Japanese Faculty

Japanese Course Descriptions

378.115-116 First Year Japanese
This course is designed for students who have no background in or previous knowledge of Japanese. The course consists of lectures on Tuesday/Thursday and conversation classes on Monday/Wednesday/Friday. The goal of the course is the simultaneous progression of four skills (speaking, listening, writing, and reading) as well as familiarity with aspects of Japanese culture. By the end of the fall term, students will have basic speaking and listening comprehension skills, a solid grasp of basic grammar items, reading and writing skills, and a recognition and production of approximately 60 kanji in context. Knowledge of grammar will be expanded significantly in Second Year Japanese. May not be taken S/U. 4.5 credits.

378.215-216 Second Year Japanese (H)
Prereq: 378.116 or equivalent.
Training in spoken and written language, increasing their knowledge of more complex patterns. At completion, students will have a working knowledge of about 250 Kanji. 4.5 credits.

378.315-316 Third Year Japanese (H)
Prereq: 378.215-216
Emphasis shifts toward reading, while development of oral-aural skills also continues apace. The course presents graded readings in expository prose and requires students to expand their knowledge of Kanji, grammar, and both spoken and written vocabulary. 3 credits.

378.396 Fundamentals in Japanese Grammar (H)
Prereq: 378.115-116
This course is designed for students who have already studied first-year Japanese grammar and wish to develop a thorough knowledge of Japanese grammar in order to advance all aspects of language skills to a higher level. It is also appropriate for graduate students who need to be able to read materials written in Japanese. 2 credits. Not offered every semester.

378.415-416 Fourth Year Japanese (H)
Prereq: 378.316 or equivalent.
By using four skills in participatory activities (reading, presentation, and discussion), students will develop reading skills in modern Japanese and deepen and enhance their knowledge of Kanji and Japanese culture. 3 credits.

378.493 Grammar and Readings in Japanese Studies (H)

This course is designed for graduate students (in East Asian Studies, Public Health, History of Medicine, History,etc.) and undergraduate students with a strong interest in developing a thorough knowledge of Japanese grammar from both linguistic and cultural perspectives in depth well beyond regular language courses in order to advance reading and comprehension of materials written in Japanese without use of a dictionary. We first review the primary components of Japanese grammar, such as tense, aspect, particles, conditionals, passive and causative, etc., followed by readings of articles demonstrating particular grammatical items. Specific strategies and techniques are also introduced, followed by practice. Class materials include a broad spectrum of native materials, including novels, newspapers, scholarly articles, essays, and historical papers. A diverse range of articles and essays are selected by students to introduce and enforce various ways of reading Japanese effectively. 2 credits. Pass-fail grade option only.