2019 Topic Oriented Japanese 46: Cross cultural understandings 4 4QA

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Academic unit or major
Japanese language and culture courses
Instructor(s)
Saito Chigusa 
Course component(s)
Exercise
Day/Period(Room No.)
Tue5-6(W113)  
Group
4QA
Course number
LAJ.T446
Credits
1
Academic year
2019
Offered quarter
4Q
Syllabus updated
2019/4/8
Lecture notes updated
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Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

Through watching the animated movie “Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi” (“Spirited Away”) from various perspectives, we will learn traditional Japanese culture, modern lifestyle, and learn underlying values of the Japanese people. In addition, we will practice improving listening skills at the intermediate level.

Student learning outcomes

This class is for students who have already completed the intermediate 2.
Through watching the animated movie “Mimi o Sumaseba” (“Whisper of the Heart” 1995) from various perspectives, we will observe the daily life of ordinary people and learn underlying values of the Japanese people. Also, we will practice improving listening skills at the intermediate level.

Keywords

audio-visual material, culture, lifestyle, sense of values, Japanese in real life

Competencies that will be developed

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

We will watch the film in 6 segments. Initially, focus on grasping the general idea of the whole story, rather than understanding every single word you hear. Handouts will help you with precise comprehension. On the other hand, maintain your viewpoint while watching, because sometimes there is no simple right answer as with a “listening quiz.” You are encouraged to share your opinions on the topic. Homework will be assigned. 

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Orientation Chapters1—6 Moving mastering today's vocabulary, writing an essay on the scenes watched today with keywords
Class 2 Chapters 6—11 Contracts mastering today's vocabulary, writing an essay on the scenes watched today with keywords
Class 3 Chapters12—14 First job    mastering today's vocabulary, writing an essay on the scenes watched today with keywords
Class 4 Chapters15—17 Transformation of Kaonashi and Haku mastering today's vocabulary, writing an essay on the scenes watched today with keywords
Class 5 Chapters18—20 Chihiro’s determination mastering today's vocabulary, writing an essay on the scenes watched today with keywords
Class 6 Chapters21—25 Real name mastering today's vocabulary, writing an essay on the scenes watched today with keywords
Class 7 Review, Final exam. measuring the achievement of objectives
Class 8 Feedback discussing the opinions about a film

Textbook(s)

The instructor will provide all the material needed.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

None

Assessment criteria and methods

Evaluation Standards: You will need 60% to pass the course. Attendance rate of 70% is mandatory. Evaluation: Grades will be decided based on assignments (20%) and final exam(80%).

Related courses

  • LAJ.T445 : Topic Oriented Japanese 45
  • LAJ.J511 : Intermediate Japanese 5

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

No prerequisite. Only for international students who have the high-intermediate level or advanced level of Japanese skills.

Other

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 the course without your reservation.

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