in-class assignments, homework assignments, quizzes, and projects

Intended Audience:

Any students currently taking, or who have taken, Japanese can register for this course. However, the course is designed to provide additional support to students struggling with kanji in their regular Japanese course(s).

ASIANLAN 128 - Japanese Kanji and Calligraphy: Learning Strategies and Orthography
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001 (REC)
Th 4:00PM - 6:00PM
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