First Year Japanese - Third Term

Course Number: JPN 103
Transcript Title: First Year Japanese
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 7, 2017
Total Credits: 5
Lecture Hours: 50
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


JPN 102 or instructor permission

Course Description

Continues the introduction of Japanese language and culture, emphasizing effective communicative skills in written and spoken language. Expands the practice, product and perspective of Japanese culture. The third course of a three-course sequence. Prerequisite: JPN 102 or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply a clear understanding of the nature of tonal Japanese language in tone and pitch.
  2. Communicate using appropriate vocabulary and mid-level formal speech when interacting with native Japanese speakers.
  3. Apply common cultural understandings and recognize cultural values when interacting with native speakers of Japanese and new authentic texts.
  4. Use an understanding of slightly complex Japanese syntactic system to read and compose simple Japanese texts in Japanese Kana syllabaries and additional Kanji characters.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

In-depth 1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)


2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)
3. Extract, interpret, evaluate, communicate, and apply quantitative information and methods to solve problems, evaluate claims, and support decisions in their academic, professional and private lives. (Quantitative Literacy)


4. Appreciate cultural diversity and constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)


5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will be assessed by any combination of the following:

  1. Active participation in class.
  2. Individual presentations.
  3. Contextual written tasks (in or outside of class) to assess reading, writing, cultural, and aural competencies, as well as quizzes over syllabaries and kanji.
  4. Oral interviews with partner or instructor.
  5. In class, interactive student role-plays.

Course Activities and Design

The course is taught in an immersion-style requiring various levels of collaboration, creativity, and critical-thinking skills; the course is designed to help student develop the control of their learning and respect toward different cultures through hands-on activities:

  1. One-to-one interviews are graded against a rubric that assesses complexity, comprehensibility, comprehension, fluency, accuracy, and effort.
  2. Project presentations are graded against a rubric that assesses content, organization, creativity, fluency, accuracy, word choice, and voice.
  3. Individual or small activities require self-discipline, cultural literacy, and collaborations in a community-like learning environment.
  4. Japanese word-processing, which enhances critical-thinking will be taught.
  5. Multicultural activities outside the class may be added. (ex. international festival; field trip; collaboration with another class, etc.)

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Include all or most of the following:

  1. Adjectives in past, affirmative and negative
  2. Predicate using the Copula, i-adjectives and na-adjectives, in past
  3. Verbs in non-past, informal speech, affirmative and negative
  4. Verbs in past, informal speech, affirmative and negative
  5. Describes weather, climate, physical descriptions and makes comparisons
  6. Location and prefectures in major islands of Japan
  7. Family, polite and humble polite form of nouns
  8. Hobbies and pastimes
  9. Conjunctions and disjunctive conjunctions
  10. Potential form of verbs
  11. Letter writing

Competencies and Skills

  1. Makes invitations and telephone conversations in a culturally appropriate manner.
  2. Recognizes basic linguistic and cultural differences between non-Indo-European and Indo-European worlds.
  3. Describes weather, climate and makes comparisons.
  4. Asks questions about the language in Japanese.
  5. Makes and responds to compliments in a culturally appropriate manner.
  6. Recognizes the concept of in and out group and introduces family members.
  7. Discusses about hobbies and pastimes using family member names in a culturally appropriate manner.
  8. Writes a letter in a culturally appropriate manner.
  9. Reads for general meanings in texts using combination of syllabaries and Kanji.
  10. Recognizes tones and pitches that is specific to Japanese.
  11. Writes sentences expressing causal actions and events using syllabaries and 50-80 Kanji.