JAPN 111 Intermediate Japanese

Fall, 2023

CLASS TIMES:          MWF 10:00am – 10:50am (Main class) at Pardee 321

INSTRUCTOR:          Naoko Ikegami           ikegamin@lafayette.edu
OFFICE:                    Pardee 406 x5960
OFFICE HOURS:      M & W 11:00am–11:50am and/or by appointment

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

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

Official Course Description:

Review and expansion of basic grammar and vocabulary. Short literary and cultural readings. Attention to developing reading and conversational skills and a deeper understanding of the culture of Japan. Class/laboratory. Prerequisite: Japanese 101 or equivalent proficiency.

Additional Course Objectives:

Improvement of the four basic language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) in order to cultivate overall Japanese language ability. Development of social and ritual exchanges as well as casual speech.

Student Learning Outcomes:

The focus of Intermediate Japanese 111 is both linguistic and cultural. This semester students will master Lessons 13-18 in An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Genki II, expand the number of recognizable grammatical patterns, and demonstrate active knowledge of 95 additional Kanji. Students will be able to conduct everyday conversations, including stating their own abilities to perform certain tasks or in general subject areas. (This is an important aspect of Japanese language and culture). Students also will learn how to request favors, invite friends, take messages, convey information to third parties (reported speech), narrate events, and describe states of affairs in greater detail than at the elementary level.

At the end of the semester students will be able to:

  • Give examples of Japanese communities, values, history, behaviors, customs, or politics.
  • Recognize personal attitudes and beliefs that are different from those commonly held in other cultures and communities.
  • Select culturally appropriate expressions when interacting with native speakers.
  • Reproduce the language skills necessary to interact in everyday situations that are likely to arise when traveling in areas that speak Japanese.
  • Explain familiar words, phrases, sentences, and cultural themes in a variety of authentic texts (newspapers, cinema, art, music, literary extracts).
  • Show evidence of using primary (oral or written) sources in the target language.

Grading and Point Distribution:

Four Written Tests                        40%               Final Project                                  5%
Final exam                              10%        Dictations                                      5%
Quizzes                                  10%        Class Performance                        5%
Homework                                 10%        Attendance                                    5%
Two Oral Tests                            10%

  • All information (course schedule, course syllabus and lesson schedule, and activity information etc.) is on Moodle (http://moodle.lafayette.edu/); so, you should visit the course Moodle site every time you prepare for class.  Ignorance of a scheduled quiz or test is not an acceptable excuse.
  • For final projects students will produce a video clip. The final production will be recorded. The details will be explained later of the semester.
  • 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 three-hour final exam (including listening comprehension) is scheduled during the exam period in December.
  • Lesson homework should be submitted by the date of its corresponding lesson testNo late homework will be accepted.

Attendance Policy:

Arriving late or 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.

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 111.  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.

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. (http://registrar.lafayette.edu/files/2012/07/Federal-Credit-Hour-Policy-Web-Statement.doc)

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.

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.”

A brief outline of course content for each lesson –

Lesson 13      Grammar / Vocabulary: Potential verbs, frequency, days of the month

                        Culture note: Names of years

                       The 12-year “Chinese zodiac” and the sexagenary cycle: Time-reckoning


Lesson 14      Grammar / Vocabulary: Express desires, suggestions, giving and receiving

                        Culture note: Annual Events in Japan    

                        Regional diversity and national unity in Japanese holidays


Lesson 15      Grammar / Vocabulary: Volitional form, noun modifier

                        Culture note: Japanese accommodations

                        “Inside” v. “outside” in Japanese norms


Lesson 16      Grammar / Vocabulary: Polite requests, apologizing

                        Culture note: Gift-giving in Japan          

                        Reciprocity and obligation in Japanese society


Lesson 17      Grammar / Vocabulary: Hearsay, assumption, before and after

                        Culture note: Japanese gestures

                        The performance of hierarchy in bowing and salutations


Lesson 18      Grammar / Vocabulary: Transitivity pairs, conditional form

                        Culture note: Sushi

                        Food taboos in comparative perspective


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