2020 Japanese conversation: Intermediate 2 2QA

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Japanese language and culture courses
Saito Chigusa 
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Course description and aims

This course is for students who have successfully completed basic-level Japanese.
The aim of this course is to promote students' ability to express themselves and the environment that surrounds them by learning appropriate expressions and Japanese social custom.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1. express themselves appropriately by using learned grammar, vocabulary, and expressions;
2. express their opinions appropriately or describe situations accurately by acquiring new vocabulary and skills;
3. obtain basic knowledge about Japanese social custom and manners which will help them behave appropriately in public in Japan.


self expression expressiveness appropriate output Japanese custom and manners

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Various activities will be conducted on a specific topic at each lesson, and students will learn the necessary vocabulary and skills for the task. Students should be prepared to actively exchange stories/opinions in class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 This is me! : Analyze objectively what kind of strengths and values you have, and express them clearly. Write an essay on “This is Me”
Class 2 My Best Friend: Introduce the personality of your best friend by sharing how you met, and special episodes about him/her. Write an essay on “My Best Friend”
Class 3 Current Social Issues in My Country: Explain clearly and logically about a social issue in your country, its cause, and solution(s). Write an essay on “Current Social Issues in My Country“
Class 4 Introduction to Basic Japanese Manners 1: Visiting Someone’s Home: Know how to behave when you visit someone’s home. Review how to behave when you visit someone’s home.
Class 5 Introduction to Basic Japanese Manners 2: At an Interview: Learn how to behave in public, such as an interview situation. Select and revise an essay in preparation for the final interview.
Class 6 Talk about the theme you selected and answer questions from the audience making a speech, understanding each others' speech
Class 7 Final Interview 2, Quiz, Submission of final draft for your interview: Talking about the theme you selected; answering questions from the audience, Quiz, Submission of final draft for your interview making a speech, understanding each others' speech

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.


All materials needed for class will be provided by the instructor.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

JBRIDGE Bonjinsha Speech for Basic Level Japanese The Japan Foundation
Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai

Assessment criteria and methods

Students are required to attend more than 60% of the scheduled classes and to achieve a score of 60 or above to pass the course.
Grades will be decided based on:
- assignments (20%);
- quiz (20%);
- final interview (50%);
- final draft (10%).

Related courses

  • LAJ.J421 : Intermediate Japanese 1
  • LAJ.J422 : Intermediate Japanese 2

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

Only for international students whose Japanese proficiency is equivalent to lower-intermediate 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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