2019 Advanced Japanese 4: Academic expressions 2QA

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Japanese language and culture courses
Yamamoto Hilofumi 
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Course description and aims

You will learn more natural expressions and idiomatic expressions that are balanced and both spoken and written.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to use more natural and idiomatic expressions in Japanese.


idiomatic Japanese, natural expressions, language strategy, spoken language, written language

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

After explanations by an instructor, you will discuss a theme with your partner. Followed by pair work, you will make a short presentation of the discussion outcome.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Guidance Describe the difficulty of idiomatic phrases or expressions.
Class 2 Natural expressions found in TV dramas Find a TV drama and write out some natural expressions from it.
Class 3 Metaphorical expression in the novel Choose your favorite novel and collect metaphoric expressions.
Class 4 Onomatopoeia and mimic words in manga Choose your favorite manga and collect onomatopoeia/mimetic words.
Class 5 Poetic expression in J pop songs Choose your favorite songs and collect expressions different from everyday conversation.
Class 6 Expressions in Proverbs and Story Proverbs Find and introduce a story that is the source of the proverbs.
Class 7 How to use new words in buzzwords Look for buzzwords and introduce why they became buzzwords.
Class 8 Summary Make a report on the relationship between language and culture based on what you learned in class.


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Reference books, course materials, etc.

To be announced in class

Assessment criteria and methods

We evaluate based on 100% of attendance, and then the pass/fail is determined by discussion, final report presentation.
Although evaluation is severe, classes are fun.

Related courses

  • LAJ.J602 : Advanced Japanese 5 How to publish research papers

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

International students only.


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 attend any courses without your reservation.

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