JAPN - Japanese

JAPN 101 - Elementary Japanese I

This course teaches fundamentals of spoken and written language, including real-life situational contexts of greetings, shopping, counting, explaining daily activities, requesting, making plans, and invitations. Students also will learn Japan's three writing systems; hiragana, katakana, and kanji (Chineses characters). Class and laboratory. Language level and subsequent course placement will be determined by the Foreign Languages & Literatures Department.

JAPN 102 - Elementary Japanese II

This course continues teaching fundamentals of spoken and written language, including real-life contexts of explaining situations, expressing opinions and medical symptoms, comparing items, requesting, introducing family members, and making holiday plans.Students will learn more colloquial expressions by using various patterns and continue studying kanji (Chinese characters). Class and laboratory. Language level and subsequent course placement will be determined by the Foreign Languages & Literatures Department. [H]

Prerequisite
JAPN 101 or equivalent proficiency

JAPN 111 - Intermediate Japanese I

This course reviews and expands the basic structure patterns and vocabulary from Elementary Japanese with increasing emphasis on reading. More elaborate social and ritual exchanges, as well as casual speech, are developed including real-life contexts of looking for a part-time job, sending a present, planning a trip, dealing with the Lost and Found, and grumbling or gossiping. Continued study of kanji (Chinese characters). Class and laboratory. Language level and subsequent course placement will be determined by the Foreign Languages & Literatures Department. [H]

Prerequisite
JAPN 102 or equivalent proficiency

JAPN 112 - Intermediate Japanese II

This course continues expanding the basic structure patterns and vocabulary with increasing emphasis on reading. More elaborate social and ritual exchanges as well as honorific/humble speech and passive/causative speech. Real-life contexts are based on business and social settings like at a company, a police station, or a home-stay family. Continued study of kanji (Chinese characters). Class and laboratory. Language level and subsequent course placement will be determined by the Foreign Languages & Literatures Department. [GM2, H]

Prerequisite
JAPN 111 or equivalent proficiency

JAPN 211 - Advanced Japanese

This course is aimed at third-year students of Japanese and is designed to foster continued development of the three communicative modes (interpretation, interpersonal dialogue, and formal spoken and written presentation) through the study of a variety of different topics from Japanese geography and history to pop culture. We will cover appropriate chapters in an advanced Japanese-language textbook and utilize multi-media materials to increase both proficiency in the aforementioned modes and cultural literacy.
Prerequisite
JAPN 112 or instructor permission

JAPN 290-291 - Independent Study in Japanese

These courses are for students who continue studying Japanese beyond the Intermediate level, to the Advanced level, in order to develop their skills. It emphasizes reading more authentic materials such as newspapers, magazines, and Internet articles and on writing compositions or corresponding. Also, students will focus on the skill that they want to improve particularly.

Prerequisite
JAPN 112, equivalent proficiency, or permission of instructor