East Asian Languages and Cultures | Elementary Japanese I
J101 | 1732-1734 | Tsujimura


The goal of J101 is for students to acquire basic communicative
skills in Japanese and to become well-rounded in their overall
skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing). This course will
introduce hiragana, katakana, and a few kanji. Each week, the class
meets in two large-group (TR) and three small-group (MWF) sessions.
The TR sessions primarily introduce and explain the grammar and
culture relevant to the lesson; use of Japanese by students is
encouraged, but students may use English to ask questions on aspects
of grammar or culture. Use of Japanese by both instructors and
students is mandatory in the MWF sessions, which are devoted
primarily to practicing what has been introduced in the TR sessions.

Course requirements include class performance, for which daily
practice with language tapes is essential; regular attendance in all
class sessions; homework assignments; and quizzes, a midterm, and a
final exam.