Course Descriptions

AP/JP 1000 6.0 (Y) ELEMENTARY MODERN STANDARD JAPANESE

PREREQUISITE: None.
No previous knowledge of the language is assumed.

DESCRIPTION:

Web-based introductory Japanese course: basics of spoken Japanese, with strong emphasis on immediate practical usefulness in everyday situations, and on the relationship between facets of language and those of social phenomena. Writing is introduced after some competence in spoken Japanese is acquired: the two Kana syllabaries, approximately 120 Kanji 'Sino-Japanese characters' and elementary reading are introduced. Video files are available on the web for listening comprehension and for orientation to the culture, society, and people. No textbook is used: all the instructional materials including interactive self-study materials are available on the website.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is used to enhance students' further acquisition of the language. The course is structured to be self-contained at this level.

Partially, it is also designed for general educational purposes. Therefore, the course accommodates as well students who may not continue to study Japanese at higher levels in the future.

FORMAT: One hour of lecture presentation and explanation [video-streamed and recorded]; three hours of tutorials with primary stress on oral communicative activities, shifting later in the year to an increasing stress on reading and writing. Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) work.

EVALUATION: Tests [online-Moodle] - 50%; Oral assignments - 25%; Quizzes - 15%; Class attendance and participation - 10%.

TEXTS: Ota, Lecture Notes; A small fee is charged for video-recording, online material development and photocopied material.

AP/JP 2000 6.0 (Y) INTERMEDIATE MODERN STANDARD JAPANESE

PREREQUISITE:

AS/JP 1000 6.0 or AP/JP 1000 6.0 or an equivalent background. Students who have not taken AS/JP 1000 6.0 or AP/JP 1000 6.0, but have studied Japanese elsewhere must take the placement test PRIOR TO ENROLMENT (Please call 416-736-5016).

DESCRIPTION:

Web-based intermediate Japanese course: further study of common grammatical forms and structures; items covered in AP/JP 1000 6.0 are reviewed and expanded. The main focus is on the use of complex sentences in situation- and task -oriented conversation, strategy-centered reading and structure-based writing. Approximately 330 additional Kanji 'Sino-Japanese characters' are introduced [450 in total]. No textbook is used: all the instructional materials including interactive self-study materials are available on the website. Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is used to enhance students' further acquisition of the language.

FORMAT: Four class hours; Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) work.

EVALUATION: Tests [online-Moodle] - 50%; Oral assignments - 25%; Quizzes and written assignments - 15%; Class attendance and participation - 10%.

TEXTS: Lecture Notes; photocopied material (a small fee is charged).

AP/JP 2700 6.0 (Y) CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE CULTURE AND SOCIETY

PREREQUISITE: None; taught in English.

DESCRIPTION:

This course is an introduction to contemporary Japanese culture and society. It employs an interdisciplinary approach to an interpretation of features of cultural and social phenomena in present day Japan.

The course starts by examining aspects of social institutions, and Japanese values and beliefs. It then considers Japanese cultural practices and products in both high and popular culture, aiming to characterize their structure and function in a social context.

FORMAT: Three class hours per week.

EVALUATION: Tests – 40%; Assignments and a research project – 40%; Participation – 20%.

TEXTS: Hendry, Joy 2003. Understanding Japanese Society (3rd Edition). Routledge Curzon; Course Kit; photocopied material (a small fee is charged).

AP/JP 3000 6.0 (Y) ADVANCED MODERN STANDARD JAPANESE

PREREQUISITE: AS/JP 2000 6.0 or AP/JP 2000 6.0, or equivalent.
Students who have not taken AS/JP 2000 6.0 or AP/JP 2000 6.0 must take the placement test PRIOR TO ENROLMENT (Please call 416-736-5016).

