Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
JPN 250
Course Title:
Second Year Japanese
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Course Description

Reviews and continues study of Japanese language and culture, emphasizing effective communicative skills in written and spoken language. Examines new practices, products and perspectives of Japanese culture. Completion of JPN 250, 251, 211B and 212C is equivalent to JPN 201-202-203. Prerequisites: JPN 103 or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

1. Handle a limited number of uncomplicated communicative tasks in straightforward social situations.
2. Communicate more effectively with some rephrasing and circumlocution with native speakers accustomed to dealing with nonnative
3. Recognize and interpret cultural behaviors and attitudes within the Japanese speaking world in relation to one€™s own cultural perspective.
4. Further analyze historical and cultural movements in the target culture in relation to key works of art, literature, music, film and/or
performing arts.
5. Respond to selected authentic materials in the target language.
6. Employ an understanding of the Japanese syntactic system to read and compose colloquial Japanese texts in Japanese Kana
syllabaries and increased Kanji characters.

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)

        1.Foods, beverages, flavors, and cooking terms
        2. Basic compound verbs using Miru, Shimau, Iku, Kuru
        3. Past tense of Verbs with Moo and Mada
        4. Shops and stores
        5. Colors
        6. Shopping
        7. Clothes
       8. Travel
        9. Transportation and schedules
      10. Sightseeing and travel planning
      11. Describing situations using Dake
      12. Transportation and schedules
      13. Making a suggestion using Tara Ii
      14. Temporal clauses ending in Toki
      15. Indefinite pronoun: No
      16. Conditional using Tara
      17. Commands
      18. Giving reasons using ...Shi, ...Shi      
      19. Using the particle Ni to express purpose
      20. The adverbial use of adjectives     

Additionally, the following topics and themes will be reviewed:

        1. Verbs in non-past, mid-level formal speech
        2. Verbs in past, mid-level formal speech
        3. Verbs in non-past, informal speech, affirmative and negative
        4. Polite and humble polite form of nouns.
        5. Self-Introductions in a culturally appropriate manner
        6. Family
        7. Hobbies and pastimes
        8. Multiple particles in negative statements
        9. Interrogatives with Ka, Mo and Demo
      10. Potential forms of verbs
      11. Nominalizers: Koto and No
      12. Describes progressive
      13. Verbs in gerund
      14. Personal pronouns and demonstrative pronouns
      15. Daily and weekend activities
      16. Telephone conversations
      17. Invitations in a culturally appropriate manner
      18. Conjunctions and disjunctive conjunctions
      19. Positional words form of verbs
      20. Predicate using the Copula, I-adjectives and Na-adjectives, in past 

Competencies and Skills 

        1. Recognizes basic linguistic and cultural differences between non-Indo-European and Indo-European worlds.
        2. Writes short paragraphs using syllabaries and 120 Kanji.
        3. Reads for general meanings in texts using combination of syllabaries and Kanji.      
        4. States when something happens
        5. Makes if-then statements
        6. Expresses purpose
        7. Reports hearsay       
        8. States whether or not something is true       
        9. Supports opinions
      10. Describes level of difficulty of situations
      11. States decisions to do something       
      12. Describes a conditional state
      13. States admonishment and prohibition             
      14. Describes sequential events using concepts of before or after
      15. Expresses obligation or duty

Additionally, the following Competencies and Skills may also be acquired through review:  

        1. Describes abilities
        2. Describes a change in state
        3. Describes state of being
        4. Describes weather, climate and makes comparisons.
        5. Makes and responds to compliments in a culturally appropriate manner.
        6. Recognizes the concept of in and out group and introduces family members.
        7. Discusses about hobbies and pastimes using family members
        8. Asks questions about the language in Japanese.
        9. Recognizes tones and pitches.
      10. Writes sentences expressing cause and effects.
      11. Describes objects, people, action and events using relative clause
      12. Expresses experience
      13. Expresses an opinion
      14. Expresses a desire and someone€™s desire
      15. Quotes speech
      16. Expresses intention
      17. Expresses simultaneous action
      18. States decision
      19. Supports opinions
      20. Describes level of difficulty of situations