JAPANESE 1C Syllabus
Spring 2013

In order to take this class, a student must have achieved at least a grade of C or better in Japanese 1B. If you did not take 1B here at UCI but were placed in 1C via the placement test AND an oral interview with Morioka-sensee, you must turn in to your instructor the paper indicating that on the first day of the class.

Classes and Instructors:

Time Instructors Office Hours Phone e-mail




Eiko Haraguchi


Tue. Wed.& Thu.11:00-12:00 and by appointment at HIB375







1:00 &
Judy Kimura

Tues., Wed., & Thurs. 4-5 or by appt.
at HIB 375

824-2813 jkimura@uci.edu,

*E-mail messages are checked during office hours only.
*As a courtesy when requesting a recommendation letter, you must give your instructor at least two weeks' advance notice.
You must have the statement of purpose/personal statement/essay ready at the time of request. Also, it would be appreciated if you would eventually let your instructor know the result of her efforts on your behalf with an e-mail.

Course Description:
All courses from First- through Third-year Japanese focus on the development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing, with an emphasis on communicative language use which reveal features of Japanese culture. In Japanese 1A-B-C, students will learn the fundamentals of the language necessary to survive in Japan in basic daily life situations, including culturral appropriateness. Most of the basic grammar of Japanese, plus Hiragana, Katakana, and about 170 Kanji (Chinese characters) will be introduced.

Course Goals:
This course's curriculum is designed in order for students to attain the National Standards in Japanese.
National Standards for Foreign Language Education by American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages in the 21st Century (ACTFL)
Statement of Philosophy
"Language and communication are at the heart of the human experience. The United States must educate students who are linguistically and culturally equipped to communicate successfully in a pluralistic American society and abroad. This imperative envisions a future in which ALL students will develop and maintain proficiency in English and at least one other language, modern or classical. Children who come to school from non-English backgrounds should also have opportunities to develop further proficiencies in their first language."
COMMUNICATION: Communicate in Languages Other Than English (i.e. Japanese)
Standard 1.1: Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions
Standard 1.2: Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics
Standard 1.3: Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.
CULTURES: Gain Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures
Standard 2.1: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied
Standard 2.2: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studied
CONNECTIONS: Connect with Other Disciplines and Acquire Information
Standard 3.1: Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language
Standard 3.2: Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures
COMPARISONS: Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture
Standard 4.1: Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own
Standard 4.2: Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.
COMMUNITIES: Participate in Multilingual Communities at Home & Around the World
Standard 5.1: Students use the language both within and beyond the school setting
Standard 5.2: Students show evidence of becoming life-long learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.



Textbook: Yookoso! An Invitation to Contemporary Japanese 2006
Workbook: Workbook/Laboratory Manual to Accompany Yookoso! (1999 or 2006)
Answer Packet : is available in PDF format.
Activity Book: Yattemiyoo!- Japanese Classroom Activity Book
Audio Files: You can access the audio files through the internet at http://www.humanities.uci.edu/hirc
In case it does not play, try www.mhhe.com/yookoso3 and go to "student ediction"
Dictionaries (optional): Kodansha’s Furigana Japanese-English Dictionary, Kenkyusha’s Furigana English- Japanese Dictionary, The Kenkyusha English-Japanese, Japanese-English Learner’s Pocket Dictionaries, The AOTS Nihongo Dictionary for Practical Use by 3A Corporation, A Guide to Reading and Writing Japanese, Kanji Dictionary by Charles E. Tuttle Co., any type of Electronic Dictionary (including the Nintendo DS system)

Course Requirements and Evaluation Grading:

1. Six Quizzes.............................................. 25%
2. Mid-term and Final Exams......................... 50%
3. Homework................................................ 10%

Writing Activities (Two papers)..................

5. Final Project.............................................. 5%

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

Minimum Grade:
In order to advance to the next level, a student must achieve a grade of C or better.

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

Add/Drop/Change Grade Policy: There is a new policy in enforcement in the School of Humanities. 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.

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

Excused Absences:
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.

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

* You can access the audio files through the internet at http://www.humanities.uci.edu/hirc. In case it does not play, try www.mhhe.com/yookoso3 and go to "student edition."
* Homework will be individually assigned by each instructor on a daily or regular basis.
*Check your answers with the answer key before turning in your homework. If you have a particular section of the homework assignment that you either had difficulty with or had some question about, mark that section with a red pen so that it is easily noticeable by the instructor, and the instructor will give you some hints to help you understand it better. 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.


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