Japanese 2A Syllabus
Fall 2014



Office Hours





Eiko Sithi-Amnuai

Tue. Wed. & Thu. 12:00-1:00
or by appointment at HIB 375



*E-mails are checked between the hours of 9 am to 5 pm 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:
The objective of the Japanese 2A-2B-2C series is to help students to improve their communication skills in more complicated situations and on more abstract topics, and to foster students in becoming competent and culturally-literate users of Japanese. Students will not only learn about Japanese culture and society, but also are expected to become able to acquire and construct knowledge of culture on their own and express their thoughts and opinions regarding these issues by the end of the series. 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:

GENKI II:An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese ISBN 978-4-7890-1443-4 C0081

2. Workbook:

GENKI Workbook II:ISBN 978-4-7890-1444-1 C0081

3. Audio Files: You can access the audio files through the CD that comes attached to your Workbook.

4 . Dictionaries : on-line dictionaries such as alc, chuuta, kantango, pop jisho, rikai 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/ iTouch/iPad; dictionaries in print
Course Requirements and Evaluation Grading:
1. Final Exam......................25%
2. 9 Quizzes.........................30%
3. 1Writing Activity..............5%
4. 2 Tests..............................20%
5. Final Project.....................10%
6. Homework/Class Participation...........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 class, 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/test/exam is allowed only once per Quarter.
* *The answer key for the Workbook assignments is sent by e-mail before this quarter. Check your answers with the answer key before turning in your homework. If your answer is not correct, you need to correct with a red pen.? If you have a particular section of the homework assignment that you either had difficulty with or had some question about, please circle that section with a red pen so that it is easily noticeable by the instructor, and the instructor will give you some explanation 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.
* Write your name in Japanese.
* 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.


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