Second Year Japanese - Third Term

Course Number: JPN 203
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 202 or instructor permission

Course Description

Continues study of Japanese language and culture, emphasizing effective communicative skills in written and spoken language. Expands practices, products and perspectives of Japanese culture. The third course of a three-course sequence. Prerequisite: JPN 202 or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

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

  1. Apply deepened cultural understandings and recognize Japanese cultural values to interact with native speakers of Japanese and authentic texts.
  2. Employ an understanding of the Japanese syntactic system to form opinions, comments, explanations, agreements, disagreements and intentions.
  3. Use intermediate-level Japanese grammatical structures and vocabulary to acquire information in more authentic settings.
  4. Use effective communicative skills to interact with native speakers of Japanese by managing mid-level formal, some informal and polite formal levels of 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.) Materials on cultural literacy and social responsibility are either in English or a mixture of Japanese and English. In-depth discussions are done in English.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Include all or most of the following:

  1. Houses
  2. Furnishings and appliances
  3. Household chores
  4. To do things like such and such: ...tari...tari
  5. To use polite forms of verbs in giving and receiving
  6. States different states of action using verbs with Tokoro
  7. Cars and driving
  8. Maintenance and repairs
  9. Transportation and traffic in the city
  10. Use of compound verbs such as Teoku, Tearu and Teiru
  11. Transitive and intransitive verbs

The following topics may also be included:

  1. Body parts
  2. Feeling and emotions
  3. Health and Illness
  4. Describing attributes: the construction
  5. Make statements about others using causatives
  6. Asks for clarifications using interrogatives
  7. Makes statements using embedded questions
  8. Expresses reasons using Hazu

Competencies and Skills

  1. Describes by giving examples of actions
  2. Expresses a purpose
  3. States giving and receiving
  4. Expresses permission
  5. Makes negative requests
  6. Offers advice
  7. Expresses different states of actions
  8. Describes a preparatory action
  9. States how to do something
  10. Describes situations in which doer’s action affects the object
  11. Describes situations in which the subject performs an action on its own
  12. Expresses a just-completed action using verbs with Bakarida or Tokoroda
  13. Expresses results and states of being
  14. Expresses an attempt
  15. Adverbial clause meaning without doing: -Naide
  16. Writes paragraphs using syllabaries and 150 Kanji

The following competency skills may also be obtained:

  1. Analogy and exemplification
  2. Discusses about appearance
  3. States when allowing another person to do something
  4. Asks for clarifications
  5. Expressing expectations

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.