Academic Catalog

JAPN 13A: INTERMEDIATE CONVERSATION 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)
Prerequisite: JAPN 3.
Advisory: May be taken concurrently with JAPN 4.
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

  • Interpret speech of native speakers on general, familiar topics at a normal rate of speech.
  • Express feelings, opinions, and intentions. Argue, evaluate, and request with fluency.

Description

Speaking and listening experience in culturally appropriate ways. Special emphasis on correct perception and speaking, and familiarity with oral idioms and grammar as they differ from more formal written and literary uses. Development of critical thinking skills by comparing different viewpoints and different values of diverse cultures. Development of listening and speaking skills by exploring various forms of authentic materials, such as current news media, formal and informal conversations. Understanding ambiguities, vagaries, and value inherent in the target language.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. interpret speech of native speakers on general, familiar topics at a normal rate of speech
B. express feelings, opinions, and intentions, argue, evaluate, and request with fluency
C. talk intelligently and idiomatically about topics covered in the course
D. recognize and explain aspects of Japanese culture
E. predict a pattern of behavior and thinking of the Japanese people in a given situation

Course Content

A. Interpret speech of native speakers on general, familiar topics at a normal rate of speech.
1. Distinguishing different speaking styles: plain, polite, humble and respect forms.
2. Greeting and addressing people according to their vertical relations (e.g., social standings and age differences).
3. Appreciating nonverbal communications, such as gestures and body languages.
4. Understanding ambiguities, vagaries and other cultural connotations of Japanese language.
B. Express feelings, opinions, and intentions, argue, evaluate, and request with fluency.
1. Giving advice, getting advice, and declining politely.
2. Expressing gratitude and apologies.
3. Describing a future action and a purpose.
4. Making a request and declining a request in a polite way.
5. State and support one’s opinions.
C. Talk intelligently and idiomatically about topics covered in the course.
1. Inquiring about something, describing details and confirming information.
2. Placing orders for merchandise and canceling orders.
3. Getting around by public transportation: asking for direction, showing the way and giving suggestions.
D. Recognize and explain aspects of Japanese culture.
1. Appreciating human life and current trend by watching and analyzing Japanese videos for discussion.
2. Analyzing and evaluating different ideas, information, and opinions.
E. Predicting a pattern of behavior and thinking of the Japanese people in a given situation.
1. Appreciating different values by having critical discussions with variety of native speaking guests.

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 email software and hardware; email address.

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Classroom participation and preparation
B. Oral testing activities
C. Final examination
D. Culture report
E. 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

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Shimada, Kazuko. Dekiru Nihongo: Sho-Chuu Kyuu. Tokyo: Alc, 2012.

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

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



NOTE: Although the textbooks are more than 5 years old, they are still valid and the most widely used textbooks in the US.



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

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

Handouts and other authentic materials, such as TV programs, commercials and news broadcasts. Online news articles for discussion, such as:

http://www.asahi.com/

https://mainichi.jp/

http://www.sankei.com/

 

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.

 

Discipline(s)

Foreign Languages