2018 Japanese 1A GSEP

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Japanese language and culture courses
Sato Reiko  Yoshizawa Yukari 
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Mon1-2(W112)  Wed7-8(W113)  
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Course description and aims

The aim of this course is to learn Japanese expressions and language skills which are useful when you attend a lecture at university. Specifically, students will be requested to write a short paper using data collected by themselves.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to acquire the basic skills of: 1) writing a short report, 2) using useful Japanese idiomatic expressions, and 3) reading and using essential kanji characters in kun'yomi.


how to write a report, 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

After a brief explanation is provided, group discussion will be held in pairs or groups of three or so. Then, students will give a presentation about the discussion outcomes.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Orientation and diagnostic test Collect some paper in which you are interested.
Class 2 Learn the style of paper. Find some useful expression to write a paper.
Class 3 Find your theme. Find your theme in which you can easily collect data.
Class 4 Make a research question. Make a research question which you can answer with Yes or No.
Class 5 Collect data and express in figures and tables. Learn how to draw a figure/table and its caption.
Class 6 Write a paper. Learn what are the stylistic elements of a paper.
Class 7 Make a presentation. Consider the speech style of a scientific presentation.
Class 8 Feedback. Consider what kinds of comments are useful for presentors.


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.J102 : Japanese 1B
  • LAJ.J103 : Japanese 2A
  • 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.
On the first day of this course we will have a placement test and an orientation by student support division.
You cannot miss it or you cannot take this course.
The placement will be conducted with a computer readable mark drawing way. You must have some pencils and a plastic eraser with you.


GSEP students must take a class indicated GSEP which will be charged by Prof. Sato.

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