2016 Advanced Japanese 2: Writing and Discussion

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Japanese language and culture courses
Yamamoto Hilofumi 
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Course description and aims

The aims of this course is to acquire advanced academic Japanese skills. specifically, you will learn how to discuss issues and summarize the argument in the discussion on a scientist who had an inpact on you.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to aquire a basic skill that allows you to organize a seminar: how to control audience's opinions; how to summarize issues in discussions.


seminar, preparation, strategy, expression, discussion.

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Class will be conducted with pairs or small groups. Class will start with lecture, followed by pair work. Students will make a presentation of the discussion outcome.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Guidance Analyze the style and procedure and discussion in a seminar browsing video sites such as YouTube.
Class 2 Do research on the life of a scientist who affects your life. Analyze the differences between a discussion in a seminar and a discussion which you have ever experiened.
Class 3 Make your points clear, and prepare for your seminar. Paticipate in a seminar and analyze what should be improved.
Class 4 Seminar 1 Paticipate in a seminar and analyze what should be improved.
Class 5 Seminar 2 Paticipate in a seminar and analyze what should be improved.
Class 6 Seminar 3 Summarize what you should improve based on your feedback report.
Class 7 Feedback. Share and disscuss the improvement of methods of discussion in a seminar with your classmates.
Class 8 Discuss how your or your peer's Japanese is improved through your seminar. Write a report about the methods of discussion in a seminar.


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Reference books, course materials, etc.

To be announced in class

Assessment criteria and methods

Assessment will be conducted based on student's attendance, discussions, a final report or a presentation.

Related courses

  • LAJ.J503 : Advanced Japanese 3 Academic presentation
  • LAJ.J601 : Advanced Japanese 4 How to write papers and a thesis
  • LAJ.J602 : Advanced Japanese 5 How to publish research papers

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

International students only.

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