Spring 2009

Building Survival Skills in Japanese

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as JAPA-02


Ikumi Kayama (Sections 01 and 02)
Wako Tawa (Sections 01 and 02)


This course is a continuation of Japanese 01. The course will emphasize active learning by each student in the class by means of the materials in the course website and individualized or small group discussions with the instructor. Small groups based on the students’ proficiency levels will be formed, so that instruction accords with the needs of each group. By the end of this course, students are expected to be familiar with most basic Japanese structures, to have acquired a substantial vocabulary, and to have gained sufficient speaking, listening, reading, and writing proficiency levels, which will enable the students to survive using Japanese in Japan. As for literacy, a few hundred new characters (Kanji) will be added by reading and writing longer passages. Two group meetings and two individualized or small group evaluations per week are normally required throughout the semester. Requisite: Japanese 01 or equivalent. Spring semester. Lecturer Kayama.