Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
JPN 150
Course Title:
First Year Japanese
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Course Description

Introduces Japanese language and culture. Emphasizes effective communicative skills in written and spoken language. Examines the practice, product and perspective of Japanese culture. Completion of JPN 150, 151, 111B and 112C is equivalent to JPN 101-102-103. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

1. Use an understanding of the nature of Japanese language in tone and pitch to manage basic interactions in predictable
2. Apply circumlocution and inference skills when navigating limited real world situations in Japanese.
3. Begin to identify a limited range of linguistic and cultural diversity within the Japanese speaking world and how it differs and/or relates to one€™s own culture.
4. Apply a limited understanding of selected historical and cultural movements in the target language through exposure to literature, art and performing arts in the target language.
5. Apply an understanding of basic Japanese syntactic system to read and compose simple colloquial Japanese texts in Japanese Kana

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will be assessed by any combination of the following:

1. Active participation in class
2. Individual presentations
3. Contextual written tasks (in or outside of class) to assess reading,  writing, cultural, and aural competencies, including reading and and writing of syllabaries
4. Oral interviews with partner or instructor
5. In class, interactive student role-plays

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Includes all or most of the following: 

  1. Greetings, introductions and leave-takings

  2. Age, birth month, and nationality

  3. Location, provinces and towns within Tokyo district

  4. Japanese last names

  5. Time, weather, telephone numbers and price

  6. Academic subjects and majors

  7. Verbs in non-past, mid-level formal speech or Masu-form

  8. Verbs in past, mid-level formal speech, Masu-form

  9. Numbers, native Japanese and Sino-Japanese system

  10. Single particles

  11. Predicate using the Copula, i-adjectives and na-adjectives

  12. Interrogatives

  13. Verbs in gerund

  14. Personal pronouns and demonstrative pronouns

  15. Physical and personality descriptions

  16. Verbs in non-past, informal speech, affirmative

  17. Positional words

  18. Daily and weekend activities

  19. Invitations in a culturally appropriate manner

Competencies and Skills

  1. Manages introductions, leave taking, and basic formulaic exchanges including comments on weather in a culturally appropriate manner.
  2. Exchanges basic personal information using a few basic polite forms of noun.
  3. Expresses time, telephone numbers, price, and days of the week.
  4. Makes statements about daily activities, and likes and dislikes.
  5. Expresses future activities.
  6. Expresses past activities.
  7. Recognizes basic linguistic and cultural differences between non-Indo-European and Indo-European worlds.
  8. Formulates simple questions and answers.
  9. Identifies and names people and objects.
  10. Writes lists and discrete sentences using syllabaries and a few Kanji.
  11. Reads for general meanings in texts using some cognates.
  12. Expresses existence for animate and inanimate objects and locations.
  13. Discusses about community indicating locations.
  14. Describes self and others: personality and physical attributes.
  15. Makes statements about daily activities, and likes and dislikes
  16. States dates and extends an invitation.
  17. Recognizes basic linguistic and cultural differences between non-Indo-European and Indo-European worlds.
  18. Writes lists and discrete sentences using Hiragana & Katakana syllabaries and 10 Kanji.
  19. Reads for general meanings in texts using some inconspicuous cognates.
  20. Recognizes tones and pitches that is specific to Japanese.