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Japanese Lower Intermediate (P84) - Not offered in 2017/18

Please note: this course will not be offered in 2017/18

Summary

Level:

This course is designed for students who completed the beginners continuation course (or equivalent) and have the fundamental knowledge of Japanese. Students are expected to be able to comprehend and produce simple statements. The ability to be able to read and write Hiragana and Katakana is essential.

Main Objectives:

Students will have opportunities to brush up their fundamental knowledge of the language and begin to learn some intermediate structures. Students will acquire the ability to deal with typical everyday situations, such as planning a trip, choosing a gift, booking a room in a hotel, asking for advice, searching for a lost item, and etc. Approximately 50 kanji will be introduced.

Teaching:

1 x 2 hour class per week plus some independent learning.

 

Course Text

Minna No Nihongo 2nd ver : Bk. 1 w/ Cd (2012) ISBN-13: 978-4883196036

A copy can be purchased from the University Bookshop.

 

Course Description

Students will have opportunities to brush up their fundamental knowledge of the language and begin to learn some intermediate structures. Students will acquire the ability to deal with typical everyday situations, such as planning a trip, choosing a gift, booking a room in a hotel, asking for advice, searching for a lost item, and etc. Approximately 70 kanji will be introduced.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

General: Carry out communicative tasks with basic language proficiency in familiar social situations, using basic grammar and vocabulary.

Reading: Understand short texts and letters written in Hiragana, Katakana scripts and basic Kanji.

Writing: Produce short but coherent texts, such as letters and short stories, using some basic Kanji.

Speaking: Communicate orally in everyday situations and describe and explain themselves on a familiar topic.

Listening: Understand short everyday conversations or monologues on familiar topics, such as family, hobbies, holidays.

Syllabus

  • making comparisons;
  • Asking for preference;
  • Asking for permission etc.
  • “I’d like to .. but…”;

Because of the cumulative nature of language learning, it is essential that students attend all the sessions and keep up with the course work. Students are required to do all assignments and homework on time.