2016 Introduction to Japanese 2B

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Japanese language and culture courses
Doi Mitsuru  Yamamoto Hilofumi 
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Course description and aims

This course is aimed at Japanese learner at the beginning level. Students will learn the basic Japanese grammar and vocabulary for everyday situation and also some information about Japanese culture and society. In addition to conversational practices, reading and writing activities will be taken into the coursework. Kanji learning also will be prepared.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to: ・Understand basic Japanese structure, grammar and vocabulary and will be able to use it on a daily basis. ・Make requests, ask permissions, express abilities and so on. ・Talk about past events or experiences. ・Express opinions or thoughts.・Read and write 150 kanji.


Japanese, basic level, beginner, conversation, communication, kanji

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Students will gain the knowledge of basic Japanese language structure and grammatical items to promote language proficiency. To prepare for the class, students should read the course schedule and check up on new terms in the course book. Students are given assignments and should keep it a habit to the following continuity; preview, attending a class and review. At the final class, students are requested to make a short presentation.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Describing actions in progress. Offering and making requests. V-te imasu. V-te kudasai.
Class 2 Asking permission.Expressing prohibition. Sequencing events and describing daily routines. V-temo iidesu. V-naide kudasai. V-te, V-masu.
Class 3 Making negative requests. Expressing obligations. V-naide kudasai. V-nakerea narimasen.
Class 4 Expressing abilities. V(dictionary form) koto ga dekimasu.
Class 5 Talking about past experience. Talking in the plain style. V-ta kotoga arimasu.
Class 6 Expressing opinions. Expressing things and persons with noun modifiers. ~to omoimasu. (sentence)+N
Class 7 Expressing time or occasions. Expressing conditions. V(dictionaryform/ta) toki, N/-Adjective/na-Adjective/N) tara
Class 8 Expressing giving and receiving. moraimasu. Vte moraimasu/kuremasu/agemasu


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Reference books, course materials, etc.

Minna no Nihongo 2nd version: Translation & Grammatical Notes

Assessment criteria and methods

Homework 50% Kanji quiz 10% Examination 20% Presentation 20%

Related courses

  • LAJ.T103 : Introduction to Japanese 2A

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

Finished LAJ.T103.

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