Japanese 3A Syllabus
Fall 2007



Time Instructors Office Hours Phone e-mail
9:00 -9:50 Haraguchi, Eiko
(Sithi-Amnuai
Tues, Wed, and Thur, 10:00-1100 at HIB 375

x2813 esithiam@uci.edu

11:00-11:50

Kimura, Judy

Mon and Wed, 1:00-2:00 at HIB 375
Fri, 11:00-12:00 at HH 105 (our classroom)

x2813

jkimura@uci.edu, zotanteat@aol.com

*E-mails are checked between the hours of 9 to 5 on weekdays only.
Course Description:
Japanese 3A-B-C focuses on the development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing (including translation) skills with an emphasis on communicative language use that also reveals features of Japanese culture. Students will be required to master sophisticated expressions and Kanji compounds necessary for studying more complex materials in Japanese and will be exposed to more authentic materials, including web-based/online material, in preparation for further studies in Japanese. Students will learn to read about and discuss the subjects contained in these materials, and to express their own thoughts as well.
About 300 new Kanji characters will be introduced systematically throughout Japanese 3A-B-C, along with Kanji compounds formulated from both new and previously learned Kanji.

Text: Chuukyuu Kara Jookyuu E no Nihongo---Authentic Japanese: Progressing from Intermediate to Advanced Japanese, by Osamu Kamada, etal.

Course Requirements and Evaluation
1. Unit Tests.....................................30%
2. Midterm/Final Exam.......................40%
3. Speaking Activities........................10%

4. Papers..........................................10%
5. Homework and Class Participation...10%

Extra Credit Opportunities (any combination of the following is acceptable; total amount may not exceed 2% of your Final Grade Point Total)
A. participation in the Japan Video Conference: 10/4; 10/11; 10/18; 11/1; 11/8; 11/15; 11/29 (0.2% /attendance) (to be held from 5-6 PM at HH269)
B. daily journal (0.1% each entry, up to 20 entries)
C. 10-sentence speech (0.1% each time, up to 20 times)

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

Grading: 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.

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 (such as talking in English, studying for other classes, taking a nap, etc.), some points (1-10%) will be subtracted from that student's final score.

Add-Drop Policy: A new add/drop policy is now in force in the School of Humanities. A student may add or drop a course in the School of Humanities up to the end of the second week of classes with only the instructor's signature. However, any time after the second week, a petition form, in which you must indicate your reason for adding/dropping, must be filled out and submitted directly to the School of Humanities. The instructor's signature is also required before submitting that form. This policy is strictly enforced regardless of your own school's policy. Check the Humanities Office of Undergraduate Study for this policy. Humanities majors may drop up to the end of the sixth week. The petition form can be downloaded from http://www.humanities.uci.edu/undergrad/forms/Petition-add-dropafterweek2.pdf

Grade Option:
A student cannot change from letter grade option to P/N after the end of the sixth week. However, any time after the sixth week, a petition form, in which you must indicate your reason for changing your grade option, must be filled out and submitted directly to the School of Humanities. The instructor's signature is also required before submitting that form.This policy is strictly enforced regardless of your own school's policy.


Absences: Points will be subtracted from your final score (0.5% per absence) for unexcused absences and chronic tardiness.
Excused Absences: Absences can be excused in cases of illness, family emergency, and other unforeseeable incidents beyond the control of the student. 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.


Homework: All homework must be done carefully, thoughtfully, and completely for full credit.
Conditions under which late homework may be accepted varies from instructor to instructor in the Department; check with your particular instructor with regards to their individual policy.


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 test/quiz 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.

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