2020 Basic Japanese 2 4QB

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Japanese language and culture courses
Yoshizawa Yukari  Mizue Sato 
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Course description and aims

This course is for beginning learners (Beginner 2) of the Japanese language. Students will learn the basic of Japanese grammar and vocabulary for everyday situations. Students will also learn how to write Japanese sentences using 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 use them on a daily basis;
- speak in Japanese about daily activities including time and place, and express opinions and comments using simple sentences;
- read and write Hiragana and Katakana well.


Japanese, basic level, beginner, conversation, communication

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Students will acquire basic knowledge of Japanese language structures and grammar to promote their language proficiency. Students are expected to read the course schedule and look up the new terms to prepare for the class. At 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 Lesson 16: Giving reason, talking on the phone This class will cover the following language focuses: S kara, ~. (reason)
Class 2 Lesson 17: Asking how to go with a map, visiting V te kudasai.
Class 3 Lesson 18: Describing one's activities V te, V te, V procedure/procedure)
Class 4 Lesson 19: Introducing one's family, family terms, professions V te imasu. (progressive)
Class 5 Lesson 20: Understanding signs, asking and giving permissions, conversation at a hospital / Lesson 21: Manners at a Japanese inn, a camping site and on a train etc. V te mo ii desu. (permission) V te wa ikemasen. (prohibition) V nai de kudasai. (negative requests)
Class 6 Review (Lesson 16-20) / Lesson 22: Talking about Japan V ta koto ga arimasu. (past experience)
Class 7 Lesson 23: Asking and giving advises / Verb conjugation Quiz V tari, V tari shimasu. (listing actions) V ta ho ga ii desu. (advice)
Class 8 Lesson 24/25: Describing and writing one's schedule, talking about one's hobby V dictionary form V dictionary-form koto ga dekimasu.
Class 9 Review (Lesson 26-30) / Activity ~ to omoimasu. (opinions)
Class 10 Lesson 26: Talking and giving opinion about Japan, informal language ~ toki, ~. (when)
Class 11 Lesson 27: How to read signs, talking about foreign language V tara, ~. (conditions) V temo, ~. (reverse conditions)
Class 12 Lesson 28: Useful expressions for emergencies ~ narimasu. (change of state)
Class 13 Lesson 30: Looking back over the first year in Japan, writing a thank you letter / Review (Lesson 26-30)
Class 14 Examination and interview (Lesson 16-30)

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Yamazaki Yoshiko, Doi Mitsuru Basic Japanese for Students Hakase2 3A Corporation ISBN-13: 978-4883194063

Reference books, course materials, etc.


Assessment criteria and methods

1) Quizzes in class hours 8% 2) Assignment 12% 3) Essay/presentation 10% 4) Final Examination 70%

Related courses

  • LAJ.J413 : Basic Japanese 3
  • LAJ.J411 : Basic Japanese 1

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

For students who have successfully completed "Basic Japanese 1" (LAJ.J411) or the equivalent level, but have not reached "Basic Japanese 3" (LAJ.J413) level.


You must reserve your place in the class in advance using Japanese class online system (http://js.ila.titech.ac.jp/~web). You will not be allowed to attend the class without reservation.

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