Academic Catalog

JAPN 1: ELEMENTARY JAPANESE I

Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 5
Hours: 5 lecture per week (60 total per quarter)
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Introduce oneself, greet, ask and answer simple questions related to daily familiar topics.
  • Recognize oral and written messages, and produce sentences, orally and in writing, on the daily familiar topics.

Description

Oral and written practice in the minimum competencies in language functions: vocabulary essential to basic communicative situations, grammar necessary for carrying out functions, signals for carrying out communicative tasks, and cultural skills in specific situations. Introduction to Hiragana, Katakana and about 80 Kanji.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Recognize and use terms of amenities in simple conversation about everyday life activities within the range of learned vocabulary patterns and idioms.
B. Compare aspects of Japanese culture with those of the U.S., and participate in culture-oriented tasks.
C. Recognize and reproduce all Hiragana, Katakana and 75 Chinese characters (Kanji).
D. Differentiate in-group and out-group and use formal and casual expressions.
E. Recognize oral and written messages, and produce sentences, orally and in writing, in the daily familiar topics.
F. Speak with reasonably accurate pronunciation and speech patterns, and show awareness of a native sense of language rhythm.

Course Content

A. Recognize and use terms of amenities in simple conversation about everyday life activities within the range of learned vocabulary patterns and idioms.
1. Time: hours, a.m./p.m., dates, year, numbers, and counters
2. Asking and answering questions, and giving directions
3. Talking about daily activities
4. Shopping and ordering meals
B. Compare aspects of Japanese culture with those of the U.S., and participate in culture-oriented tasks.
1. Greetings and addressing people according to the vertical relations
2. Signaling to end a conversation
3. Dealing with problems in restaurants
4. Getting someone to repeat something one did not catch
5. Confirming information
6. Gaining time to collect one's thoughts
C. Recognize and reproduce all Hiragana, Katakana and 75 Chinese characters (Kanji).
1. Use all three writing systems to write simple sentences
D. Differentiate in-group and out-group and use formal and casual expressions.
1. Formal and informal introductions
2. Distinguishing formal and casual styles
E. Recognize oral and written messages, and produce sentences, orally and in writing, in the daily familiar topics.
1. Copula desu/ja arimasen/ deshita/ja arimasen deshita
2. Particles: wa and mo (discourse), no (modifying and possession indicating), ga (subject-marker), o (object-marker), ni and e (direction-marker), de (location-marker of action), ni (location-marker of existence), de (indicating tools and means), to (companion-marker), kara (indicating reasons/causes), nara (confirming specification), ya, toka, and to (conjunctive)
3. Verbs in the distal form masu/ masen/mashita/masen desita: Motion verbs, action verbs, and existence verbs
4. Question words: donata/dare (who), nan/nani (what), itsu (when), and doko (where)
5. Demonstrative prefixes ko/so/a/do
F. Speak with reasonably accurate pronunciation and speech patterns, and show awareness of a native sense of language rhythm.
1. Recognize different pitches
2. Recognize different intonation patterns
3. Speak with accurate pronunciation and natural rhythm

Lab Content

Not applicable.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. Audio CDs and software.
B. Genki Resource Library: http://genki.japantimes.co.jp/resources
C. Genki Self Study Room: http://genki.japantimes.co.jp/self
D. When taught via Foothill Global Access: on-going access to computer with java-script enabled Internet browsing software, media plug-ins, and relevant computer applications.

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Periodic oral and written examinations.
B. The final grade is based on performance in the following activities:
1. Classroom preparation and participation in classroom discussions
2. Oral testing activities
3. Written assignments
4. Exams and quizzes
5. Final examination
6. Online listening, reading and writing assignments

Method(s) of Instruction

A. Lecture
B. Face-to-face questions and answers
C. Group work and activities
D. Pair work and activities
E. Small group conversation practice with in-class tutors
F. Feedback on oral presentations
G. Feedback on writing exercises

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Banno, Eri, et. al. Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese. (with audio CDs) Vol. 1, 2nd ed. Tokyo: The Japan Times, 2011.

Banno, Eri, et. al. Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese. Workbook (with audio CDs) Vol. 1, 2nd ed. Tokyo: The Japan Times, 2011.



Although these texts are older than the suggested "5 years or newer" standard, they remain seminal texts in this area of study.



Handouts and other authentic materials, such as TV programs, commercials and news broadcasts.

Genki Resource Library: http://genki.japantimes.co.jp/resources

Genki Self Study Room: http://genki.japantimes.co.jp/self

 

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Reading the grammar points and model dialogues in the textbook and the workbook.

B. Read the online resource materials to prepare for in-class discussions.

C. Read online articles on current and historical issues involving Japan to prepare for in-class discussions.

D. Essay writing and compositions.

 

Discipline(s)

Foreign Languages