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Hiroshi Miyamoto
Bothell Campus

First-Year Japanese

Elementary speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in modern Japanese. Recommended: score of 0-5 on JP 100A placement test if Japanese is language of admission. Offered: A.

Class description

This course is designed to provide a solid foundation in speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in beginning level Japanese to students who have very little or no experience of learning Japanese. Some aspects of the Japanese culture will be also discussed.

Student learning goals

Read and write Hiragana and Katakana characters.

Use appropriate greeting phrases.

Introduce oneself and ask someone's name, nationality, year in school and major and ask and tell time.

Shop and order at a restaurant and invite someone to do things with you.

Talk about one's daily, future and past activities and describe how frequently one does something.

ĽAsk and describe where someone or something is.

General method of instruction

Power point presentations, group activities, role plays, class presentation, lectures, etc.

Recommended preparation

Study Recommendations:

1.Set a time for studying Japanese every day.

2.Read the grammar explanations in the textbook and write down your questions before class.

3.If your questions are not answered during the grammar introduction in class, ask for further explanation.

4.Make flash cards to memorize vocabulary and Hiragana & Katakana. Write a sample sentence with the newly introduced verb used in it. So you can remember verb groups and the particle used with it, etc.

5.Practice with the audio files as often as possible.

6.Review the materials you learned in class everyday by completing the workbook, listening to the audio files, and memorizing flash cards.

7.Participate in class activities and feel free to make mistakes.

8.If you start to have a problem or difficulty learning new materials, consult with me as soon as possible.

Class assignments and grading


1.Students are expected to prepare and review the materials (grammar, vocabulary, Hiragana or Katakana) covered in class everyday along with completing assigned homework.

2.Students are expected to attend every class on time. Roll is called at the beginning of the class. If you arrive late or leave early, it may penalize your participation points.

3.Your participation and practice during classes are absolutely necessary and very important to language learning. Your instructor will evaluate your daily participation.

4.If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to obtain information missed during your absence by checking the class website or asking your classmate in order to catch up with class.

10% Participation 30% Lesson Tests and Hiragana/Katakana Tests 15% Homework 20% Quiz 10% Oral Test 15% Final Exam

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Hiroshi Miyamoto
Date: 07/18/2013