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. Spring 2018 Syllabus

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. Fall 2018 Syllabus

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. Fall 2018 Syllabus

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. Fall 2018 Syllabus

378.611 Readings in Japanese Studies
This course is designed for graduate students (particularly in East Asian studies) and undergraduate students whose proficiency level is higher than fourth-year Japanese (as offered at Johns Hopkins University) or equivalent and who plan to pursue studies utilizing written Japanese materials. Students will learn effective methods for reading Japanese materials, varying from works of literature to modern academic articles on topics of students’ interest. 2 credits. Not offered every semester.