JAPA125-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Elementary Japanese A

15 points
18 Feb 2019 - 23 Jun 2019

Description

This course is designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of the Japanese language. Teaching will focus on the four basic language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. At the end of the course, students should be able to read and write the kana scripts, know a range of Japanese vocabulary, and understand and actively use some elements of basic modern grammar. They will be able to conduct simple conversations in Japanese and will be familiar with key cultural aspects.

This course is designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of the Japanese language. Teaching will focus on the four basic language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. At the end of the course, students should be able to read and write the kana scripts, know a range of Japanese vocabulary, and understand and actively use some elements of basic modern grammar. They will be able to conduct simple conversations in Japanese and will be familiar with key cultural aspects.

The course consists of three classroom hours per week, with one ‘flipped lesson’ where students will, in their own time, watch two or more short videos on the week’s grammar and kanji characters.  Interaction, participation and collaboration with classmates in Japanese all play an important part of the classroom lessons, as well as learning vocabulary, grammar and kanji characters.

Learning Outcomes

  • As a student in this course you will
  • acquire skills in all four areas of the language (reading, writing, speaking and listening), which will become the foundation for developing strategies and skills needed to interact in Japanese.

    By the end of the course students should:
  • be able to understand and actively use approximately 300 Japanese words and phrases;
  • be able to actively apply basic Japanese grammar and expressions used in simple everyday situations (e.g., greetings, shopping, telling the time and ordering at a restaurant);
  • be able to read and write the kana syllabaries (hiragana and katakana);
  • be able to read and write 58 kanji characters;
  • have developed learner autonomy and reflective skills;
  • have acquired skills and competencies transferrable to a variety of disciplines;
  • have some intercultural awareness and sensitivity.

    Also, students will
  • develop more understanding of global conditions and will become competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts. This will help the language students to develop knowledge and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications (Globally aware);
  • have examined cultural beliefs and values in Japan, which in turn will develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for cultures other than one’s own, including the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand (Biculturally competent and confident);
  • be able to comprehend the influence of global conditions on Japan and be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts
  • develop specific linguistic skills in Japanese that will enhance students’ opportunities for a successful career (Employable, innovative and enterprising);
  • have had multiple opportunities to engage with members of the wider Community of Practice and Learning Community, and have reflected on their own role and performance within those communities (Engaged with the community).

    (Image "View of Shinjuku skyscrapers and Mount Fuji as seen from the Bunkyo Civic Center in Tokyo" by Morio, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence.)
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.

Pre-requisites

RP: This course is designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of the Japanese language.

Restrictions

JAPA141, JAPA115, JAPA127

Recommended Preparation

This course is designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of the Japanese language.

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 Rehua 328 Visual Arts 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00 Rehua 328 Visual Arts 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
03 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 Rehua 328 Visual Arts 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
04 Tuesday 14:00 - 15:00 Rehua 529 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 Jack Erskine 445 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00 West 213A 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
03 Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 West 213A 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
04 Wednesday 14:00 - 15:00 Rehua 329 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 Rehua 003 Music 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 445 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
03 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 Jack Erskine 244 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
04 Thursday 09:00 - 10:00 Jack Erskine 445 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
05 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 Rehua 003 Music 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Online A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 Jack Erskine 339 Language Lab 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 18:30 - 19:30 A1 Lecture Theatre 1 Apr - 7 Apr
Test B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 18:00 - 19:30 K1 Lecture Theatre 27 May - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Masayoshi Ogino

Tutor

Eri Kojima-Mathieson

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
In-class quizzes and proficiency check 19%
Homework, assignments, tasks, special activity 30%
Speaking assessments 6%
In-term test 1 20% in term 1
In-term test 2 25% In term 2

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Banno, Eri; Shokyū Nihongo Genki = An integrated course in elementary Japanese Genki; Dai 2-han =; The Japan Times, 2011.

Eri Banno, Yoko Ikeda et al; Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Workbook 1; 2nd edition; Japan Times/Tsai Fong Books, 2011.

There is a Learn (Moodle) component to this course.

Additional material for homework and/or self-learning is available on the computers in the Language Lab, room 339, Jack Erskine Building. You can work there on your own when they are not booked for regular classes.

Other material, which may be helpful, can be found in the Library Subject Guides: http://canterbury.libguides.com/japa

Course links

Library portal
LEARN The Course Outline is available for enrolled students on LEARN.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $761.00

International fee $3,188.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

All JAPA125 Occurrences

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