2020 Japanese seminar 1: Oral expression 3QA

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Japanese language and culture courses
Yamanaka Miyako 
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Course description and aims

The aim of this course is to help students acquire the basic knowledge of Japanese pronunciation and the ability to present sentences containing technical terms with natural-sounding pronunciation.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) understand the basic knowledge of Japanese pronunciation;
2) write the pitch lines and accent marks on technical sentences or terms using the pronunciation dictionary and OJAD (Online Japanese Accent Dictionary);
3) present sentences marked with the pitch lines with natural-sounding pronunciation;
4) present their research with easily understandable pronunciation.


Japanese, pronunciation, OJAD, pitch line, terminology, technical sentence, presentation, announcement

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Each lesson consists of lectures on Japanese pronunciation and actual training. The first half of this course deals with the basic knowledge of Japanese pronunciation, while the latter half addresses to the subjects in line with students' specialty. To participate in the class, students are required to prepare materials relating to their specialty.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Rule of pronunciation 1 Prepare an article of your own field. / Accent of Tokyo language / How to use OJAD
Class 2 Rule of pronunciation 2 Accent of compound nouns
Class 3 Rule of pronunciation 3 Intonation
Class 4 Rule of pronunciation 4 Pitch line for technical sentence 1
Class 5 Rule of pronunciation 5 Introduction of research 1
Class 6 Exercise 2 Introduction of research 2
Class 7 Presentation Presentation and feedback on your research

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.


Not specified.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Not specified.

Assessment criteria and methods

Assessment will be conducted based on students' attendance(20%), homework(30%), small tests(10%), presentations(20%), and the final report(20%).

Related courses

  • LAJ.T442 : Japanese seminar 2: Listening comprehension

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

Only for international students who have completed Intermediate Japanese 6 or the equivalent 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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