Summer 2014

In order to take this class, a student must prove that they have taken Japanese 1A, B, before, or if they have or have a parent who is a native speaker, they have had a placement test AND oral interview that allow them entrance into this class. You may also take this class if you need to make up a grade from either a previously-taken Japanese 1C class that you did not pass.

Eiko Sithi-Amnuai Haraguchi
Office: HIB 375 // Phone (949) 824-2813 // E-mail: esithiam@uci.edu
Office Hours: 12:00-1:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday or by appointment

Course Description:
All courses from First- through Third-year Japanese focus on the development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing, with an emphasis on communicative language use which reveal features of Japanese culture. In Japanese 1A-B-C, students will learn the fundamentals of the language necessary to survive in Japan in basic daily life situations, including culturral appropriateness. Most of the basic grammar of Japanese, plus Hiragana, Katakana, and about 224 Kanji (Chinese characters) will be introduced.

Course Objectives:
This course's curriculum is designed in order for students to attain 5C's of the National Standards in Japanese.
National Standards for Foreign Language Education by American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages in the 21st Century (ACTFL)
Statement of Philosophy
"Language and communication are at the heart of the human experience. The United States must educate students who are linguistically and culturally equipped to communicate successfully in a pluralistic American society and abroad. This imperative envisions a future in which ALL students will develop and maintain proficiency in English and at least one other language, modern or classical. Children who come to school from non-English backgrounds should also have opportunities to develop further proficiencies in their first language."
COMMUNICATION: Communicate in Languages Other Than English (i.e. Japanese)
Standard 1.1: Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions
Standard 1.2: Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics
Standard 1.3: Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.
CULTURES: Gain Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures
Standard 2.1: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied
Standard 2.2: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studied
CONNECTIONS: Connect with Other Disciplines and Acquire Information
Standard 3.1: Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language
Standard 3.2: Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures
COMPARISONS: Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture
Standard 4.1: Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own
Standard 4.2: Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.
COMMUNITIES: Participate in Multilingual Communities at Home & Around the World
Standard 5.1: Students use the language both within and beyond the school setting
Standard 5.2: Students show evidence of becoming life-long learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.


1. Textbook:GENKI I: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese ISBN 978-4-7890-1440-3 C0081

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

2. Workbook:GENKI Workbook I: ISBN 978-4-7890-1441-0 C0081
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 (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. Quizzes .............


2. Lesson Tests (3)... 30%
3. Homework..................... 10%
4. Writing Activity 5%
5. Speaking Activity...........


5. Final Exam.. reading/writing/listening/speaking/kanji.


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/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.

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

Tardies: Students are expected to be on time each day for class. Arriving 10 minutes late is considered a tardy. 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 will not be permitted 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.

* Homework will be assigned by on a daily or regular basis. (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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