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Elementary Japanese 2 - 1st year

Continuation of the skills learned in Japanese 1 with an emphasis on advanced grammar and vocabulary. Students must have previous competency in Japanese language. All four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing will be covered.


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

1. Demonstrate understanding of short, learned utterances and some sentence-length utterances, especially where context supports understanding and speech is clear;

2. Identify and demonstrate understanding of basic vocabulary and sentence patterns from various Japanese media e.g., television programs;

3. Produce short statements and ask simple questions that describe one’s surroundings and are useful in common everyday situations;

4. Express simple wants and needs;

5. Ask questions primarily by relying on memorized social formulae and set phrases, with occasional sentence-level expansion to meet the needs of everyday situations;

6. Read hiragana and katakana fluently, as well as over 100 basic kanji;

7. Write hiragana, katakana, and about 100 basic kanji;

8. Compose short letters describing their life and surroundings and simple dairy entries related to everyday life, memo-type notes and diary entries related to those situations described above;

9. Demonstrate culturally appropriate conduct relevant to contextual needs, e.g., gestures, greetings, back channeling, and body language.


Course topics will include the following:

1. Vocabulary

2. Listening

3. Speaking

4. Reading

5. Writing

6. Culture

7. Grammar

Method of Instruction:

1. Lecture

2. Discussion

3. Group/pair work

4. Modeling/role play

5. Language lab

6. Viewing Japanese language videos

Types of Assignments:

1. Language lab or take home language tapes

2. Textbook exercises

3. Vocabulary study

4. Writing assignments

5. Prepared and spontaneous oral production

6. Interviewing Japanese students

Sample Text:

1. Situational and Functional Japanese, Volume One Notes. Tokyo: Bojinsha Co., 1991