2020 Japanese conversation: Intermediate 1 1QA

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Saito Chigusa 
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Course description and aims

This course is for students who have already completed Basic-level Japanese.
The aim of this course is to promote students' listening/speaking skills to lower-intermediate level using familiar topics.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1. improve accuracy in listening;
2. acquire appropriate expressions of spoken Japanese used in real life;
3. learn how to provide an understandable explanation.
It is highly recommended that students set their own goals at the beginning of this course so as to realize their achievements after seven weeks.


listening skill, accuracy, appropriateness

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Various practices will be conducted according to the textbook to help students acquire skills for accurate listening, natural conversation, and for making clear explanations on familiar subjects. Homework will be assigned as well.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Unit1 I look forward to your support.-- Introducing oneself mastering today's vocabulary, writing an essay "Self-introduction."
Class 2 Unit9 The game that was popular in my childhood was roller-skating -- talking about your childhood mastering today's vocabulary, writing an essay "My childhood"
Class 3 Unit12 If you are going to learn a foreign language, you should learn it from a native speaker of that country -- expressing your opinion. mastering today's vocabulary, writing an essay "Significance of studying abroad."
Class 4 Unit23 It’s a friendly atmosphere since you can see the ocean --Introducing your favorite place mastering today's vocabulary, writing an essay "My favorite place."
Class 5 Unit30 It says “ at least five people” -- making an inquiry mastering the vocabulary covered in the previous lessons, selecting and revising an essay to make the final speech
Class 6 Final Speech1 making a speech, understanding each others' speech
Class 7 Final Speech2, Final Exam. making a speech, understanding each others' speech, measuring the achievement of objectives

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.


Weekly J: Nihongo de Hanasu 6-shuukan, Bonjinsha

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Not specified.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students are required to achieve a score of 60 to pass this course based on the following criteria: attendance 70% (mandatory), assignments 20%, final exam 50%, and presentation 30%.

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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