JAPANESE 1A Syllabus

Classes and Instructors:

Time Instructors Office Hours Phone

10 :00

11 :00

Ayako Nagai

M.Tu.Th. 8:30-9:00, W.Th.F. 12:00-12:30 or by appt. at HIB 375



Ryuko Flores

M-Th 11:00-12:00 at HIB 379, or by appointment

824-2813 floresra@uci.edu

*E-mails are checked between the hours of 9 to 5 on weekdays 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 the courses, from first- through third-year Japanese, focus on the development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing, with an emphasis on communicative language use that reveals the important features of Japanese culture. In Japanese 1A-B-C & 2A, students will learn the fundamentals of the language necessary to survive in Japan in basic daily life situations, including cultural appropriateness. Most of the basic grammar of Japanese + the writing system consisting of Hiragana, Katakana, and about 320 Kanji (Chinese characters) will be introduced.


1. Textbook: GENKI: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese (must be 2nd edition) ISBN 978-4-7890-1440-3 C0081
2. Workbook:GENKI Workbook (must be 2nd edition) ISBN 978-4-7890-1441-0 C0081
3. Audio Files: You can access the audio files through the CD that comes attached to your Workbook.
4. Dictionaries (optional): on-line dictionaries such as linked to our website or Jim Breen's website; any type of Electronic Dictionary (including the Nintendo DS system); the "Kotoba" dictionary that can be downloaded onto the iPhone or iTouch; dictionaries in print

Course Requirements and Evaluation Grading:

1. Vocabulary Quizzes.............


2. Chapter Tests... 35%
3. Final Exam............. 30%
4. In Class Writing............. 5%
5. Homework..................... 10%

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

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

Note that the percentage figures given above are only used as “guidelines.” Final grades will be adjusted taking into consideration the “grade curve,” i.e. the the distribution of all students’ grade points.


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 Policy: A student may either add or drop a course with no additional signatures necessary until the end of the second week of classess. 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. However, it will remain at the discretion of the instructor as to whether a make-up is allowed or not. A make-up quiz/exam is allowed only once per Quarter.

* Homework will be individually assigned by each instructor on a daily or regular basis.
*The answer key for the Workbook assighments is in EEE drop box (Nagai-sensee's sections). 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. 
* As far as the workbook assignments are concerned, you may write the answers on the workbook pages directly or on a sheet of paper. In case you write on paper, please indicate the page numbers and exercise numbers clearly.
* Please staple your entire homework together and turn it in at the beginning of the class.
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.

Return to East Asian Homepage
Return to UCI Humanities Home Page
Return to UCI Homepage