JAPN 111Y–112Y is a yearlong course for students who are beginning the study of Japanese. This course introduces basic Modern Standard Japanese and provides students with language skills through intensive practice and with knowledge of various aspects of the Japanese culture. Students also will learn three types of Japanese orthography: hiragana, katakana and approximately 200 kanji. Class meetings range from nine hours per week in the first semester to eight hours per week in the second, including three 50-minute evening sessions with an apprentice teacher (AT). Offered every fall semester.
This course is the second half of JAPN 111Y–112Y. JAPN 112Y is offered in the spring. See description for JAPN 111Y. Offered every year.
JAPN 213Y–214Y is a yearlong course that continues building a solid foundation in the Japanese program while developing communication skills in Japanese. By the end of the course, students will have learned all the basic grammar of Modern Standard Japanese and the cumulative total of 400 kanji. Coursework involves extensive assignments for speaking, listening, writing and reading, which will include materials about Japanese culture written in Japanese. Prerequisite: JAPN 111Y–112Y or equivalent. Offered every year.
This course is the second half of JAPN 213Y–214Y. See description for JAPN 213Y. Offered every year.
In this course, we will explore a wide range of topics related to Japanese culture, such as food, religion, popular culture, and performing arts. In addition to deepening students’ understanding of Japanese culture this course also seeks to further enhance reading, speaking, listening and writing proficiency in the Japanese language. Moreover, it helps students gain skills in research and presentation in Japanese. This course is conducted in Japanese. Prerequisite: JAPN 213Y–214Y or equivalent. Offered every other year.
In this course, we will read and discuss authentic materials in Japanese language, such as newspapers, fictions, essays and speeches. Students will learn concepts essential for understanding contemporary Japanese culture and society, and study key words in the relevant context through extensive reading and in-class discussion. Moreover, this course helps students gain skills in research and presentation in Japanese. Prerequisite: JAPN 213Y–214Y or equivalent. Offered every other year.
This course offers an opportunity to study on an individual basis an area of special interest — literary, cultural or linguistic — under the regular supervision of a faculty member. It is offered primarily to candidates for honors, to majors and, under special circumstances, to potential majors and minors. Individual study is intended to supplement, not to take place of, regular courses in the curriculum of each language program. Staff limitations restrict this offering to a very few students. To enroll in an individual study, a student must identify a member of the MLL department willing to direct the project, and in consultation with them, write up a one page proposal for the IS which must be approved by the department chair before the individual study can go forward. The proposal should specify the schedule of reading and/or writing assignments and the schedule of meeting periods. The amount of work in an IS should approximate that required on average in regular courses of corresponding levels. It is suggested that students begin their planning of an IS well in advance, so that they can devise a proposal and seek departmental approval before the registrar's deadline. Typically, an IS will earn the student 0.25 or 0.50 units of credit. At a minimum, the department expects the student to meet with the instructor one hour per week. Because students must enroll for individual studies by the end of the seventh class day of each semester, they should begin discussion of the proposed individual study preferably the semester before, so that there is time to devise the proposal and seek departmental approval before the registrar’s deadline.