Academic Catalog

JAPN 5: INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE II

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)
Prerequisite: JAPN 4 or equivalent.
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

  • Perform with more acceptable ability in differentiating socio-linguistic features of speech. Sustain more lengthy conversations, discussing topics beyond basic needs.
  • Construct sentences using more complex structures and noun modifier clauses.

Description

Continuation of JAPN 4. Development of intermediate-level grammatical structures and communicative tasks. Further practice in intensive oral and written drills, including additional 150 Kanji, in idiomatic constructions. Composition, conversation and selected readings. Differentiating socio-linguistic features, such as honorifics, feminine and masculine styles. Cultural skills to carry out tasks.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Perform with more advanced ability in differentiating socio-linguistic features of speech, e.g., honorifics, intimate/distal, formal/informal, feminine and masculine styles.
B. Sustain more lengthy conversations, discussing topics beyond basic needs.
C. Demonstrate comprehension of authentic materials which use vocabulary and forms studied.
D. Make suppositions, conjectures and hypotheses.
E. Demonstrate knowledge of conditional and subjunctive sentence structures.
F. Construct sentences using more complex noun modifier clauses and grammatical structures.
G. Analyze the topics covered in the lessons by contrasting different ways of thinking and doing things in the U.S. and Japan.
H. Identify and recognize 580 Kanji.

Course Content

A. Perform with more advanced ability in differentiating socio-linguistic features of speech, e.g., honorifics, intimate/distal, formal/informal, feminine and masculine styles.
1. Distinguishing different speech styles and subtle nuances.
2. Recognizing and utilizing various cultural strategies.
3. Using honorifics (polite forms, humble forms and respectful forms).
4. Expressing an opinion in a polite and subtle way.
B. Sustain more lengthy conversations, discussing topics beyond basic needs.
1. Reporting/quoting statements and questions.
2. Hypothesizing.
3. Expressing regrets and resentments (conditional structure: ~ba yokatta).
4. Expressing gratitude (~te kurete arigatoo).
5. Making conjectures and suppositions.
6. Expressing and receiving compliments.
C. Demonstrate comprehension of authentic materials which use vocabulary and forms studied.
1. Reporting/quoting simple editorials and cultural essays.
2. Summarizing simple authentic materials.
3. Distinguishing different writing styles.
D. Make suppositions, conjectures and hypotheses.
1. Hypothesizing based on the information received.
2. Making conjectures and suppositions.
3. Reading between the lines.
E. Demonstrate knowledge of conditional and subjunctive sentence structures.
1. Using conditional sentences.
2. Expressing opinions with conditionals.
F. Construct sentences using more complex noun modifier clauses and grammatical structures.
1. Different uses of soo: (looks like, hearsay, be about to).
2. Before/after: ~ru mae ni/~te kara.
3. Transitive and Intransitive verbs.
4. Honorifics (humble forms vs. respectful forms).
5. Conditional structure: ~ba yokatta.
6. ~nagara: while doing something.
7. Expressions of gratitude: ~te kurete arigatoo.
8. Questions within larger sentences.
9. Expression of simultaneous actions using ~nagara.
10. Expression of regret: ~ba yokatta.
11. ~ yasui/~nikui: easy to do ~/difficult to do ~.
G. Analyze the topics covered in the lessons by contrasting different ways of thinking and doing things in the U.S. and Japan.
1. Expressing regrets and resentments.
2. Correct manners in socializing.
3. Expressing thanks for hospitality.
4. Etiquette of gift-giving/souvenirs.
5. Expressing an opinion in a polite way.
6. Expressing and receiving compliments.
7. Visiting someone else's home: proper manners.
H. Identify and recognize 580 Kanji.
1. Reading and writing 580 Kanji and their compounds and idioms.

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

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Classroom preparation and participation in discussion
B. Oral testing activities
C. Quizzes and tests
D. Written assignments
E. Cultural report
G. Final examination
H. 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. 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.



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