Japanese 2C Syllabus

Spring 2014

Class Time Instructor Office, Tel # & E-mail Office Hours
Ayako Nagai

HIB 375 (949)824-2813 ayako@uci.edu

M 8:30-9:00, M-F 11:00-11:30 or by appointment


Ryuko Flores

HIB 375 (949)824-2813, floresra@uci.edu

M - W & F 12:00 - 1:00 or by appointment

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:
The objective of the Japanese 2A-2B-2C series is to help students improve their communication skills in more complicated situations and on more abstract topics, and to foster students who are competent and culturally-literate users of Japanese. Students will not only learn about Japanese culture and society, but will also be expected by the end of the series to become able to acquire and construct knowledge of Japanese culture on their own and express their thoughts and opinions regarding these issues. Students will learn more advanced grammatical patterns and useful expressions in Japanese and expand their vocabulary. About 330 more Kanji will be introduced.

1. Textbook: Let's Think About Japan (日本について考えよう)
(sent to each student via e-mail as PDF file, chapter-by-chapter)
2. Audio Recordings: You must access the audio recordings for homework through the Internet at http://www.humanities.uci.edu/hirc
3. Dictionaries: Optional, but it is highly recommended that you consider purchasing an electronic dictionary and/or a Nelson Kanji Dictionary.

Course Requirements and Evaluation Grading:

Final Exam 20%
2 Chapter tests 20%
4 Quizzes 20%
2 Writing Activities 10%
Speaking Activities (Roleplay & Debate) 10%
Final Presentation 10%
Class Participation & 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-


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.
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 their final score.

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

Homework Policy: Homework will be assigned via e-mail on a regular basis. Each homework assignment must be done carefully, thoughtfully, and completely for full credit.

Extra Credit Opportunities: Students are encouraged to take advantage of Extra Credit opportunities (journaling, attending JVC, conversation partner, pleasure reading, JLPT listening, etc.). See the website for details.

Assigned Research Papers:
* In 2A-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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