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JAPN 101A: JAPANESE LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TEST PREPARATION I

Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 4
Hours: 4 lecture per week (48 total per quarter)
Advisory: JAPN 3 or equivalent.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate comprehension of idiomatic expressions and sentences written in Japanese phonetic symbols; Hiragana and Katakana, as well as basic Kanji.
  • Explain, ask, and give advice about customs and rules.

Description

This course is designed to help prepare students for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N4 level and aims at enabling students to pass the JLPT N4 level. Students will comprehensively expand their proficiency in Japanese and increase ability to use the knowledge in actual communication. Covers vocabulary, Kanji, grammar, reading comprehension and listening comprehension related to the JLPT N4 level. Special emphasis is placed on reading and listening comprehension. Students will also learn a strategy to pass the JLPT N4 level.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Demonstrate comprehension of idiomatic expressions and sentences written in Japanese phonetic symbols; Hiragana and Katakana, as well as basic Kanji.
B. Comprehend conversations about topics in daily life and classroom situations.
C. Recognize necessary information from short conversations spoken slowly.
D. Explain, ask, and give advice about customs and rules.
E. Identify and recognize 90 Kanji.

Course Content

A. Demonstrate comprehension of idiomatic expressions and sentences written in Japanese phonetic symbols; Hiragana and Katakana, as well as basic Kanji.
1. Create and comprehend conditional sentences.
2. Identify verbs in te-form (gerund) and their structures.
3. Identify potential form of verbs.
4. Talk about a cause and reason.
5. Talk about a past experience of doing something.
B. Comprehend conversations about topics in daily life and classroom situations.
1. Talk about one's hometown and what is famous there.
2. Explain the way in which an action is performed.
3. Use the passive form to talk about a receiver of an action.
4. Recommend a gift humbly.
5. Describe something's appearance or condition judged only by looking at it.
C. Recognize necessary information from short conversations spoken slowly.
1. Identify various speaking styles such as formal and casual styles.
2. Recognize the vertical relations among various speakers.
3. Recognizing ambiguous responses as a part of Japanese culture.
4. Express the situation within short conversations.
D. Explain, ask, and give advice about customs and rules.
1. Explain the meaning of words about Japanese customs.
2. Give standard response when greeted.
3. Use basic greetings and standard phrases of customs.
4. Ask for advice implicitly.
5. Give advice politely.
E. Identify and recognize 90 Kanji.
1. Read and write sentences using 90 Kanji.

Lab Content

Not applicable.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. When taught on campus, no special facility or equipment needed.
B. When taught via Foothill Global Access, on-going access to computer with email software and capabilities; CD player; email address.

Method(s) of Evaluation

Methods of evaluation will include:
A. Exams
B. Quizzes
C. Homework
D. Contributions to class participation

Method(s) of Instruction

A. Lecture
B. Face-to-face questions and answers
C. Group work and activities
D. Pair work and activities

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

ABK Kooeki Zaidan Hoojin. TRY! Japanese Language Proficiency Test N4. Revised ed. Tokyo: Asia Gakusee Bunka Kyookai, 2014. ISBN-13 9784872179019.

Obara, Akiko, and Kazuko Yokoi. Mimikara Oboeru Nihongo Nooryoku Shiken Chookai Toreeningu N4. Tokyo: ALC, 2011. ISBN-13 9784757420540.

Karasawa, Kazuko, Tomoko Kigami, and Mikiko Shibuya. Nihongo Challenge Kanji N4-5. Tokyo: ALC, 2017. ISBN-13 9784872177572.

 

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

A. Every month, students are required to read two dialogues and a story which consists of two or three paragraphs and answer some questions about the story that contains the grammar they studied in the chapter.

B. Outside of class assignments: Students will write answers to review questions for each lesson in the textbook.

 

Discipline(s)

Foreign Languages