Course Content and Outcome Guide for JPN 262C

Course Number:
JPN 262C
Course Title:
Japanese Culture
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Course Description

Provides intermediate level students of Japanese with opportunity to increase skills in listening, reading, speaking and vocabulary usage and to gain cultural awareness. Recommended: Completion of JPN 203, 251 or instructor permission or concurrent enrollment in JPN 203. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

JPN 262C continues the work begun in JPN 261C, expanding the communicative use of Japanese and cultural awareness.  In reading and writing, the practice of Hiragana and Katakana syllabaries is continued.  The study of Kanji characters is further explored.  The second term of the intermediate level course in Japanese, JPN 262C is offered for three transfer credits per term.  And it satisfies a diversity requirement for the A.A. degree. Successful completion of JPN 261C or the equivalent language experience in Japanese, competency to be determined by the teacher.  Students whose skill level in Japanese is more advanced than that of JPN 262C will not be admitted.

Course Activities and Design

Students are expected to attend all classes, participate actively in classroom activities, and prepare oral and written homework assignments.
Students may work with audio tapes in the media center or at home, and they may meet with the teacher in conferences. Japanese will be used in the classroom at almost all times.  Students should plan to spend about one hour in preparation and practice outside of class for each class session.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The course grade will determined by attendance, oral and written preparation, participation, and daily oral and written assignments. Gradesdepend on individual progress, and students will participate in the evaluation of their own progress. The work of this class is sequential, and the introduction and practice of material take place in class; therefore, attendance is essential.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

JPN 2621C concentrates on the acquisition and correct use of pronunciation and intonation, grammatical structures, functional vocabulary, and cultural concepts for the purpose of communication in Japanese, particularly in the spoken language.  While there are differences among instructors, as to the order of presentation of the material listed below, topics and structures presented and practiced in JPN 2621C include:

A.      Communication, discussion, and reading topics
        1.      Shops and stores
        2.      Colors
        3.      Shopping
        4.      Clothes
        5.      Travel
        6.      Transportation and schedules
        7.      Sightseeing and travel planning
        8.      Travel
        9.      Transportation and schedules
       10.      Sightseeing and travel planning
       11.      Cultural Encounters
       12.      Kanji
B.  Structures
        1.      Saying when something happens:  temporal clauses ending in toki
        2.      Indefinite pronoun:  no
        3.      Making if-then statements:  the -tara conditional
        4.      Going somewhere with a purpose:  using the particle ni to
                express purpose
        5.      Reporting hearsay: ...sooda
        6.      Saying whether or not something is true:  ...ka dooka
        7.      Giving reasons with ...shi, ...shi
        8.      -Yasui, -nikui
        9.      Dake
       10.      Making a suggestion
       11.      Deciding to do something:  ...kotonisuru
       12.      Saying whether something occurred before or after:  mae and ato
       13.      Conditional:  to
       14.      Commands
       15.      Admonishment and prohibition:  ...koto ni suru
       16.      The adverbial use of adjectives
       17.      Expressing obligation or duty