Updated 8/23/10


Semester . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  FALL 2010
Course, section & code . . . . . . . . . . .  INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE, JPN 025B, 01  47159
Units / Contact hours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/ 75 hours
Instructor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. ShimazuDepartment of World Languages & LiteraturesSJSU
Office hours . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . TWR 10:30-11:45a and by appt
Days & Time Taught (classroom) . . . . MTWR  12:00-1:00p  (BBC205)
Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Clark Bldg 410P,  Phone 408-924-4625
Email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ymshimazu@gmail.com
Website . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  http://sjsu.edu/faculty/y.shimazu

Prerequisite:  Three semesters of fundamental Japanese at college level or its equivalent.

1. Required:
a)  Banno, E., et al. (1999). An integrated course in elementary Japanese GENKI, Workbook, and CD (LL.19-23, 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. 4). Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press.
b)   International Internship Programs. (2001). 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. (1992, 1992). 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 on the Webhttp://japanese-phrases.sakura.ne.jphttp://coelang.tufs.ac.jp/english/modules/en/dmod/index.html, http://www.lang.nagoya-u.ac.jp/~mohso/kyozai98/KANJI/level-4/01.html,  http://webjapanese.com/kanji/index.html

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
GENERAL:  (a) develop four Japanese language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) in three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational), and (b) achieve the proficiency levels of Intermedite-Mid and Intermedite-High (ACTFL Guidelines).
SPECIFIC:  speak politely using honorific verbs, understand conversations in polite situations, and express gratitude (L. 19); speak modestly using extra-modest expressions, make requests and proposals using humble expressions, return and exchange merchandise, ask for and give directions (L. 20); talk about bad experiences or events using passive sentences, describe things and situations, tell people what you wish them to do (L. 21);  talk about your childhood using causative sentences, express your opinions on education, ask for and give advice, give orders (L. 22);  talk about unpleasant experiences using causative-passive sentences, explain about something you have decided to do, talk about memories, ask and explain how to do things the right way (L. 23).

1.  Take quizzes, tests, exams, and read ONLINE Message Board every day and do the assignments stated on the board.
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.  One term paper:  1000+ characters or 2 pages (including kanji, hiragana, katakana) and must describe academically significant aspects of Japanese culture, society, education, economy, or politics. Best revised final version of your class composition must be uploaded onto our eBulletin board to receive credit.  Early papers would be credited at the rate of one percent extra to the grade for each day early. Suggestion: Start working on the paper earlier (Due date: last day of instruction).
4.  Score 70% or higher (i.e., C or higher) on the final exam.

*Assignment and/or quiz due dates may be 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 (Tuesday, 12/14/10, 9:45-12:00)............. 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 language skills 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 online supplement material at home.

One textbook lesson should be covered in 6 class sessions.  Students are expected to study supplementary materials online (language, traditional arts--paintings, martial arts, traditions, songs, 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 will upload the final verson of their term paper onto our eBulletin board.

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, or iPod/iPhone in the classroom. Your progress is my main concern.

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.

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.

Editor: Mozilla 1.7.13



Extra credit
After visiting flower arrangements, Japanese tea gardens, Saratoga Hakone Tea Gardens, or senior citizen's homes in SJ (588 N. 4th St, SJ 408-294-2505 x12) or SF Japantown (JCCC), or Fuji Towers, 690 5th Street, SJ 95112, M-F 9-5pm, 408-275-8989, Ladate@Juno.com,  (or you may visit http://www.geocities.com/japanfaq/FAQ-Manners.html and choose one article of your interest), describe your experience in standard American English, not exceeding 3 double-spaced pages, (APA format), 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.  WARNING: If you plagiarize someone else's work, you will be detected by: http://www.plagiarism.com/self.detect.htmhttp://www.plagiarism.com/screening.htm

NOTE:  Using published material and failing to acknowledge the source is a violation of the California Administration Code, Title V. This is called plagiarism. Plagiarism is defined as appropriating words, ideas, pictures, or diagrams of another person and offering them as one's own. Copying a direct quotation without offering quotation marks or crediting the source is considered plagiarism. Paragraphing an idea or use of an original idea without properly introducing or documenting the paraphrase of borrowed idea is also plagiarism. VIOLATORS MAY BE FOUND: GUILTY OF A MISDEMEANOR WHICH IS PUNISHABLE BY A FINE NOT EXCEEDING FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS (