JPN4108 Images and Culture     Spring of 2007

sakura02Description of the Course

This course is a continuation of RJ4107.  Many people change the channel when a commercial comes on.  However, commercials are a great tool in learning language and culture.  Words in advertisements and commercials are simple but effective, and products and their presentation reflect the society and the cultural values of that society.  In this course students will analyze various Japanese advertisements and commercials.  They also examine different aspects such as styles in the language and images of men and women.  Students will learn to agree and disagree with others’ opinions appropriately.  Students will also continue to develop their skills in the Japanese writing system - Katakana, Hiragana, and Kanji throughout the course.  As a final project in this course, students will write an analysis of a Japanese commercial. 

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Ikuko Yoshida 吉田郁子


Barn 217




Class Schedule

Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday
10:10 a.m. ? 12:00 p.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 II
by Eri Banno, et al., The Japan Times, 1999


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


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

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 Goals

Japanese 4108 is designed to help you improve your communication skills and your understanding of Japanese culture.  You will learn to:


    1. describe the giving and receiving of service.
    2. make a request politely.
    3. express wishes for someone and yourself.
    4. describe when something happens or has happened.
    5. apologize for something you have done.
    6. report something you heard.
    7. state conditional dependence (if).
    8. describe what you do not need to do.
    9. express resemblances of things and people.
    10. express the idea that appears to be the case.
    11. describe the events before/after another event happens.
    12. utilize transitive verbs.
    13. express sense of regret.
    14. state completion of activities.
    15. describe a cause and an effect.
    16. describe two actions which are performed at the same time.
    17. express their opinions.
    18. agree/disagree with others appropriately.
    19. give suggestions.
    20. deny suggestions politely.
    21. utilize distal-style, humble-politeness, honorific-politeness, and direct-style.
    22. present oral and written reports in Japanese on topics studied.
    23. read and write about 50 new Kanji.


    1. identify Japanese culture while they read texts and watch Japanese advertisements.
    2. compare Japanese language and culture with their own language and culture.
    3. hypothesize the rules of Japanese language and Japanese culture from reading and clues they watched.
    4. hypothesize unknown vocabulary from the context.
    5. analyze connections between cultural perspectives and socially approved behavioral patterns within Japanese cultural contexts.
    6. reflect on how they feel using or thinking in Japanese compared to their first language and articulate cultural differences they perceive.

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Kanji Quizzes



20% (Presentation 10% + Paper 10%)


20% (Presentation 10% + Paper 10%)


It is your responsibility to inform your instructor of the reason for any absences. If you have more than three 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.


Before coming to each class, you must complete the assignment(s).  In class you will engage in conversations and discussions based on the assignments and exchange information and opinions with your classmates.  Therefore, being prepared for class is not only required but is also necessary for you to participate in class.


Your assignments are given in the syllabus or in class and are due on the dates indicated.  Assignments that are late or incomplete will not be accepted and will influence your evaluation for the course. 

Kanji Quizzes

The dates of all quizzes are included on the syllabus.  Absence from quizzes 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.  If you know ahead of time that you will have to miss a quiz, it is to your advantage to notify your instructor and make appropriate alternative arrangements.  The arrangements are at the discretion of your instructor.

Mid-term and Final

There will be two presentations (mid-term and final) in the course of the semester.  Each student is responsible for presenting their topic to their classmates.  Presentations should be about five minutes long and should include visual aides.  Students are also required to hand in the written form of the presentations.  The dates of the presentations are included on the syllabus. 

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