This course concentrates on building vocabulary and grammar for conversation and listening comprehension. It increases translation skills for writing using hiragana and expands reading comprehension through the use of mini-stories as well as variations on traditional fairy tales. This course also takes a look into the connection between culture and history. Interactive elements include live instructor-led orientations and weekly lesson review activities, live one-on-one speaking appointments, a student discussion board, and an instructor-hosted wiki. This is the second course in a four-part Japanese series (JAPAN 041, 043, 051, and 053) and is a continuation of First-Year Japanese, Part 1 (JAPAN 041).

Course Details

All speaking appointments require high-speed internet access (hardwired if possible) and a computer with a webcam, a microphone, and speakers or headphones. A printer and scanner or digital camera are needed to complete required written assignments. Students will also need an MP3 player and recording device that allows you to listen to and save audio recordings and Japanese language font package on their computer to properly view the manual.
First-Year Japanese, Part 1 (JAPAN 041) or equivalent
Course Outline
Unit 1: Weather and Nature
Unit 2: Travel to Japan
Unit 3: Food
Unit 4: Animals
Unit 5: Japanese Dress
Unit 6: Money and Shopping
Unit 7: Hobbies