Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
JPN 202
Course Title:
Second Year Japanese
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Course Description

Expands study of Japanese language and culture, emphasizing effective communicative skills in written and spoken language. Adds the new practices, products and perspectives of Japanese culture. The second course of a three-course sequence of second-year Japanese. Prerequisites: JPN 201 or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

1. Apply broader cultural understandings and recognize Japanese cultural values to interact with native speakers of Japanese and
authentic texts
2. Employ an understanding of the Japanese syntactic system to read and compose more colloquial Japanese texts in Japanese Kana
syllabaries and complex Kanji characters.
3. Use intermediate-level Japanese grammatical structures and vocabulary to acquire information in more natural settings.
4. Use effective communicative skills to interact with native speakers of Japanese by managing both mid-level formal and some
informal levels of speech.

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, as well as quizzes over syllabaries and Kanji.
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.      Shops and stores
        2.      Colors
        3.      Shopping
        4.      Clothes
        5.      Travel
        6.      Transportation and schedules
        7.      Sightseeing and travel planning
        8.      Describing situations using Dake
        9.      Transportation and schedules
       10.     Making a suggestion using Tara Ii
       11.     Temporal clauses ending in Toki
       12.     Indefinite pronoun: No
       13.     Conditional using Tara
       14.     Commands
       15.     Giving reasons using ...Shi, ...Shi      
       16.     Using the particle Ni to express purpose
       17.     The adverbial use of adjectives             

Competencies and Skills 

        1.      States when something happens
        2.      Makes if-then statements
        3.      Expresses purpose
        4.      Reports hearsay       
        5.      States whether or not something is true       
        6.      Supports opinions
        7.      Describes level of difficulty of situations
        8.      States decisions to do something       
        9.      Describes a conditional state
       10.     States admonishment and prohibition              
       11.     Describes sequential events using concepts of before or after
       12.     Expresses obligation or duty
       13.     Writes short paragraphs using syllabaries and 120 Kanji.