JAPN 102 Elementary Japanese

Spring, 2024

CLASS TIMES:           MWF   9:30am – 10:30am (Main class) at Pardee 112

INSTRUCTOR:           Naoko Ikegami           ikegamin@lafayette.edu
OFFICE:                     Pardee 406       x5960
OFFICE HOURS:        Wednesdays 8:00am – 9:00am and 11:30am – Noon
TA:                             Yuko Tanaka              tanakay@lafayette.edu

TEXTBOOKS:             An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Genki
                                  An Integrated Course in ElementaryJapanese GenkiI Workbook                                              The Japan Times (http://genki.japantimes.co.jp/self/self.en.html)

                                   Audio materials (available at Foreign Lang & Lit Resource Center)

Course Objectives:

To review the basic grammatical patterns and vocabulary and to improve three modes of communications (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational) to cultivate overall Japanese language ability. More elaborate social and ritual exchanges as well as casual speech are developed.

Attribute: Elementary Proficiency Second Language and Humanities Outcome

Student Learning Outcomes:           

The students will master Lessons 7-12 in An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Genki I in this semester.  At the end of the semester the students will:

  • Recognize basic grammatical patterns.
  • Demonstrate an active knowledge of useful expressions, Hiragana, Katakana and about 90 Kanji.
  • Be able to conduct basic everyday conversations in the context of real-life situations, express opinions, make requests, conduct comparisons, and give advice not only in formal conversations, but in casual speech among family and friends as well.

 Course Description:

All information (course schedule, course syllabus and lesson schedule, and activity information etc.) is on Moodle (http://moodle.lafayette.edu/), so you should visit every time you prepare for class. 

  • For a project the students will summarize the stories and upload on e-Portfolio. The details will be informed later.
  • There will be a 50-minute test after each lesson and there will also be two oral tests during the semester (midterm and final).
  • The final exam (including listening comprehension) is scheduled during the exam period in May.
  • Lesson homework should be submitted by the date of its lesson test. No late homework will be accepted. Ignorance of a scheduled quiz or test is not acceptable.
  • Arriving late, unprepared, or missing class meetings (including events scheduled outside class) will adversely affect your final grade; exceptions are only made if you receive an official excuse from your Dean. You must notify me in advance if you will miss class, and you must come to the following class fully prepared to participate.
  • Copying, or cutting and pasting, from answer keys to complete homework is a form of academic dishonestly. See the student handbook for college policies dealing with academic dishonestly.

Moodle privacy statement:

Moodle is a virtual learning environment that has become very popular among educators around the world as a tool for creating online dynamic web sites for students.  You and your classmates are currently enrolled to use the site for JAPN 102.  Moodle contains student information that is protected by the Family Educational Right to Privacy Act (FERPA).  Disclosure to unauthorized parties violates federal privacy laws.  Courses using Moodle will make student information visible to other students in this class.  Please remember that this information is protected by these federal privacy laws and must not be shared with anyone outside the class. Questions can be referred to the Registrar’s Office.

Disability statement:

In compliance with Lafayette College policy and equal access laws, I am available to discuss appropriate academic accommodations that you may require as a student with a disability.  Requests for academic accommodations need to be made during the first two weeks of the semester, except for unusual circumstances, so arrangements can be made.  Students must register with the Office of the Dean of the College for disability verification and for determination of reasonable academic accommodations.

Federal credit hour regulations:

The student work in this course is in full compliance with the federal definition of a four-credit hour course. Please see the Lafayette College Compliance webpage for the full policy and practice statement.

 Academic integrity:

According to the Student Code of Conduct (Student Handbook): “To maintain the scholarly standards of the College and, equally important, the personal ethical standards of our students, it is essential that written assignments be a student’s own work, just as is expected in examinations and class participation. A student who commits academic dishonesty is subject to a range of penalties, including suspension or expulsion. Finally, the underlying principle is one of intellectual honesty. If a person is to have self-respect and the respect of others, all work must be his/her own.”






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