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

COURSE SYLLABUS

Term (Contact hours) ........................... WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER, & FALL (33 hours each)
Class & Section ....................................... BEGINNING 3 SM or WE
Instructor .................................................. TBA
Meeting day & Time ............................... Saturday 9-12noon or Wednesday 6-9pm

COURSE OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of this level,  you will be able to:  talk about weekend plans and travel plans, say what you will do in what order; ask to have something delivered by a specific means from a store or office, give directions to a taxi driver; ask about travel times; ask for permission, grant or refuse permission;  forbid someone from doing something, forbid something and give a reason for doing so, ask someone not to do something;  talk about what you are doing now, talk about where you live and work, who your acquaintances are, ask someone about something you are interested in;  talk about someone's likes, skills, and interests, introduce someone with details; talk about what you want to do or where you want to live, exchange information abut a mutual interest; and use approx. 75 KANJI.

TEXTBOOKS AND MATERIALS
1. Required: Japanese For Busy People  I   Kana version (Lessons 17-25) by Kodansha International / AJALT.  [also available at Kinokuniya Bookstore, San Francisco Japan Center. Phone 415- 567-7625.]

2. Recommended:  Mizutani, O., & Mizutani, N. (1977 & 1979). nihongo notes (Vols. 1 & 2). 

3. Internet programs
http://www.ajalt.org/sfyj/
http://webjapanese.com
http://mykikitori.com/lesson1.html

EVALUATION
1. One final exam (2.5 hours).
2. Upon successful completion (80% or higher attendance rate and 80% or higher final exam score) of the course, a STUDENT PROGRESS REPORT will be written if requested at the time you take the final exam.
3. Your final exam score (%) and attendance (%) will be kept in a digitized form @STUDENT GRADES AND INFORMATION REPOSITORY.

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

PROCEDURES
1. The instructor will follow the CALENDAR / Weekly Schedule printed below.
2. In class, student and teacher (and student and student) will engage in interactive language activities, a variety of exercises, using Japanese as much as possib le. The instructor, however, will use some mechanical and meaningful drills, when necessary, to develop your kinetic memory for the training of the perceptual motor skills.
3. Students will reinforce and develop vocabulary, structure, listening (audio CDs available in the textbook) and conversational skills through weekly assignments.
4. 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.  Introduction and orientation. Lesson 17

Week 2.  Lesson 18

Week 3.  Lesson 19

Week 4.  Lesson 20

Week 5.  Lesson 21

Week 6.   Review

Week 7.  Lesson 22

Week 8.  Lesson 23

Week 9.  Lesson 24

Week 10.  FINAL EXAM

Week 11.  Lesson 25 ................ Last Day of Class

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

PLEASE NOTE
1. You are expected to listen to the audio cassette tapes, memorize new words, read the grammar explanation in the textbook and to complete all assignments before coming to class.
2. From time to time short dictation quizzes may be given in class.
3. Please be on time for class; otherwise, you interrupt the lesson for others. Regular class attendance and participation are essential for language learning.
4. Excessive absences (more than 3 class meetings) may be cause for repetition of the course.
5. The results of your final exam (%) and attendance (%) will be kept in a digitized form @STUDENT GRADES AND INFORMATION REPOSITORY Your PROGRESS REPORT will be kept in the Soko Gakuen Records Office, and the Office will release it only upon your request.
6. 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
If you are unable to take the final exam on the scheduled date due to circumstances beyond your control, the exam will be given only in a similar test-taking situation (under supervision of an instructor at Soko Gakuen). Unless the final exam is made up before the PROGRESS REPORT is submitted (from the teacher to the Soko Gakuen Records Office), NO CERTIFICATES can be issued.


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

YOUR PROGRESS IS OUR MAIN CONCERN !