Japanese 3B Syllabus

Winter 2008

Office Hours

Haraguchi, Eiko

Tues., Wed., & Thurs., 11:00-12:00 at HIB 375


11:00 Kimura, Judy Tues., Wed., & Thurs., 12:00-12:50 at HIB 375

X2813 jkimura@uci.edu


Course Description:
The Japanese 3A-3B-3C series will build on the content knowledge as well as the linguistic skills that students acquired in 2nd-Year Japanese. While students discussed a variety of phenomena and social issues that were closely related to their personal lives throughout 2nd-Year Japanese, more abstract topics and themes derived from a larger perspective will be discussed in the 3rd-Year course. The goal of this series is to foster students in becoming competent and culturally literate users of Japanese. Students will not only learn about Japanese culture and society, but will also be expected to develop skills by the end of the series enabling them to acquire and construct knowledge of culture on their own, as well as to express their thoughts and opinions regarding these issues.

In terms of development of linguistic skills, the four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing will be fostered, with increased emphasis upon reading skills. Students will learn more advanced grammatical patterns and useful expressions in Japanese and expand their vocabulary. A majority of the reading materials will be authentic, and students will be expected to comprehend them with assistance from a dictionary.

About 300 new kanji characters will be introduced, along with kanji compounds formulated from both new and previously learned kanji. Homework will be announced on a regular basis.

1Du ’†‹‰‚©‚ηγ‹‰‚Φ‚Μ“ϊ–{ŒκvOsamu Kamada, Fusako Sugimoto, Yoshiko Tomiyama, Atsumi Miyatani and Machiko Yamamoto, 1987, The Japan Times, Ltd. (Available at the bookstore)

2DOptional: It is highly recommended that students purchase and bring to class a Japanese/English dictionary ofsome type, preferably electronic.

Course Requirements:

1 Final 30%
2 teats & Quizzes 30%
3 Speaking Activities 15%
4 Writing Activities 15%
5 Homework & Participation 10%

Evaluation 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

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 (talking in English, studying for other classes, taking a nap, etc.), some points (1~10%) will be subtracted from his 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.

Grade Option:
A student cannot change from letter grade option to P/N after the end of the second week. Thispolicy is strictly enforced regardless of your own school's policy.

Absences: Points will be subtracted from your final score (0.5% per absence) for unexcusable absences and tardiness. Absences can be excused in cases of illness, family emergency, and other unforeseeable incidents beyond the control of a 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: Late homework will not be accepted except in cases of excused absences. All homework must be done carefully,thoughtfully, and completely for full credit.

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 a(n) exam/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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