2018 Basic Japanese 1 3QA

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Japanese language and culture courses
Yoshizawa Yukari 
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Media-enhanced courses
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Mon5-6(W112)  Wed3-4(W936)  
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Course description and aims

This course is aimed at first-time learners of the Japanese language (Beginner 1). Students will learn the basic of Japanese grammar and vocabulary for everyday situations and also some information about Japanese culture and society. Students will learn Japanese characters, Hiragana and Katakana. Through a variety of communicative activities, students will be able to communicate in ordinary conversation and will learn how to express their own ideas using basic Japanese.

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. ・Speak in Japanese about daily activities including time and place, express opinions and comments using simple sentences.・Read and write Hiragana and Katakana.


Japanese, basic level, beginner, conversation, communication, hiragana, katakana

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 knowledge of basic Japanese language structures and grammatical items to promote language proficiency. To prepare for class, students should read the course schedule and check up on new terms. Towards the end of every class, students are given assignments and are expected to turn it in in the next class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Orientation and placement test Make sure that you reserve a class which you want to take.
Class 2 Lesson 1: Self introduction, Greetings This class will cover the following language focuses: N1 wa N2 desu N1 no N2
Class 3 Lesson 2: Asking names, nationalities, major, etc Asking prices Hiragana: a, ka, sa, ga, za lines. N wa nan/dochira/ikura desu ka N1 mo N2 desu
Class 4 Lesson 3: Words for daily goods, food, etc. Hiragana: ta, na, ha, da, ba, pa lines. Kore/Sore/Are wa N desu. Kono N1 wa N2(person) no (N3)desu. N1 desu ka,N2 desu ka.
Class 5 Lesson 4: Talking about daily activities Hiragana: ma, ya, ra, wa, n lines. N o V-masu/V-masen(negative). N1 to N2
Class 6 Lesson 5: Telling the time Lesson 5: Telling the time Describing a daily/Weekly schedule Hiragana: double consonants, long vowels, contracted sound _ji _hun desu. _ji ni V-masu. N kara N made
Class 7 Lesson 6: Talking about one's activities in past Hiragana review, Review (L1-L5) V-mashita./V-masen deshita. (V past tense) N (place) e V-masu.
Class 8 Lesson 7: Making suggestions and inviting Hiragana quiz V-masen ka. (suggestion) V-masho.
Class 9 Lesson 8 and 9: Talking about the existence or location of people and things Katakana: a, ka, sa, ga, za lines (position) ni N ga imasu./arimasu
Class 10 Lesson 11: Talking about things and place using adjectives Katakana: ma, ya, ra, wa, n lines N (place) e N/V ni V-masu. (purpose of movement) N (person) ni N o agemasu/moraimasu.(giving and receiving)
Class 11 Lesson 11: Talking about things and place using adjectives Katakana: ma, ya, ra, wa, n lines N wa i-Adjective/na-Adjective. desu. (non-past/ affirmative)
Class 12 Lesson 12: Talking about things and place using adjectives Katakana review N wa i-Adjective kunai desu. (negative) N wa n-Adjective dewa arimasen (negative)
Class 13 Lesson 13 and 14: Talking about what you want to do. Expressing preferences and skillfulness katakana quiz N ga hoshii desu. (desire, wish) N o V-tai desu. N ga suki desu. (preference)
Class 14 Lesson 15: Comparing things. Agreeing and disagreeing and Review (L6-L15) N1 wa N2 yori i-Adj/na-Adj desu. (comparative degree)
Class 15 Review and Examination (Lesson 1-15) Review.


Yamazaki Yoshiko, Doi Mitsuru Basic Japanese for Students Hakase1 3A Corporation ISBN-13: 978-4883194056

Reference books, course materials, etc.

None required

Assessment criteria and methods

1) Assignment 20% 2) Final Examination 80%

Related courses

  • LAJ.J412 : Basic Japanese 2

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

First time learners of Japanese language, or students who have not reached "Basic Japanese 2"(LAJ.J412) level.


You must reserve your seat of this class in advance using Japanese class online system (http://js.ila.titech.ac.jp/~web). You will not be allowed to take a seat without your reservation.

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