Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
JPN 251
Course Title:
Second Year Japanese
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Course Description

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

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

1. Handle a wider range of communicative tasks in selected social situations.
2. Communicate more effectively with some rephrasing and circumlocution with native speakers used to dealing with non-native
3. Expand understanding of the values underlying ultural behaviors and attitudes within the Japanese speaking world and how it relates to
one€™s cultural perspective.
4. Deepen understanding of historical and cultural movements through analysis of selected works of art, literature, music, film and/or performing
arts from the target culture.
5. Respond to abstract and complex ideas in selected authentic materials in the target language.
6. Employ an understanding of the Japanese
syntactic system to read and compose more
colloquial Japanese texts in Japanese Kana
syllabaries and complex 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.   Houses
        2.   Furnishings and appliances
        3.   Household chores
        4.   To do things like such and such: ...tari...tari
        5.   To use polite forms of verbs in giving and receiving
        6.   States different states of action using verbs with Tokoro
        7.   Cars and driving
        8.   Maintenance and repairs
        9.   Transportation and traffic in the city
       10. Use of compound verbs such as Teoku, Tearu and Teiru
       11. Transitive and intransitive verbs
Additionally, the following topics and themes will be reviewed:
         1.   Travel
         2.   Transportation and schedules
         3.   Sightseeing and travel planning
         4.   Describing situations using Dake
         5.   Transportation and schedules
         6.   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     

The following topics may also be included:    
         1.   Body parts
         2.   Feeling and emotions
         3.   Health and Illness
         4.   Describing attributes: the ...ha...ga construction
         5.   Make statements about others using causatives
         6.   Asks for clarifications using interrogatives
         7.   Makes statements using embedded questions
         8.   Expresses reasons using Hazu

Competencies and Skills 
        1.   Describes by giving examples of actions       
        2.   Expresses a purpose
        3.   States giving and receiving
        4.   Expresses permission
        5.   Makes negative requests
        6.   Offers advice
        7.   Expresses different states of actions 
        8.   Describes a preparatory action
        9.   States how to do something
       10. Describes situations in which doer€™s action affects the object
       11. Describes situations in which the subject performs an action on its own.
       12. Expresses a just-completed action using verbs with Bakarida or Tokoroda
       13. Expresses results and states of being
       14. Expresses an attempt
       15. Adverbial clause meaning without doing: -Naide
       16. Writes paragraphs using syllabaries and 150 Kanji.
The following competencies and skills may also be acquired:
         1.   Gives analogy and exemplification
         2.   Discusses about appearance      
         3.   States when allowing another person to do something
         4.   Asks for clarifications
         5.   Expressing expectations
Additionally, the following Competencies and Skills may also be strengthened through  review: 
        1.     States decisions to do something       
        2.     Describes a conditional state
        3.     States admonishment and prohibition             
        4.     Describes sequential events using concepts of before or after
        5.     Expresses obligation or duty
        6.     Writes short paragraphs using syllabaries and 120 Kanji.