2021 Japanese Culture 1: Strategic approach to Japanese and culture 3QC

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Japanese language and culture courses
Sato Reiko 
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Course description and aims

We will learn Japanese culture areas through language, arts, music, and several plays of children. We will discuss some uniqueness of Japanese culture from the viewpoint of international students. By means of culture study, we will learn the introduction of the Japanese language as well.

Student learning outcomes

You will find some Japanese cultures which you have not noticed before taking this class. You will be interested in things Japanese. You will acquire the introduction parts of Japanese language knowledge as well through this culture course.


Japanese culture, Japanese people, Japanese language, literature, arts, music, food

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Discussion in a small group and presentation.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Learning strategies; The first contact; The purpose of conversation How do we maximize our learning chances in Japan? Dictation: Week 1
Class 2 Listening 1; How to catch Japanese words in song lyrics Activity: Natural speech 1 Acquire some strategic behavior and expressions. Dictation: Week 2
Class 3 Listening 2: How to catch Japanese words in song lyrics. Activity: Natural Speech 2 Think the relationship between language and culture. Dictation: Week 3
Class 4 Video 1: How to catch Japanese words in Movie, Video, or TV. Activity: Natural Speech 3 Think the Japanese fuod culture. Dictation: Week 4
Class 5 Video 2: How to catch Japanese words in Movie, Video, or TV. Activity: Natural Speech 4 Think communicative strategy for culture speech. Dictation: Week 5
Class 6 Preparation for visiting School: How to convey your message to school children. Activity: Natural Speech 5 Consider how to organize your own opinions. Dictation: Week 6
Class 7 Visiting an elementary school. Stating your impressions of Japanese School System. Writing a report of Japanese culture and language acquisition. Dictation: Week 7

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

This class will judge your credit with a pass or fail.
Students must present all the class activities. No latecomer can participate in this class.
All of the presentations, reports, participation, and visiting activities are required.
Students who miss any of the above requirements cannot obtain any credits.
There will be daily sub-reports and a final report.
Each report must contain sufficient content to pass.

Related courses

  • LAJ.T502 : Topic Oriented Japanese 52
  • LAJ.T502 : Japanese Culture 2: Strategic approach to Japanese and culture

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

Student's language level must be lower than basic or the equivalent level.
Students must speak in English.
Participation in class should be active and cooperative.


You must reserve your seat of this class in advance using the Japanese class online system (http://js.ila.titech.ac.jp/~web). You will not be allowed to take a seat without your reservation.

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