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Izumi Matsuda-Kiami
JAPAN 211
Seattle Campus

Second-Year Japanese

Development of further skills in the spoken and written languages. Students must enroll in both a lecture and quiz section to receive credit. First in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: either JAPAN 113, JAPAN 134. Offered: A.

Class description

Japan 211 is the first of three quarters of Second-Year Japanese (Japan 211-212-213), and continues the 4-skills emphasis begun in the first-year program. The purpose of the course is to continue building a solid foundation in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding Japanese, with classroom and homework activities designed to help students achieve a practical command of the language. Reading and writing receive greater emphasis than in first-year Japanese. Approximately 90 kanji will be taught in Japan 211.

Appropriate preparation to take the course: Students are expected to have completed one year of university-level Japanese, either Japan 111-112-113 or an equivalent course at another American university. Students who have studied abroad in Japan, or learned Japanese through or life experience must meet with the professor to confirm appropriate placement.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Sections are designed to help you learn grammar and vocabulary through use of Japanese in communicative situations. Sections are conducted in Japanese only. You may ask questions about grammar, etc., in English before or after the section, during the lecture, during office hours, or by email directly to a TA or to the professor. Active participation in sections is expected. Pair/group activities during sections are most valuable when students participate in them using Japanese as much as possible.

Weekly lectures, taught primarily in English, teach grammatical and cultural content.

Recommended preparation

Students are expect to study (both preparation and review), a minimum of one hour per day for the course. Along with doing assigned homework, it is imperative that students review what was covered in class by going over activities done that day in the classroom, studying vocabulary, and practicing with classmates. Studying with a study partner is highly recommended.

The most successful students engage in the following practices: Daily review of material taught each day. Diligent, careful completion of homework. Daily practice writing characters. Listening to language tapes and completing listening comprehension activities. Preparation for class each day by reading ahead in the textbook and reviewing previous material. Utilization of office hours of section and lecture instructors to ask questions about the homework, or to go over items the student would like to practice or review.

Class assignments and grading

The grade is calculated based upon: Homework, Attendance/Participation, Tests, Final Exam, Orals.

Homework is assigned daily, and may be announced/distributed in either sections or lecture sessions. Full credit is given for assignments completed fully and carefully by the beginning of the section period the day after it was assigned (unless otherwise announced). Homework will focus on reading, writing, and listening.

Because learning a language requires contact with that language, attendance is mandatory. Students present in class at the bell will be marked present. Students not present at that time will be marked tardy, and will receive half-credit for attendance for that day. Students must not only attend, but must also participate in a productive manner. This means using class time as a place where you practice Japanese. Tests are given weekly as noted on the schedule, for a total of nine Friday quizzes and three vocabulary quizzes. Friday quizzes will be 10-20 minutes in length and will cover the material taught during the week, including kanji, vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing, and listening. There will also be occasional vocabulary quizzes.

Final Exam: A comprehensive exam covering reading, writing, listening, and grammar will be given Friday, December 12, 10:30-12:30 in Sieg 134. The final is only offered on the date/time scheduled.

Orals: Opportunities for oral performance are given in this course. Details for each oral or conversation will be announced the week prior to the performance date.

Make-up Exams: There are no make-ups for quizzes or the final. It is your responsibility to attend class daily, including days when quizzes are administered. The lowest Friday quiz grade is dropped to permit flexibility and to accommodate emergencies and illness. The only exception is for pre-arranged make-ups due to participation in official university business (documentation will be required), not for personal travel or social engagements.

The grade is calculated based upon: Homework, Attendance/Participation, Tests, Final Exam, Orals.

Homework is assigned daily, and may be announced/distributed in either sections or lecture sessions. Full credit is given for assignments completed fully and carefully by the beginning of the section period the day after it was assigned (unless otherwise announced). Homework will focus on reading, writing, and listening.

Because learning a language requires contact with that language, attendance is mandatory. Students present in class at the bell will be marked present. Students not present at that time will be marked tardy, and will receive half-credit for attendance for that day. Students must not only attend, but must also participate in a productive manner. This means using class time as a place where you practice Japanese.

Tests are given weekly as noted on the schedule, for a total of nine Friday quizzes and three vocabulary quizzes. Friday quizzes will be 10-20 minutes in length and will cover the material taught during the week, including kanji, vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing, and listening. There will also be occasional vocabulary quizzes.

Final Exam: A comprehensive exam covering reading, writing, listening, and grammar will be given Friday, December 12, 10:30-12:30 in Sieg 134. The final is only offered on the date/time scheduled.

Orals: Three opportunities for oral performance are given in this course. Details for each oral or conversation will be announced the week prior to the performance date.

Make-up Exams: There are no make-ups for quizzes or the final. It is your responsibility to attend class daily, including days when quizzes are administered. The lowest Friday quiz grade is dropped to permit flexibility and to accommodate emergencies and illness. The only exception is for pre-arranged make-ups due to participation in official university business (documentation will be required), or extended illness (documentation required), not for personal travel or social engagements.


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 Robert E Jansson
Date: 09/22/2008