2020 Japanese seminar 5: Language and society 3QA

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Academic unit or major
Japanese language and culture courses
Instructor(s)
Saito Chigusa 
Course component(s)
Exercise
Mode of instruction
ZOOM
Day/Period(Room No.)
Tue3-4(Zoom)  
Group
3QA
Course number
LAJ.T445
Credits
1
Academic year
2020
Offered quarter
3Q
Syllabus updated
2020/9/18
Lecture notes updated
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Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

Through watching entertainment /educational TV programs (using audio-visual materials), students are expected to learn traditional Japanese culture, modern lifestyle, and underlying values of the Japanese people. Various practices will be conducted to improve students' listening skills required for intermediate level.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1. enrich their lives in Japan by understanding various aspects of Japanese culture;
2. develop appropriate listening skills to understand spoken Japanese used in real life.
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.

Keywords

audio-visual material, culture, lifestyle, sense of values, Japanese in real life

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

At each class, students will watch a DVD which highlights one topic. To begin with, students should try to grasp a general idea of the whole story, rather than to understand every single word they hear. Handouts will be provided to help students understand precisely. On the other hand, students should maintain their viewpoints while watching, because sometimes there is no simple right answer as might be asked in a “listening quiz”. Students are encouraged to share their opinions on the topic. Homework will be assigned as well.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Orientation, Tokyo station -- restored gateway to Tokyo (entertainment) mastering today's vocabulary, writing an essay on the scenes watched today with keywords
Class 2 Bento — a big message in a small container (food culture) mastering today's vocabulary, writing an essay on the scenes watched today with keywords
Class 3 Hot spring culture — it’s more than just “bathing” (entertainment) mastering today's vocabulary, writing an essay on the scenes watched today with keywords
Class 4 Introduction to traditional Japanese confectionery – sweet and clever hospitality (food culture) mastering today's vocabulary, writing an essay on the scenes watched today with keywords
Class 5 Introduction to basic Japanese business manners1 (how to deal with visitors) mastering today's vocabulary, writing an essay on the scenes watched today with keywords
Class 6 Introduction to basic Japanese business manners1 (how to deal with visitors) mastering today's vocabulary, writing an essay on the scenes watched today with keywords
Class 7 Final exam, Presentation measuring the achievement of objectives; discussing the opinions about DVD

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.

Textbook(s)

The instructor will provide all the material needed for class.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Not specified.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students are required to attend more than 70% (mandatory) of the scheduled classes and to achieve a score of 60 or above to pass the course based on the following criteria: assignments (20%) , final exam(45%), and presentation(35%).

Related courses

  • LAJ.J511 : Intermediate Japanese 5
  • LAJ.T446 : Japanese seminar 6: Language and society
  • LAJ.J513 : (Intermediate Japanese 7
  • LAJ.J514 : Intermediate Japanese 8
  • LAJ.J512 : Intermediate Japanese 6

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

Only for international students who have completed Intermediate Japanese 4 or the equivalent level.

Other

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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