2020 Basic Japanese 4 4QB

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Japanese language and culture courses
Yoshizawa Yukari  Kusano Muneko 
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Wed3-4(Zoom)  Thr5-6(Zoom)  
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Course description and aims

This course is aimed at beginning learners (Beginner 4) who have studied the Japanese language for about 6 months. Students will learn the latter stage of basic Japanese grammar and vocabulary. This course focuses on acquiring natural Japanese depending on the situation, and a deeper understanding of Japanese culture and the Japanese society through language learning. In addition to speaking and listening exercises, students will work on reading and writing. Through a variety of communicative activities, students will be able to communicate in a more natural way, and will learn how to express their own ideas using 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;
- accomplish tasks and express their own ideas in Japanese using learned words and phrases;
- understand the system, manners and the way of thinking in Japanese society.


Japanese, basic level, Japanese culture, 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 through conversation practice and so on. 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 32 Giving advice, V ta/ V nai hou ga ii desu, expressing conjecture, (plain sentence) kamo shiremasen
Class 2 Lesson 33 This class will cover the following language focuses: conditional form
Class 3 Lesson 34 Perfect tense
Class 4 Review and Activity
Class 5 Lesson 35 Expressing purpose
Class 6 Lesson 36 Passive form
Class 7 Lesson 37 ~ tokoro desu, ~ te mimasu
Class 8 Review and activity
Class 9 Lesson 38 Imperative and prohibitive forms
Class 10 Lesson 39 Expressing conjecture
Class 11 Lesson 40 Causative form
Class 12 Lesson 41/42 Honorific expressions, humble expressions
Class 13 Review and activity Humble expressions
Class 14 Examination and interview (Lesson 32-42)

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.


Beginner Japanese (2) Daichi Main text ISBN-13: 978-4883195077 \2,800 + tax Elementary Japanese 2 Daichi: Translation of Main Text and Grammar Notes. (English Ver. ISBN-13: 978-4883195213), (Chinese Ver. ISBN-13: 978-4883195305), (Korean Ver. ISBN-13: 978-4883195312) \2,100 + tax

Reference books, course materials, etc.


Assessment criteria and methods

1) Assignment 12% 2) Essay/presentation 8% 2) Final Examination and interview 80%

Related courses

  • LAJ.J413 : Basic Japanese 3
  • LAJ.J421 : Intermediate Japanese 1

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

For students who have successfully completed "Basic Japanese 3" (LAJ.J413) or the equivalent level, but have not reached "Intermediate Japanese 1" (LAJ.J421) level, as well as for students who are capable of reading and writing Hiragana/Katakana.


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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