Second Year Japanese - First Term

Course Number: JPN 201
Transcript Title: Second 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 103 or instructor permission

Course Description

Reviews and continues study of Japanese language and culture, emphasizing effective communicative skills in written and spoken language. Examines new practices, products and perspectives of Japanese culture. The first course of a three-course sequence of second-year Japanese. Prerequisite: JPN 103 or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  1. Apply broader cultural understandings and recognize Japanese cultural values to interact with native speakers of Japanese.
  2. Employ an understanding of the Japanese syntactic system to read and compose colloquial Japanese texts in Japanese Kana syllabaries and increased Kanji characters.
  3. Use intermediate-level Japanese grammatical structures and vocabulary to acquire information in semi-predictable settings.
  4. Use effective communicative skills to interact with native Japanese speakers by managing mid-level formal speech.

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. Various writing assignments are graded against a rubric that assesses organization, critical-thinking, voice, accuracy, complexity, fluency, and word choice.

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)

Includes all or most of the following:

  1. Verbs in non-past, mid-level formal speech
  2. Verbs in past, mid-level formal speech
  3. Verbs in non-past, informal speech, affirmative and negative
  4. Polite and humble polite form of nouns
  5. Self-Introductions in a culturally appropriate manner
  6. Family
  7. Hobbies and pastimes
  8. Multiple particles in negative statements
  9. Interrogatives with Ka, Mo and Demo
  10. Potential forms of verbs
  11. Nominalizers: Koto and No
  12. Describes progressive
  13. Verbs in gerund
  14. Personal pronouns and demonstrative pronouns
  15. Daily and weekend activities
  16. Telephone conversations
  17. Invitations in a culturally appropriate manner
  18. Conjunctions and disjunctive conjunctions
  19. Positional words form of verbs
  20. Predicate using the Copula, I-adjectives and Na-adjectives, in past
  21. Foods, beverages, flavors, and cooking terms
  22. Basic compound verbs using Miru, Shimau, Iku, Kuru
  23. Past tense of Verbs with Moo and Mada

Competencies and Skills

  1. Describes abilities
  2. Describes a change in state
  3. Describes state of being
  4. Recognizes basic linguistic and cultural differences between non-Indo-European and Indo-European worlds
  5. Describes weather, climate and makes comparisons
  6. Makes and responds to compliments in a culturally appropriate manner
  7. Recognizes the concept of in and out group and introduces family members
  8. Discusses about hobbies and pastimes using family members
  9. Writes lists and discrete sentences using syllabaries and 80 Kanji
  10. Reads for general meanings in texts using combination of syllabaries and Kanji
  11. Asks questions about the language in Japanese
  12. Recognizes tones and pitches
  13. Writes sentences expressing cause and effects
  14. Describes objects, people, action and events using relative clause
  15. Expresses experience
  16. Expresses an opinion
  17. Expresses a desire and someone’s desire
  18. Quotes speech
  19. Expresses intention
  20. Expresses simultaneous action
  21. States decision

Materials on cultural literacy and social responsibility are either in English or a mixture of Japanese and English. In-depth discussions are done in Japanese, or in a mixture of Japanese and English.