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Japanese Courses

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The Japanese Program offers the following courses (*Courses being offered Fall 2017):

*LJPN100 First Year Japanese I – 5 credit, daily course
This is a course for students who have very little or no knowledge of/about the Japanese language. Students acquire basic reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in contemporary Japanese and acquire basic, current knowledge of Japanese culture.

LJPN107 First Year Japanese II – 5 credit, daily course
This is a course for students who have completed LJPN105 (First-Year Japanese I) or have equivalent of Japanese skills. Students will continue to acquire basic reading, writing, listening and speaking skills and be able to communicate effectively in contemporary Japanese. 90-100 new Chinese characters will be introduced to add to previously learned ones.

*LJPN200 Second Year Japanese I – 5 credit, daily course
This is a course for students who have completed LJPN107 (First-Year Japanese II) or have equivalent Japanese skills. Students will further develop the basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in order to enable proficient communication in contemporary Japanese. Students will also learn various speech styles and levels in the Japanese language. Students will continue to learn 76 new kanji characters as well as review previously learned characters. Students will expand their knowledge of current and traditional culture.

LJPN201 Second Year Japanese II – 5 credit, daily course
This is a course for students who have completed LJPN200 (Second-Year Japanese I) or have equivalent Japanese skills. Students will further develop the basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in order to enable proficient communication in contemporary Japanese. Students will also learn various speech styles, levels of politeness in the Japanese language. Students will continue to learn 116 new kanji characters as well as review previously learned characters. Students will expand their knowledge of current and traditional culture and customs through literature.

*LJPN208 Kanji Study – 1 credit supplementary course
Kanji (Chinese characters) are an essential part of the Japanese language. Yet their unique form and use pose difficulties for most students of Japanese who feel uncertain about their kanji knowledge and use. Students often have difficulty in learning new kanji and maintaining previously learned kanji. This course is designed as a one-credit hour supplementary class that is to be taken concurrently with LJPN107/201. The classes will mostly be student instructed in a rotation manner, with different students presenting 3 different kanji characters each week and conducting activities to reinforce learning of the kanji.

LJPN250 Japanese Language, Literature, Culture in Translation. CRN: 11924
The objective of this course is to develop a basic understanding of critical elements of Japanese culture through observations of the country’s geography, language, classical literature, historical developments, various forms of arts, and social structures of the modern society.  No prior knowledge of the Japanese language is required.  A wide variety of materials such as photographs, videos, films and hands-on workshops are employed to enhance students’ learning.

*LJPN304 Third Year Japanese I – 3 credits
This course is designed to further enhance proficiency in the Japanese language through a variety of activities and exercises, and to heighten sensitivity to the Japanese culture.  Reading assignments will consist of expository texts, and expository writings, which may or may not have been abridged and/or edited.  Skimming, scanning and summarizing skills as well as critical thinking will be developed through discussions.  Dialogues will be practiced, followed by questions for guided discussions.  There will be writing assignments that require some research.

LJPN305 Third Year Japanese II – 3 credits
This course is for students who have completed LJPN304 or have equivalent Japanese skills and is designed to further enhance proficiency in the Japanese language through a variety of activities and exercises, and to heighten sensitivity to the Japanese culture.  Reading assignments will consist of expository texts, and expository writings. Skimming, scanning, summarizing and analyzing skills as well as critical thinking will be developed through discussions and readings.  Dialogues will be practiced, followed by questions for guided discussions.  There will be writing assignments that require some research. Students will be required to present the summary of their research results.

*LJPN404 Aspects of the Language and Society – 3 credits
This course is an advanced level of Japanese and designed to enhance proficiency in the Japanese language through a variety of activities such as skits, discussions, presentations and exercises, and to heighten sensitivity to the Japanese culture and other cultures.  Reading assignments will look into historical aspects of the Japanese language and society.  Skimming, scanning and summarizing skills as well as critical thinking will be practiced through discussions.  There will be writing assignments that require well-organized research.  Students will be required to read authentic Japanese materials.  Also, students will be required to present oral reports on their research results.

LJPN405 Integrated Japanese: Beyond Words – 3 credits
This course is an integrated Japanese course and designed to further enhance proficiency in the Japanese language through a variety of activities such as discussions, presentations, translations, analyses of lyrics and debates, and to further learn social, psychological aspects of Japanese culture and other cultures. Reading assignments will consist of original expository texts, contemporary literature, Japanese manga (comics), newspaper articles and expository writings, which may or may not have been abridged and/or edited.  Skimming, scanning and summarizing skills as well as critical and innovative thinking will continue to be developed through reading newspaper articles, short stories, debates and discussions.  Students will lead class discussions and give a summary of discussion with a conclusion.  One research paper is required on the topic of a student’s interest etc.  Students will be required to keep a journal when reading authentic Japanese materials for the research.  Research results will be presented in class.

LJPN408 Advanced Kanji Study – one credit supplementary course
One must learn at least 2000 Kanji (Chinese characters) to be able to read a Japanese newspaper, so Kanji is an essential part of the Japanese language. Yet, their unique form and use pose difficulties for most students of Japanese who feel uncertain about their kanji knowledge and use. Students often have difficulty in learning new kanji and retaining learned kanji. In this course students will learn additional advanced kanji characters and the use of kanji in compound words in order to broaden their vocabulary. This course is designed as a one-credit hour supplementary class that is to be taken concurrently with LJPN404/405. Third year students who wish to take this course must obtain the instructor’s permission. Each class will begin with a 10- to 15-minute long activity and/or presentation given by the student instructor. The remainder of the class time will mostly consist of student instruction in a rotation manner, with students taking turns presenting three different kanji characters and conducting an activity to review kanji each week. The student instructor will introduce new characters taken from authentic materials such as Japanese newspaper articles, literary books, technical and/or contemporary magazines, songs and comic books.Japanese classes.FA17