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

Continues the work of Japanese 201. Expands vocabulary and structure for the purpose of active communication. Emphasizes effective communicative skills in written and spoken language. Includes listening, speaking, reading, writing, culture, pronunciation, and Kanji characters. Prerequisites: JPN 201 or instructor permission, and (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Read and understand the main idea and key information in short texts written in Japanese.
  2. Write a series of connected sentences and short paragraphs about familiar topics and everyday situations.
  3. Speak about familiar topics and everyday situations using connected sentences and a limited number of follow up questions.
  4. Listen and identify the main idea and key information in short talks and conversations in Japanese.
  5. Describe differences between one’s own cultures and Japanese cultural products and practices.

Integrative Learning

Students completing an associate degree at Portland Community College will be able to reflect on one’s work or competencies to make connections between course content and lived experience.

General education philosophy statement

This course requires students to focus on Japanese language learning in five primary ways: reading, writing, speaking, listening and culture. Students negotiate and make meaning from written and oral texts by making contextual inferences as they encounter new structures and vocabulary, draw on prior knowledge and conceptually organize experience. A key goal of this course is for students to explore the Japanese language and the products, practices and perspectives of the culture in order to reflect upon and analyze their own culture and their role in a global community. Students who study Japanese become more responsible global citizens and are better able to participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world in a variety of contexts and in culturally appropriate ways.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will be assessed by any combination of the following: 

  • Active participation in class

  • Individual presentations

  • Contextual written tasks to assess reading, writing, cultural, and  listening competencies 

  • Quizzes over syllabaries and Kanji

  • Oral interviews with partner or instructor

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Includes all or most of the following: 

  1. Giving and receiving favors and actions

  2. Formally asking permission 

  3. Expressing hopes 

  4. Referencing when an event occurred

  5. Reporting hearsay 

  6. Conditional clauses

  7. Describing what does not need to happen

  8. Expressing likeness

  9. Narrating order of events

  10. Transitive and intransitive verb pairs

  11. Understanding and navigating hierarchy and formality in Japanese language and culture

  12. Expressing when an action happens completely or unexpectedly 

  13. Simultaneous individual action

  14. Read write and understand Kana syllabaries and 250 kanji characters