Intermediate Japanese I

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
MODL 2271
Intermediate Japanese I
Modern Languages
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Course Designation
Certificate in Global Competency
Industry Designation
Contact Hours
Seminar: 4 hrs/week Lab: 1 hr/week
Method(s) Of Instruction
Learning Activities

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, discussion of reading materials, task-based conversation practice, and student presentations.

Conversation in small groups with a Native Language Assistant.

Course Description
This course is designed to further aural comprehension, strengthen oral expression and develop reading and writing skills for students who have completed MODL 1172. This course also aims to provide a deeper understanding of Japanese culture. Japanese is used in class almost exclusively.
Course Content

Systematic, in-depth study of:

  1. Syntactic structures
  2. Lexicon
  3. Stylistic nuances
  4. Aspects of Japanese culture
Learning Outcomes

The student will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in Japanese at the intermediate level in:

  1. Aural comprehension of authentic language situations.
  2. Reading comprehension of materials written in a combination of hiragana, katakana and approximately 175 kanji (more for recognition).
  3. Speech delivery: expressing and supporting an opinion; defending a point of view.
  4. Written expression: expository writing in a combination of both kana and kanji (as indicated in 2 above).
  5. Understanding and appreciating differences and similarities in culture.
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)
Total 100%

No single evaluation will be worth more than 20%.

Textbook Materials

An second-year Japanese textbook such as:

  • Banno et al. GENKI: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese II
  • The Japan Times.
  • Accompanying workbook and audio materials.

MODL 1172 (Minimum Grade of C) or
Assessment (see calendar)

MODL 1172 (Minimum Grade of C) or Assessment (see calendar)  

Which Prerequisite