The Japanese courses prepare students with communication skills and provide an understanding of the Japanese culture. The Japanese courses provide instruction to develop proficiency skills in aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing using Japanese characters. The beginning level courses introduce basic grammar, vocabulary, communicative functions, and culture. The intermediate level courses continue development of proficiency skills through discussion of films, periodicals, and literary works to increase vocabulary, cultural awareness, and knowledge of linguistic variations.
This is an introductory course designed to provide the student with basic communication skills in Japanese. Emphasis is on listening, speaking, reading and writing Japanese. Study of basic grammatical principles and Japanese pronunciation are also emphasized. Students are introduced to the use of Japanese characters. The history and culture of the Japanese people will be discussed. Web-based resources will be used to supplement classroom instruction.
This is the second course in the introductory sequence of Japanese language study. Students will expand vocabulary and mastery of grammatical concepts as they acquire greater listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Japanese. Web-based resources will be used to supplement classroom instruction. Students will use more complex grammatical structures and a wider range of idiomatic expressions. Further study of Japanese history, culture and current events will be included in order to develop comprehension and speaking skills.