コース概要(Course Overview)

Welcome to Japanese 301! In this class, we will be actively using new and previously learned expressions through discussions on various Japan-related issues. Selected topics include: religion, pop culture, performing arts and education. We will be solidifying communicative skills in speaking, listening, writing and reading, as well as sociocultural knowledge associated with language use, both in personal and academic settings. This semester, we will focus on expressing opinions through solid argumentation, and strengthening the accuracy and appropriateness of spoken and written styles.

日時と教室(Days/Times & Classrooms)

JAPN0301A (lecture)    Tue. & Thu.                   9:30-10:45                    FIC HAM 

JAPN0301Z (drill)          Mon. & Wed.                9:00-9:50                      FIC HAM

担当教官(Instructor)

Sayaka Abe (Japanese Studies)

Office: FIC Freeman LF01E

Contact: “sabe” at midd

Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 11:00am -12:15pm & by appt.

目標とねらい(Goals and Expectations)

As we are transitioning into advanced-level Japanese, this course focuses on the skills required to process longer texts and conversations that use a broader range of vocabulary, kanji and grammatical structures than in previous levels. You will be learning not only to recognize these expressions, but also to produce them appropriately in various social situations (using honorifics, casual forms, etc.). Reading materials frequently include unfamiliar expressions, technical words or proper nouns. Accordingly, you will be developing strategic and studying skills, such as: to use context to infer or anticipate messages; to grasp main points as well as critical details; to internalize new materials through personal contexts; and to present complex ideas with your audience in mind. We will also practice building well-structured arguments as part of Academic Japanese, an integral component for this course. You will be writing short paragraphs in class, two thesis-based essays (400-600 characters), and a speech script (about 800 characters) to be presented and discussed at the end of the semester. Other activities and assignments include: class discussions; frequent exercises and quizzes; preview and review sheets, lesson tests; two oral tests; and a final exam.

コース教材(Course Materials)

教科書

『上級へのとびら』(本冊)TOBIRA: Gateway to Advanced Japanese (required)

副教材

『これで身につく文法力』TOBIRA: Grammar Power (suggested)

『きたえよう漢字力』TOBIRA: Power Up Your KANJI  (suggested)

Additional reading/listening materials will be provided electronically or in class.