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COURSE TITLE : JAPANESE

PRE-REQUISITE/ CO-REQUISITE/ MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE COURSE(S)
NA IMPORTANT: You must be a complete beginner and have no prior knowledge of the language. Please contact the instructor if you have any background in Japanese. You will be required to sign a form to declare that you are a complete beginner, and any false statement will lead to ‘F’ grade.

COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course is designed for students with no previous background in Japanese. It provides an introduction to the four skills of language: speaking, listening, reading and writing, as well as Japanese culture. Our emphasis is on oral communication skills in basic survival situations in a Japanese speaking environment. Hiragana, Katakana (Japanese scripts) and basic Kanji (Chinese Characters) to enhance reading and writing skills will also be introduced.

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This course can be counted as a General Education Arts elective.

COURSE GOALS
• • • • To be able to communicate in Japanese with appropriate manners in situations such as self-introduction, shopping, visiting friends etc. To be able to read and write Hiragana and Katakana fluently, with basic knowledge in Kanji. To establish a solid foundation in Japanese grammar and sentence patterns. To acquire basic knowledge of Japan and its culture.

By the end of this course, students will be able to: • • • • Hold simple conversations on daily topics. Use proper greetings and expressions in daily situations. Tell time, date, prices and telephone numbers. Write short essays on family, friends and daily activities.

ASSESSMENT METHODS
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Hiragana/Katakana/Grammar & Listening Tests: 45% Composition: 10% Oral Communication Assessment: 25% Homework: 10% Class Participation/Performance: 10%

Homework/composition must be submitted on time. Make-up quizzes will be allowed only when you produce MC or other valid documents. The questions might be different and more difficult.

INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS AND...