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 ........................ INTERMEDIATE 1  SA, WE,
Instructor ....................................... TBA
Meeting day & Time ................. Saturdays 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., Wednesdays 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
 

COURSE OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to: introduce him- or herself and others, start and end a conversation, buy things and send mail at the post office, order meals and pay at the restaurant, ask whereabouts of things and people, confirm information, and reproduce 80% or more KANJI introduced during the term.

TEXTBOOKS AND MATERIALS
1. Required: The Tsukuba Group. (1999). Situational Functional Japanese (Lessons 1-4, Vol.1: Notes & Drills). Tokyo: Bonjinsha. [May be available at  Kinokuniya Bookstore, San Francisco--Geary & Webster, Phone 415-567-7625.]

2. Recommended:
a) Makino, S., & Tsutsui, M. (1999).  A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar. Tokyo, Japan: The Japan Times.
b) Practice Japanese online.
http://www.manythings.org/japanese/kana
http://www.webjapanese.com
http://www.sf.airnet.ne.jp/~ts/japanese/index.html
http://mykikitori.com

3. Audio cassette tapes related to the textbook lessons.

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 cassette tapes listened to regularly) 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 Lesson 1

Week 2 ...... Lesson 1, KANJI QUIZ #1

Week 3 ...... Lesson 2, KANJI QUIZ #2

Week 4 ...... Lesson 2, KANJI QUIZ #3

Week 5 ..... . Lesson 3, KANJI QUIZ #4

Week 6 ...... Lesson 3, KANJI QUIZ #5

Week 7 ...... Lesson 4, KANJI QUIZ #6

Week 8 ...... Lesson 4, KANJI QUIZ #7

Week 9 ...... REVIEW, KANJI QUIZ #8

Week 10 ...... FINAL EXAM

Week 11 ...... Review (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. KANJI quizzes (KANJI from the textbooks) will be given 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
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 !


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