JPN2106 Communicating in Japanese II   Spring of 2007

sakura02Description of the Course

In the second half of this introductory course, students will continue to expand the knowledge needed to live in Japan as exchange students attending a Japanese university.  Students will further develop their cultural awareness by comparing Japanese university students’ lives with their own here in the United States. They will work on engaging in conversations and expressing ideas, learning to correctly interpret the implication of the language.  Note-taking and presentation skills are also taught in this course.  Students will also continue to develop their knowledge in Kanji and in the Japanese writing systems.

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Ikuko Yoshida 吉田郁子


Barn 217




Class Schedule

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.


Barn 245

Office Hours

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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sakura02Material Information


Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese I 
by Eri Banno, et al., The Japan Times, 1999


Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Workbook I  
by Eri Banno, et al., The Japan Times, 2000


Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese I
 *** NOTE: You HAVE TO RETURN the tape(s) on the last day of class.  If you do not return the tape(s), you will be charged $25.00 per tape. 

Other Materials

Kokuyo Japanese Writing Practice Notebook (50 letters)
A binder/folder to keep all of your work

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sakura02Summary of Course Objectives
Japanese 2106 is designed to help you learn about Japanese language and culture to enable you to handle your needs adequately if you attend a Japanese University for a semester.  In this course, you will learn:

    1. to make polite requests.
    2. to refuse requests politely.
    3. to ask permission.
    4. to give permission.
    5. to deny permission.
    6. to describe a sequence of events or actions.
    7. to explain the reason or the cause of situation, a proposal, and so on.
    8. to offer help politely.
    9. to ask directions.
    10. to give directions.
    11. to describe events or activities which are taking place.
    12. to describe the result of a change.
    13. to describe people.
    14. to express your opinion.
    15. to quote someone.
    16. to speak casually.
    17. to describe events and situations in the past.
    18. to read and write a short letter.
    19. to read and write a questionnaire.
    20. to present the results of the questionnaire.
    21. to read and write a journal.
    22. to read and write 60 new Kanji.

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 You will be evaluated by the following:



Class Participation




Written Quizzes



20% (5% x 4 presentations)


20% (5% x 4 presentations)


It is your responsibility to inform your instructor of the reason for any absences. If you have more than four unexcused absences, you must see Ms. Carol Meyer, Director of the Isabelle Kaplan Center for Languages and Cultures.  Unless you see Ms. Meyer, you will not be allowed to return to the class.  If you are more than 10 minutes late for class or if you are absent from class without notifying your instructor, it will be considered an absence.

Class Participation

Before coming to each class, you must listen to and practice assigned dialogue(s) and new vocabulary, and read the grammar points of the lesson.  In class you will encounter various situations in which you will need to perform the assigned dialogue(s) and utilize structural points.  Therefore, being prepared for class is not only required but is also necessary for you to participate in class.


Assignments from the textbook and the workbook are written in the schedule sheet.  In addition, sometimes assignment sheets are given in class and due dates are written on the sheets.  More details will be explained in class.  Assignments that are late or incomplete will not be accepted and will influence your evaluation for the course.

Written Quizzes

The dates of all quizzes and oral exams are included on the schedule sheet.   Absence from quizzes and exams will be excused only if you provide written proof of the reason for your absence.  Your instructor is not required to give make-up quizzes or exams.  If you know ahead of time that you will have to miss a quiz or exam, it is to your advantage to notify your instructor and make appropriate alternative arrangements.  The arrangements are at the discretion of your instructor.

Presentations and Essays

There will be four presentations in the course of the semester.  Each student is responsible for presenting their topic to their classmates.  Presentations should be about five to ten minutes long (depends on the topics) and should include visual aides.  Students are also required to hand in the written essay of the topic which they gave a presentation.  The dates of the presentations are included on the syllabus.  More details will be explained in class. 

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