DESCRIPTION:

Web-based advanced Japanese course: to continue the work of (AS/JP 2000 6.0 or AP/JP 2000 6.0) to the level at which students can function independently with everyday continuous texts in various fields. The main focus is on discourse structure in the four skills areas; original and edited texts on various topics are read, summarized, translated and discussed. Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) involves web browsing, email, word-processing and web presentation in Japanese. Films will be shown for listening comprehension, discussion and critique. Practical work includes resume writing, interview, letter writing and debate. Socio-cultural aspects are particularly emphasized to deepen the understanding of Japanese society and culture. Kyooiku Kanji 'Education Characters' (881) are covered. After the completion of this course students will be ready for one-year study in Japan.

No textbook is used: all the instructional materials including interactive self-study materials are available on the website. Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is used to enhance students' further acquisition of the language.

FORMAT: Four class hours per week; seminar style; individualized study and instruction; Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) work.

EVALUATION: Tests [online-Moodle] - 45 %; Oral assignments - 25%; Written assignments and quizzes - 20%; Class attendance and participation - 10%.

TEXTS: Reading materials; photocopied material (a small fee is charged).

AP/JP 3100 3.0 JAPANESE LINGUISTICS I: THE STRUCTURE OF MODERN JAPANESE LANGUAGE

The course examines the linguistic structure of the modern standard Japanese language. Topics include lexicon, phonology (sound structure), morphology (word structure), and syntax (sentence structure). Prerequisites: AP/JP 1000 6.0 or AP/LING 1000 6.0.

Course credit exclusions: None.

Language of Instruction: English

AP/JP 3751 3.0 JAPANESE BUSINESS CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION

Examines characteristics of Japanese corporate culture and aspects of management styles as well as patterns of Japanese communication styles, drawing on concepts from linguistics, communication, and cultural studies.

Pre/Corequisite: AP/JP 2700 6.0. Course credit exclusions: None.

Language of Instruction: English

AP/JP 4000 6.0 (Y) ADVANCED READINGS IN CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE**

PREREQUISITE:
AS/JP 3000 6.0 or
AP/JP 3000 6.0 or equivalent. Students who have not taken AS/JP 3000 6.0 or AP/JP 3000 6.0 must take the placement test PRIOR TO ENROLMENT (call 416-736-5016).

DESCRIPTION:

Web-based post-advanced Japanese course: to provide further language instruction for those who have completed AS/JP 3000 6.0 or AP/JP 3000 6.0 at York University or an equivalent course at other institutions, or those who have acquired comparable knowledge of the Japanese language elsewhere. The knowledge assumed consists of the basic [simple sentence based], intermediate [complex sentence based] and advanced [paragraph based] grammar, general and semi-specialized vocabulary, communicative competence enhanced by various sociolinguistic and pragmatic information, and two Kana systems and Kyooiku Kanji [881 Education Characters].

In this course, students are expected to put their acquired knowledge and competence to use. Interpretation, translation, summarization, discussion, debate and web presentation will enable students to become familiar with various topics and use a wide variety of Japanese materials independently.

This course requires rather heavy preparation, and many assignments are given. As this is the fourth year course in the Japanese program, students are encouraged to improve their performance by recognizing their own weaknesses and overcoming them. This course is ideal also for those who need a remedial Japanese course to improve their performance. Kaitee Jooyoo Kanji 'Revised Chinese characters for daily use' (2136) will be targeted (passive recognition included). No textbook is used: all the instructional materials including interactive self-study materials are available on the website. Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is used to enhance students' further acquisition of the language.

FORMAT: Four class hours per week; rather heavy preparation and assignments. Each class will be conducted in seminar style in order to enhance students' active and creative participation. Students are strongly encouraged to take the initiative in communicative interactions in class. Students are expected to be familiar with current affairs through reading newspapers and watching online TV news for discussion. Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) work.

EVALUATION: Tests [online-Moodle] - 40%; Oral assignments - 20%; Quizzes and written assignments - 20%; Essay - 10%; Attendance and participation - 10%.

TEXTS:Reading materials; photocopied and mimeographed material (a small fee is charged).