This course is designed for students who have never previously studied Japanese. The course will introduce the overall structure of Japanese, basic vocabulary, the two syllabaries of the phonetic system, and some characters (Kanji). The course will also introduce the notion of “cultural appropriateness for expressions,” and will provide practice and evaluations for all four necessary skills—speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students will be required to practice with the materials that are on the course website at the college. Other course materials may be purchased at a reduced price through the department.
Speaking instruction will be conducted online, and writing instruction will be conducted in small groups in person.
Fall and spring semesters. Senior Lecturer Brown and Professor Tawa.