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 ................................ Reading 3&k JLPTn3  SA
Instructor .......................................... TBA
Meeting day & Time ......................... Saturdays, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
 

COURSE DESCRIPTION & OBJECTIVES
Continuation of Reading 2&k.   Students develop Japanese language proficiency (NIHONGO NORYOKU Level 3).   Get to know the real NIHONGO NORYOKU SHIKEN's format, question types, and scoring.  Practice and learn key test-taking strategies for the Nihongo Noryoku Shiken Level 3.   Upon completion of this course,  the student should be able to:  (a) gain experience and confidence with practice JLPT tests (Level 3) and exercises,  (b) know and use  in sentences  the ON-KUN readings for approximately  500  KANJI characters. Through reading Kanji  in Japanese sentences and paragraphs,  the students will also increase their knowledge of Kanji.  The contents of this course will change from quarter to quarter.  Prerequisite:  Reading 2&K or its equivalent.

TEXTBOOKS AND MATERIALS
1. Required:
a)  Nihongo Noryoku Shiken Level 3  by Bonjinsha.
b)  Kano, C. , Shimizu, Y., & Ishi, E. (19??). Basic KANJI Book (Lessons 33-45, Vol. 2). Tokyo, Japan: Bonjinsha.

2. Recommended:
a) Murata, M. (1991). KANJI: Practical guide for beginners. Tokyo: Babel Press.
b) ジャポニカ かんじのれんしゅう 小学5年、6年. (n.d.). Tokyo, Japan: Shouwa [Availabel at SF Kinokuniya].
c) Practice Kanji on the Internet.
http://www.kanjisite.com
http://www.nuthatch.com/kanjicards
http://www.dartmouth.edu/~kanji
d) Heisig, J. W. (1977). Remembering the KANJI I. Tokyo, Japan: Japan Publications Trading.
e) Online
http://jisho.org
http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/wwwjdic.html
http://www.trussel.com/f_nih.htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIT2JWe9A7g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDecq4lfhYs&list=PLINFE8v4DOhsnhC58pqjXBCSNpU66tTG8

f) Canon Wordtank or a portable Kanji computer [Available at SF Kinokuniya Bookstore, or at Akihabara, Tokyo].

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 (see below).

2. The class, however, may be conducted in accordance with the needs of the students in class within the course objectives.

CALENDAR / Weekly Schedule    (The following schedule may change.)

Week 1. Brief introduction and orientation. Lesson 33

Week 2. Lessons 34, 35. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  .Kanji Quiz #1

Week 3. Lessons 35, 36 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . Kanji Quiz #2

Week 4. Lessons 37, 38 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . Kanji Quiz #3

Week 5. Lessons 38, 39 . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . Kanji Quiz #4

Week 6. Lessons 40, 41 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . Kanji Quiz #5

Week 7. Lesson 41, 42 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . Kanji Quiz #6

Week 8. Lessons 43, 44 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . Kanji Quiz #7

Week 9. Lesson 44 and Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kanji Quiz #8

Week 10. FINAL EXAM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kanji Quiz #9

Week 11. Review and Lesson 45

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

PLEASE NOTE
1. You are expected to complete all assignments before and after the class. Memorize Kanji characters, write short essays and sentences in Japanese before coming to the class.
2. From time to time, Kanji quizzes will be given (possibly as shown in the calendar).
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
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 !

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