The functional-communicative approach is used.
Classroom activities may include: presentation of material by the instructor, practice in pairs and small groups, listening comprehension, audio-visual presentations, task-based conversation practice, and student presentations.
Conversation labs in small groups with a Native Language Assistant.
Systematic introduction of:
- Basic syntactic structures
- Basic lexicon
- Elements of kanji
- The phonological system of Japanese
- Some aspects of Japanese culture.
The student will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in Japanese at the basic level in:
- Aural comprehension of simple discourse.
- Reading comprehension of simplified texts, both in Romanized and Japanese letters (hiragana and katakana and a minimum of 50 kanji).
- Speech delivery, such as extending greetings, asking simple questions and giving replies, describing eventsin present and past tenses, making simple requests, and asking for permissions.
- Written expression, such as short paragraphs and dialogues, using hiragana, katakana and kanji.
- Understanding target cultures.
(May include but not limited to writing and reading exercises, chapter tests, paragraph writing, written homework, preparation, Final Written Exam)
(May include but not limited to oral tests, oral presentations, listening comprehension, conversation lab, attendance, preparation, class participation, Final Oral Exam)
No single evaluation will be worth more than 20%.
A beginner-level Japanese textbook such as:
- Banno et al. GENKI: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese I.
- The Japan Times.
- Accompanying workbook and audio materials