Japanese 3A Syllabus Fall 2012

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E-Mail & Phone

Ayako Nagai

M, Tu, and Th 9:00-9:50 or by appointment

at HIB 375



Hidemi Riggs

Tu, Wed 12:50-1:50 and by appointment




Course Description:
The Japanese 3A-3B-3C series will build on the content knowledge as well as the linguistic skills that students acquired in 2nd-Year Japanese. While students discussed a variety of phenomena and social issues that were closely related to their personal lives throughout 2nd-Year Japanese, more abstract topics and themes derived from a larger perspective will be discussed in the 3rd-Year course. The goal of this series is to foster students in becoming competent and culturally literate users of Japanese. Students will not only learn about Japanese culture and society, but will also be expected to develop skills by the end of the series enabling them to acquire and construct knowledge of culture on their own, as well as to express their thoughts and opinions regarding these issues.

In terms of development of linguistic skills, the four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing will be fostered, with increased emphasis upon reading skills. Students will learn more advanced grammatical patterns and useful expressions in Japanese and expand their vocabulary. A majority of the reading materials will be authentic, and students will be expected to comprehend them with assistance from a dictionary. About 300 new kanji characters will be introduced, along with kanji compounds formulated from both new and previously learned kanji.

1. Textbook: 「上級へのとびら」 Tobira Gateway to Advanced Japanese by Mayumi Oka, Kuroshio Publishers
2. Kanji Workbook: 「きたえよう漢字力」 Power Up Your Kanji by Mayumi Oka, Kuroshio Publishers
3.Optional: It is highly recommended that students purchase and bring to class a Japanese/English dictionary of some type, preferably electronic,
including the Nintendo DS system or "Kotoba" dictionary that can be downloaded onto the iPhone/ iTouch/iPad. Other possibilities are: on-line dictionaries such as alc, chuuta, kantango, pop jisho, rikai or Jim Breen's Website.

Course Requirements:

1 Final 25%
2 2 Chapter tests 20%
3 4 Kanji Quizzes 20%
4 Speaking Activity 5%
5 Speech 10%
6 Writing Activities 10%
7 Homework & Participation 10%

Attendance: Points will be subtracted from your final score (0.5% per absence) for unexcused absences and tardiness.

Evaluation Grading:

Above 96%...A+ 86%...B+ 76%...C+ 66%...D+
Above 93%...A 83%...B 73%...C 63%...D
Above 90%...A- 80%...B- 70%...C 60%...D-
      Below 59%...F

Add/Drop/Change Grade Policy: A student may either drop a course or change their Grade P/NP option with no additional signatures necessary until the end of the second week of classess, while a student may add a course with no additional signatures necessary until the end of the third week. After that, the student will need to obtain permission from the School of Humanities with the petition form. See the link for additional information.

Absences can be excused in cases of illness, family emergency, and other unforeseeable incidents beyond the control of a student. You must inform your instructor within 12 hours by e-mail as to why you were prevented from attending class. A signed note from a person who can verify the reason for the absence(e.g., a note from a doctor in case of illness) and his/her phone number are required.

Tardies: Students are expected to be on time each day for class. Each time 3 tardies have been accumulated, an equivalent of one absence penalty (0.5%) will be subtracted from the final point total.

Class Participation: When a student is observed not eagerly participating in class activities (talking in English, studying for other classes, taking a nap, etc.), some points (1~10%) will be subtracted from his final score.

Homework: All homework must be done carefully,thoughtfully, and completely for full credit. Late homework will be accepted with a 10% deduction per day. For example, you will receive 90% for one day delay and 80% for two days.

Make-up Test Policy: Make-up tests will generally not be permitted, unless you inform your instructor within 12 hours by e-mail that you were prevented from attending class on a a(n) exam/quiz day due to some unforeseen circumstance or dire emergency. A make-up quiz/exam is allowed only once per Quarter.

Assigned Research Papers:
* In 3A-B-C, you will be assigned 2 TYPED research papers/Quarter. In order to nurture and improve your ability to write accurately and clearly in Japanese, you are encouraged to have your draft corrected by a native speaker. If you plan ahead, you can also have your draft checked by your instructor, as long as it is up to the DAY BEFORE the due date (no same-day checking allowed). And we are REQUIRING that you have your initial draft corrected FIRST either by meeting with a native speaker or utilizing an on-line correction site, such as LANG-8 or GOOGLEDOCS and then bring the draft that you corrected to your instructor for further feedback.
* You will be required to turn in both your initial draft (NO English allowed even on the initial draft) PLUS the corrected version.
* Try to get to know a native speaker on campus (there are many students from Japan taking ESL courses, here as exchange students, members of the Communication Club and JSA-Japan Students' Association, etc.). Your instructor will also be offering you some assistance in this as the opportunity arises.

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