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Japanese Intermediate (P85) - 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 post beginners course (or equivalent) and have the fundamental knowledge of Japanese. Students are expected to be able to read and write Hiragana and Katakana and be familiar with basic Kanji.

Main Objectives:

This course is designed to develop the general conversation skills with relative fluency and confidence. Students will begin to acquire the ability to deal with typical everyday situations, such as greeting new people, talking about schedules, expressing one’s feelings, asking for suggestions to solve problems, and etc. Approximately 70 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

This course is designed to develop the general conversation skills with relative fluency and confidence. Students will begin to acquire the ability to deal with typical everyday situations, such as greeting new people, talking about schedules, expressing one’s feelings, asking for suggestions to solve problems, and etc. Approximately 70 kanji will be introduced.

 

Learning Outcomes

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

1) Talk about someone’s personal history
2) Give a detailed self-introduction
3) Talk about changes
4) Talk about an old acquaintance and how they have changed
5) Describe a building’s facilities
6) Describe your personal effects
7) Describe someone’s personality
8) Talk about schedules
9) Talk about the services available at a shop

10) State what you are thinking about doing in the new future
11) Express your feelings and give reasons for them
12) Talk about possible scenarios that could occur in the new future
13) Call for teamwork when hosting a barbeque
14) Confirm the details of a trip
15) Tell someone over the phone that you do not have time to talk and will call them back later
16) Talk about changes
17) Talk about your dreams for future
18) Talk about what to do in the event of a disaster
19) Talk about problems and explaining solutions
20) Ask for suggestions about how to solve problems
21) Give directions
22) Using intransitive and transitive verbs
23) Give a reason for rejecting an invitation

Syllabus

Topics

  • greeting a new employee
  • running into an old acquaintance;
  • joining a civic orchestra;
  • asking for time off;
  • selecting a vacation plan;
  • reserving a room at an inn;
  • talking about productivity;
  • computer trouble;
  • giving directions.

Grammar

  • expressing a sequence of events;
  • ‘when’;
  • describing a change in state;
  • plain forms of adjectives and of ‘Nouns + desu’;
  • form modifying clauses;
  • nominalizing sentences;
  • giving a reason;
  • expressing potentiality;
  • expressing volition ‘I am thinking about.,,,’;
  • forming indirect questions;
  • talking about future events;
  • making hypothetical statements;
  • stating the result of an action or event
  • indicating that an action or event has been fully completed;
  • making conditional statements;
  • speaking of natural or habitual results;
  • expressing necessity.

Skills

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.