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Course Number:
JPN 203
Course Title:
Second Year Japanese - Third Term
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Course Description

Continues the work of Japanese 202. 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 202 or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion  of the course students should be able to:

  1. Read and understand the main topic and flow of events in straightforward paragraph-length texts written in Japanese.
  2. Write a few short paragraphs, often across various time frames about familiar topics and situations.

  3. Speak about a variety of familiar topics and situations using a series of connected sentences and a number of follow up questions.

  4. Listen and understand the main idea and flow of events in conversations and short discussions in Japanese.

  5. Discuss differences between one’s own cultures and Japanese cultural products, practices and perspectives.

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)

Include all or most of the following:

  1. Express gratitude

  2. Talk about things we are glad we did or were supposed to be the case

  3. Express what is easy and difficult to do

  4. Asking for instructions

  5. Giving respectful advice

  6. Expressing that an action takes place when another action is happening

  7. Changing state

  8. Describing what we want others to do

  9. Honorific verbs/structure

  10. Humble verbs and extra modest expressions/structures

  11. Passive verbs/structure

  12. Causative verbs/structure

  13. Read, write and understand Kana syllabaries and approximately 300 Kanji