2020 Basic Japanese 1 3QB

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Japanese language and culture courses
Yoshizawa Yukari  Mizue Sato 
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Course description and aims

This course is aimed at first-time learners of the Japanese language (Beginner 1). Students will learn:
- the basic of Japanese grammar and vocabulary for everyday situations;
- information about Japanese culture and society.
Students will also learn Japanese characters, Hiragana and Katakana. Through a variety of communicative activities, students will be able to communicate in ordinary conversation, and will learn how to express their own ideas using basic 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;
- speak in Japanese about daily activities including time and place, and express opinions and comments using simple sentences;
- read and write Hiragana and Katakana.


Japanese, basic level, beginner, conversation, communication, hiragana, katakana

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. 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 1: Self introduction, greetings, Hiragana introduction This class will cover the following language focuses: N1 wa N2 desu N1 no N2
Class 2 Lesson 2: Asking names, nationalities, major, etc., asking prices N wa nan/dochira/ikura desu ka / N1 mo N2 desu
Class 3 Lesson 3: Words for daily goods, food, etc. Kore/Sore/Are wa N desu / Kono N1 wa N2(person) no (N3)desu / N1 desu ka, N2 desu ka.
Class 4 Lesson 4: Talking about daily activities Kore/Sore/Are wa N desu / N o V-masu/V-masen(negative) N1 to N2
Class 5 Lesson 5: Telling the time, describing a daily/Weekly schedule / Hiragana: double consonants, long vowels, contracted sound _ji _hun desu / _ji ni V-masu / N kara N made
Class 6 Lesson 6: Talking about one's activities in past / Hiragana review / Review (L1-L5) V-mashita/V-masen deshita (V past tense) / N (place) e V-masu
Class 7 Lesson 7: Making suggestions and inviting / Hiragana quiz V-masen ka (suggestion) / V-masho.
Class 8 Lesson 8 and 9: Talking about the existence or location of people and things (position) ni N ga imasu/arimasu
Class 9 Lesson 10: Talking about the purpose of coming to Japan / Review (L6~L10) N (place) e N/V ni V-masu (purpose of movement) / N (person) ni N o agemasu/moraimasu(giving and receiving)
Class 10 Lesson 11: Talking about things and place using adjectives / Katakana review N wa i-Adjective/na-Adjective / desu (non-past/ affirmative)
Class 11 Lesson 12: Talking about things and place using adjectives / Katakana quiz N wa i-Adjective kunai desu (negative) / N wa n-Adjective dewa arimasen (negative)
Class 12 Lesson 13 and 14: Talking about what you want to do, expressing preferences and skillfulness N ga hoshii desu (desire, wish) / N o V-tai desu / N ga suki desu. (preference)
Class 13 Lesson 15: Comparing things, agreeing and disagreeing / Review (L11~L15) N1 wa N2 yori i-Adj/na-Adj desu (comparative degree)
Class 14 Review and Examination (Lesson 1-15) Review

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.


Yamazaki Yoshiko, Doi Mitsuru Basic Japanese for Students Hakase1 3A Corporation ISBN-13: 978-4883194056

Reference books, course materials, etc.


Assessment criteria and methods

1) Assignment 13%, 2) Quiz 17%, 3) Final Examination 70%
Students are required to attend more than 60% of the scheduled classes and to positively participate in the class activities to pass this course.

Related courses

  • LAJ.J412 : Basic Japanese 2

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

For students who have never learned Japanese or have not reached "Basic Japanese 2"(LAJ.J412) 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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