Updated 11//09


Semester . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  FALL 2009
Class, section & number. .  . . .  . . . . . INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE, JPN 025A-01  40781
Units / Contact hours . . . . . . . . . . . .  5/ 75 hours
Instructor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Shimazu, Department of Foreign Languages, SJSU
Office hours . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . MWF  10:30-11:45a and by appointment.
Days & Time Taught (classroom) . . . MWF, 1:30-2:55p  (BBC 205)  Due to furlough days, meeting days may change.
Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clark Bldg 410P, Phone 408-924-4625
Email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . ymshimazu@gmail.com
Website . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://sjsu.edu/faculty/y.shimazu

Prerequisite:  One year of fundamental Japanese at college level (150 hours) or 2 years of high school Japanese.

1. Required
a)  Banno, E., et al. (1999). An integrated course in elementary Japanese GENKI, Workbook, and CD (LL.13-18, Vol.2). Tokyo, Japan: The Japan Times.
b)  Five 8.5 x 7 inch BLUEBOOKs for in-class writing exercises.
2. Recommended
a)   Young, J., & Nakajima-Okano, K. (1985). Learn Japanese (Vol.3). Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press.
b)   International Internship Programs. (1997). Japan at a glance. Tokyo: Kodansha International. [Available at SJ Kinokuniya Bookstore, Phone 408-252-1300]
c)  Makino,S., & Tsutsui, M. (1986). A dictionary of basic Japanese grammar. Tokyo: The Japan Times. [Available at Kinokuniya Bookstores]
d)  Mizutani, O., & Mizutani, N. (1977, 1979). Nihongo notes (Vols. 1 & 2).
e)  Henshall, K. G. (1998). A guide to remembering Japanese characters. Tokyo: Tuttle.
f)  Access the Internet in the Media Center (CL 208).
g)  Find information on the Internet. http://www.stonebridge.com (books, dictionaries), http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/japanese.html,
h)  Practice Japanese on the Internet. http://www.sf.airnet.ne.jp/~ts/japanese/index.html, http://coelang.tufs.ac.jp/english/modules/en/dmod/index.html
i)   Practice Kanji on the Internet. http://webjapanese.com/,

1.  Take quizzes; read eMessage Board every day and do the assignments (online).
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.  Score 70% or higher on the final exam.
4.  One term paper:  800+ characters or 2 pages (including Kanji, Hiragana, Katakana) and must describe academically significant aspects of Japanese culture, society, education, economy, or politics. First draft must be submitted by the end of the 10th week (10/30/09). IMPORTANT

 *Assignment due dates are subject to change with fair notice.

1.  Quizzes (oral-written tests or exams) ......................... 30%
2.  Homework Assignments & Participation ..................  30%
3.  Term Paper (Japanese) ........................................... 10%  Assessment Criteria: (a) Well-structured sentences and paragraphs, (b) clear and logical presentation of ideas, and (c) scholarly and academic.
4.  Final exam (Monday, 12/14/09, 12:15-2:30p)........... 30%
GRADING SCALE   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%

1.  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 instructor 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(s) and teacher (and student and student) will engage in interactive language activities, a variety of exercises, using Japanese as much as possible. He will also encourage students to use supplement material at home (online).

One textbook lesson should be covered in 6 class sessions.  Students are expected to study supplementary materials online (language, songs, traditional arts--paintings, martial arts, and traditions, etc. ) at home or in the Media Center, and listen to the lesson-related audio tapes.  The class, however, may be conducted in accordance with the needs of the class within the COURSE OBJECTIVES. You will have quizzes and homework assignments  regularly in order to enhance what you have learned in class. Students are expected to read the grammar explanations for each textbook lesson (and memorize new vocabulary words) before coming to class.  All students are required to write a term paper and upload the final version onto http://www1.ezbbs.net/02/ymshimazu/

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
develop four Japanese language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) in three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational).
1.  Achieve the proficiency levels of Intermediate-Low and Intermediate-Mid (ACTFL Guidelines).
2.  Use (i.e., read and write) approx. 250+ Kanji characters (100+ Kanji introduced in textbook) along with the already learned two kinds of syllabary systems (HIRAGANA & KATAKANA).
3.  Understand and use appropriate language form in an appropriate situation with proper intonation. Because Japanese modes of communication are highly situational, you need to be made aware of the different context in which you interact with speakers of Japanese (Young, 1985).
4.  Understand cultural values and human relations introduced in grammar notes, dialogs, and useful expressions in each lesson of the textbook and class activities.
5.  Distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable language and behavior when communicating in various situations.

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.

Writing assignments and the term paper are assessed in terms of quantity, structural variety, and vocabulary. 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, iPod/iPhone, or Anime/manga in the classroom. Your progress is my main concern.  Participate in SJSU Japan Club activities, if any.

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.

Individuals who need extra help, please feel free to see me. Questions are always welcome.



A Paper/Report (English) .........................................Extra credit   2-3 double-spaced pages in standard American English, APA format: After visiting Japanese flower arrangements, tea gardens, or senior citizen's homes in SJ (588 N. 4th St, SJ 408-294-2505 x12) or in SF Japantown (JCCC), describe in writing your experience and relate it to Japanese cultural values.  Assessment Criteria: (a) Well-structured sentences and paragraphs, (b) correctness, clarity, and conciseness, (c) critical analysis and  personal responses, and (d) academic recognition of significant works of enduring human concerns.

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