Soko Gakuen Japanese Language School
1881 Pine Street
San Francisco, California 94109
Phone 415-928-9608
http://sokogakuen.org

COURSE SYLLABUS

Term (Contact hours) .............. FALL (33 hours)
Class & Section ........................... INTERMEDIATE COMPOSITION SA
Instructor ....................................... TBA
Meeting day & Time .................. Saturdays, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

PREREQUISITE
150 contact hours of Japanese or its equivalent

COURSE OBJECTIVES
After a few quarters of this course, you should be able to: meet a number of practical writing needs; write short, simple letters involving personal preferences, daily routine, everyday events, brief synopses and paraphrases, summaries of biographical data, work and school experiences; write a number of frequently encountered Kanji; demonstrate a basic control of both simple and complex sentence structures; distinguish formal and informal styles.

TEXTBOOKS AND MATERIALS
TBA: Weekly handouts prepared by the instructor.
Online resources
http://www.japanesetutor.com/resource.htm
http://fl176.hyper.chubu.ac.jp/wwkanji2k/wwkanji2056.html

EVALUATION
1. Your performance will be evaluated on a 7-point scale on the following items: The items are: your grammar, writing, reading, aural/listening, oral/speaking, communicative competence skills, and also your attendance, punctuality, performance in class, homework, attention, effort, motivation, and progress (see the STUDENT PROGRESS REPORT if necessary).
2. One final exam (2.5 hours).

TEACHING STYLE
The instructor will create a relaxed, low-anxiety atmosphere through which you can acquire the previously mentioned course objectives with ease. The instructor will use an eclectic teaching method.

PROCEDURES
See the following calendar. The class, however, may be conducted in accordance with the needs of the students in class within the course objectives.

CALENDAR / Weekly Schedule
Week 1.
To write short essays involving self. Why I am studying Japanese�i‚Ç‚¤‚µ‚Ä“ú–{Œê‚ð•×‹­‚µ‚Ä‚¢‚é‚Ì‚©�j Things I want to tell my teacher (�æ�¶‚ÉŒ¾‚¢‚½‚¢Ž–�j
Week 2. To write likes and dislikes (involving personal preferences). My favorite food�iŽ„‚Ì�D•¨�j
Week 3. To write short letters on topics related to personal experience. �@ Most frightening experience or accident (ˆê”Ô•|‚©‚Á‚½Žv‚¢�o�j
Week 4. To write about daily routine or response to invitations. My lifestyle (Ž„‚Ì�¶Šˆ�j�A“ú–{‚Ì—F�l‚©‚ç‚Ì�µ‘Ò�ó‚É•ÔŽ–‚ð�‘‚­
Week 5. To write about everyday events. —F�l‚É�u‚r‚eƒWƒƒƒpƒ“ƒZƒ“ƒ^�[�v‚©‚ç‰Æ‚Ü‚Å‚Ì�s‚«•û‚ð�‘‚­
Week 6. To write brief synopses (of ones interest or experience). Difference between US and Japan�i“ú–{‚ƃAƒ�ƒŠƒJ‚̈Ⴂ�j
Week 7. To write about work and/or school experience.
Week 8. To write about your opinions. Things I want to tell Japanese people�i“ú–{�l‚ÉŒ¾‚¢‚½‚¢Ž–�j Most important thing in a friendship �i—F�lŠÖŒW‚Å�Å‚à‘å�Ø‚È‚à‚Ì�j How harmful cigarette smoke can be (ƒ^ƒoƒR‚ÌŠQ�j Week 9. To write simple business letters--customer service issues. �u’�•¶‚µ‚½–{‚ª‚QƒJŒŽˆÈ�ã‚É‚È‚é‚Ì‚É�A‚Ü‚¾—ˆ‚È‚¢‚ñ‚Å‚·‚©�vetc.
Week 10. FINAL EXAM
Week 11. To write letters of complaint or suggestion--phone bills, etc.

Gibberish? Use http://www.rdt.monash.edu.au/~jwb/jviewer.html

*Weekly assignments on specific dates will be available from your instructor in class.

PLEASE NOTE
1. Please be on time for class; otherwise, you interrupt the lesson for others. Regular class attendance and participation are essential for language learning.
2. Excessive absences (more than 3 class meetings) may be cause for repetition of the course.
3. The PROGRESS REPORT will be written for all students who have completed the course work (the FINAL EXAM, assignments, quizzes, and an attendance rate of 80% or higher). Your PROGRESS REPORT will be kept in the Soko Gakuen Records Office, and the Office will release it only upon your request.
4. When you obtain a score of 80% or higher on the final exam, you move up to a higher level class. Soko Gakuen's exit criteria for each class/level are based on the 1987 ACTFL Japanese Language Proficiency Guidelines.

POLICY ON FINAL EXAM
There will be NO MAKE-UP FINAL for this course.


ALL THE ENDEAVORS OF THE TEACHER WILL FAIL TO INSURE SUCCESS UNLESS YOU PREPARE WITH DILIGENCE AND CONSTANCY
THE EXERCISES TO BE GIVEN IN CLASS.

YOUR PROGRESS IS OUR CONCERN !

Soko Gakuen's tuition is the lowest rate possible while keeping its high level of quality.