Basic Japanese II

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
MODL 1172
Basic Japanese II
Modern Languages
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
Seminar: 4 hrs/week Lab: 1 hr/week
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

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.

Course Description
This course is designed for students who have some knowledge of Japanese, or who have completed MODL 1171. It is aimed at developing basic oral and written communicative skills, through the study of vocabulary, grammar, and culture. Japanese is spoken in class as much as possible.
Course Content

Systematic introduction of:

  1. Basic syntactic structures
  2. Basic lexicon
  3. Elements of kanji
  4. The phonological system of Japanese
  5. Some aspects of Japanese culture.


Learning Outcomes

The student will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in Japanese in all tenses, at the basic level in:

  1. Aural comprehension of simple discourse. 
  2. Reading comprehension of simplified texts, written in Japanese (hiragana, katakana, and a minimum of 145 kanji). 
  3. Speech delivery, such as expressing intentions and desires, reporting indirect discourses, providing reasons, and giving advice. 
  4. Written expression, such as short paragraphs and dialogues, using hiragana, katakana, and kanji. 
  5. Understanding target cultures.
Means of Assessment
Written Evaluations
(May include but not limited to writing and reading exercises, chapter tests, paragraph writing, written homework, preparation, Final Written Exam)
Oral Evaluations
(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%.

Textbook Materials
  • 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

MODL 1171 (Minimum Grade of C) or Assessment (see calendar). 

Which Prerequisite