Updated  1/09


Semester: FALL 2008
Class & section: ELEMENTARY JAPANESE (JPN 001A-01)
Units/ Contact hours: 5/ 75 hours
Instructor: Dr. Shimazu, Department of Foreign LanguagesSJSU
Days & Time Taught (Room):  MWF, 12:00-1:25p (BBC205)
Office hours:  MWF, 10:30-11:45a  and by appointment.
Office: Clark Bldg 410P,  phone 408-924-4625
Email: ymshimazu@aol.com
Website: http://sjsu.edu/faculty/y.shimazu

a)  Banno, E., et al. (1999). An integrated course in elementary Japanese GENKI, Workbook, and CD (LL.1-6, Vol.1). Tokyo, Japan: The Japan Times.
b)  Shimazu, Y. M. (2005). Handy Katakana workbook (1st ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Custom.
a)  Brown, H. D. (1989). A practical guide to language learning. New York: McGraw-Hill.
b)  The audio tapes: also available at CL208, the Media Center.
c)   Practice Japanese on the Internet:
http://members.aol.com/writejapan, http://www2.g-tak.gsn.ed.jp/es/01/kokugo/gengo/hituzyun/movie-frame.swf
d)  Find information on Japan, http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/japanese.html,
http://www.stonebridge.com (books, dictionaries), http://www.japan-guide.com, etc.
e)  International Internship Programs. (1997). Japan at a glance. Tokyo: Kodansha International. [Available at SJ Kinokuniya Bookstore--Phone 408-252-1300.]
f)  Mizutani, O., & Mizutani, N. (1977 & 1979). nihongo notes (Vols. 1 & 2).
g)  Kuno, S. (1973). The structure of the Japanese language. MA: The MIT Press. [PL 533 K78].

2. ATTEND CLASS regularly. Attendance rate 80% or higher required. Excessive absences (missing more than 20% of class time) may be cause for repetition of the course.
3. TAKE quizzes, 1 midterm exam and 1 final exam.
 *Assignment due dates are subject to change with fair notice.

1.  Quizzes................................................................................................40%
2.  Final exam (Monday, 12/15/08, 9:45-12:00)......................................25%
3.  Participation & Homework................................................................. 20%
4.  Midterm exam......................................................................................15%
5.  Extra work such as reading newspaper or magazine articles that are related to Japan (business, language, culture, etc.) and reviewing those articles, or attending lectures.................................extra credit
6.  Actively participate in the SJSU Japan Club activities.
 ►  Grading Scale Used:   A 95-100%  A- 90-94%   B+  85-89%  B 80-84%  B- 75-79%  C+ 70-74%  C 65-69%  C- 60-64%  D+ 55-59%  D 50-54%  D- 45-49%  F Below 45%
 l.  The instructor will create a relaxed, low-anxiety atmosphere through which you can acquire the course objectives with less effort and with ease.
2.  The instructors will use an eclectic teaching method to help you develop basic linguistic and communicative competence by understanding "speaking rules," and the "relation between linguistic form and function."
3.  In class, student and teacher (and student and student) will engage in interactive language activities, a variety of exercises, using Japanese as much as possible. The instructor, however, will use some mechanical and meaningful drills, when necessary, to develop your kinetic memory for training of the perceptual motor skills.
4.  In order to acquire integrative language skills and to improve your penmanship in Japanese the instructor may use a lot of writing exercises, dictation, etc. in class. He will also encourage you to use supplement material at home (online).

1.  One textbook lesson should be covered in 8-10 class sessions with supplementary material, with a quiz at the end.  You are expected to memorize the vocabulary, read the grammar notes, and listen to the audio tapes (CDs) for each lesson before coming to class.  The first several weeks will be spent in learning Hiragana and Katakana along with the textbook lessons.  Writing exercises shall be done in 8.5 x 7 inch Examination Blue Books.
2.  Students will reinforce and develop vocabulary, structure, listening and speaking skills through weekly assignments (online).
You are expected to do the online supplementary material (interactive language activities--including audio tapes)  at home.

The student should, at the end of the semester, be able to:
develop four Japanese language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) in three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational).

Listening/Aural Comprehension & Oral Production
A. respond to teacher's and classmates' simple questions;
B. respond to simple requests and commands;
C. give short answers to yes/no and information questions;
D. repeat, at least, a 6-word sentence after a model;
E. ask simple questions;
F. ask information questions with complete sentence;
G. relate Hiragana and Katakana characters to sounds;
H. read everything that he or she produces;
I.  form correctly all the characters and combinations of characters in Hiragana and Katakana;
J.  recognize approx. 50 Kanji (Chinese characters) introduced during the semester;
K. punctuate a sentence correctly; that is, the sentence-end mark or a small circle (the equivalent of a period in English), and use comma where appropriate in the sentence structures presented;
L. write dictation based on oral work and reading materials;
M. relate sounds to phonological spelling in Hiragana and Katakana, and write them correctly;
Special Skills
N. read a calendar; use standard polite expressions, including greetings, leave-takings, and introductions (L1);
O. ask about, read, and tell prices for food, clothing, postage, and other necessities; order food in a restaurant (L2);
P.  provide basic information about self and family members verbally and in simple writing (name, age, address, telephone number, etc.);
Q. talk about daily activities and customs; extend invitations; accept and refuse invitations (L3);
R. ask and tell time; ask and answer where things are; talk about things and habitual events that happened in the past (L4);
S.  make offers and invitations (L5), make requests, ask for and give permission, offer help, give reasons for doing something (L6);
T. master 450 essential vocabulary words introduced in the course.

Regular class attendance and participation are essential for language learning. Please be on time for class. It is most important that you come to class regularly and participate in all class activities. The quizzes, the midterm exam, and the final exam will test comprehension of material in the textbook covered in the class sessions, class handouts and lectures. If you miss a quiz, you will receive a zero (0) point for the quiz. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to find out what was covered during the class. You are responsible for all material presented during the course. Special care however will be given to students with disabilities. No foods, no chewing gum, no cell phones, and no iPod/iPhone in the classroom.

SJSU Policy requires that all courses hold a final examination (or final project) during the final examination period. There are no exceptions to this without the approval of both the Chair of the Department and the Dean of the College. Exceptions are rarely granted except in the most extreme circumstances.

Students are not permitted to use old tests, quizzes when preparing for exams. Violations to the Academic Integrity Policy undermine the educational process and will not be tolerated.  It also demonstrates a lack of respect for oneself, fellow students and the course instructor and can ruin the university's reputation and the value of the degrees it offers.  Violators of the Academic Integrity Policy will be subject to failing this course and being reported to the Office of Judicial Affairs for disciplinary action which could result in suspension or expulsion from San Jose State University (see http://www2.sjsu.edu/senate/S05-14.htm).

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours.  Presidential Directive 97-03 requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with DRC to establish a record of their disability.

Individuals who need extra help, feel free to see me. Questions are always welcome!  Your progress is my main concern! がんばって


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