2017 Japanese 2A GSEP

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Japanese language and culture courses
Sato Reiko  Yoshizawa Yukari 
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Mon1-2(W112)  Thr3-4(W936)  
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Course description and aims

The aims of this course are to learn the basics of how to tell a reason. Students will be requested to pick up a thing which you like most, write a short essay on it, and present your peers how much you like it with good reasons.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to acquire the basics of: 1) writing a short essay, 2) learning Japanese idiomatic expressions, and 3) remembering all of the fundamental kun'yomi kanji.


how to write an essay, written style Japanese, kun'yomi kanji, idiomatic Japanese

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 Orientation and diagnostic test Consider what is the best way of expressing a reason.
Class 2 Learn how to tell a reason. Collect what kinds of expression which indicate clear reason.
Class 3 Pick up your favorite thing for the final presentation. Consider the reason why you like your favorite thing. If there is a reason of it, tell the reason.
Class 4 Make a well-structured paragraph. Consider how you construct a paragraph in which you clearly insist the reason why you like it
Class 5 Collect suitable materials for your presentation. Collect suitable materials for your presentation.
Class 6 Find and arrange proper speech styles. Find and arrange proper speech styles.
Class 7 Make a presentation. Make a presentation.
Class 8 Feedback. Feedback.


Not specified.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Not specified.

Assessment criteria and methods

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

Related courses

  • LAJ.J104 : Japanese 2B
  • LAJ.J201 : Japanese 3A
  • LAJ.J202 : Japanese 3B
  • LAJ.J203 : Japanese 4A
  • LAJ.J204 : Japanese 4B

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

Only the first year international student can take this course.

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