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GREEN SHEET / COURSE SYLLABUS (short version) accessible syllabus provided by the Center for Faculty Development

Semester:                               SPRING 2024
Class, section & code             ELEMENTARY JAPANESE, JPN 001A-02  21690
GE Designator                           C2
Units/ Contact hours:                 4/ 48 hours
Instructor:                                   Dr. ShimazuDepartment of World Languages & LiteraturesSJSU
Days & Time Taught (Room):   MWF, 12:00-1:10 p.m.  Dudley Moorhead Hall (DMH 149B)
Office hours:                             MWF, 10:30-11:45 a.m. (or by appointment)
Office:                                        Clark Bldg 410P,  phone 408-924-4625
Email:                                         ymshimazu@gmail.com
Website:                                     www.sjsu.edu/people/y.shimazu 

   a)  Banno, E., et al. (2020). An integrated course in elementary Japanese GENKI  (3rd ed.) and workbook, audio files (LL.1-5, Vol.1). Tokyo, Japan: The Japan Times.   ISBN 9784789017305.
   b)  Shimazu, Y. M. (2022). Handy Katakana workbook (7th ed.).  Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.   ISBN 9798765744260

   a)  International Internship Programs. (1997). Japan at a glance. Tokyo: Kodansha International.
   b)  Mizutani, O., & Mizutani, N. (1977 & 1979). nihongo notes (Vols. 1 & 2).
   c)  Brown, H. D. (1989). A practical guide to language learning. New York: McGraw-Hill.
   d)  Makino, S., & Tsutsui, M. (1986).  A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar. Tokyo, Japan: The Japan Times.
   e)  Inaba, S. (2013). An introduction to Japanese linguistics for advance learners of Japanese. Cupertino. CA: GreenLing-5
   f)   DeMente, B. (1997). The Japanese have a word for it.  IL: Passport Books/Lincolnwood
   g)  Books, dictionaries, etc. https://www.stonebridge.com
   h)  Genki Opening Dialogs (videos)  https://genki3.japantimes.co.jp/en/student/dialoguevideo.html

1.  DO BOTH IN-CLASS AND M&F HOMEWORK *ASSIGNMENTS (online).  Because this course is  a C2 GE Designator, all students must purchase their Workbooks and complete every required page to receive credit.
2.  ATTEND CLASS regularly. Attendance rate 80% or higher required (to participate in class activity, you need to attend the class). Excessive absences (missing more than 20% of class time) may be cause for repetition of the course.
3.  TAKE quizzes and 1 final exam.
 *Assignment due dates are subject to change with fair notice.

1.  Quizzes (if 6 quizzes are given, lowest score may be deleted) ......................... 50%
2.  Final exam (Thursday, 5/16/24 1215-230)........................................................ 25%
3.  Participation, Homework, and Workbooks (HKW & orange book)..................... 25%
4.  Extra work such as reading newspaper or magazine articles that are related to Japan (business, language, culture, etc.) and reviewing those articles, or attending lectures......................................extra credit (1% per case)
5.  Actively participate in the SJSU Japan Club activities.
GRADING SCALE  A+  98-100%  A 93-97%  A- 90-92%   B+ 88-89%  B 83-87%  B- 80-82%  C+ 78-79%  C 73-77%  C- 70-72%  D+ 68-69%  D 63-67%  D- 60-62%  F Below 60%
 l.  The instructor will create a relaxed, low-anxiety learning environment through which you can acquire the course objectives.
2.  The instructor will use an "eclectic" teaching method to help you develop basic linguistic and communicative competence by understanding "speaking rules," and the "relation between linguistic form and function."
3.  In class, students and teacher (and student and student) will engage in interactive language activities, a variety of exercises, using Japanese as much as possible. 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.
4.  In order to acquire integrative language skills and to improve your penmanship in Japanese the instructor may use writing exercises, dictation, etc. in class. 

1.  One textbook lesson should be covered in 8-10 class sessions with supplementary material, with a quiz at the end.  You are expected to memorize the vocabulary, read the grammar notes, and listen to the audio files (1.  Scan QR code,  2. download OTO Navi from App Store or Google Play--see the last page in textbook) for each lesson before coming to class.  The first several weeks will be spent in learning Hiragana and Katakana along with the textbook lessons.  Writing exercises shall be done in 8.5 x 7 inch Examination Green Books (smaller ones).
2.  Students will reinforce and develop vocabulary, structure, listening and speaking skills through M&F HOMEWORK *ASSIGNMENTS (online).
You are expected to do the online supplementary material (interactive language activities--including audio tapes) at home.

The student should, at the end of the semester, be able to: develop four Japanese language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) at the NOVICE-MID level according to ACTFL guidelines, focus on three modes of communication: interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational.

Listening/Aural Comprehension & Oral Production
A. respond to teacher's and classmates' simple questions;
B. respond to simple requests and commands;
C. give short answers to yes/no and information questions;
D. repeat, at least, a 6-word sentence after a model;
E. ask simple questions;
F. ask information questions with a complete sentence;
G. relate Hiragana and Katakana characters to sounds;
H. read everything that he or she produces;
I.  form correctly all the characters and combinations of characters in Hiragana and Katakana;
J.  recognize approx. 50 Kanji (Chinese characters) introduced during the semester;
K. punctuate a sentence correctly; that is, the sentence-end mark or a small circle (the equivalent of a period in English), and use comma where appropriate in the sentence structures presented;
L. write dictation based on oral work and reading materials;
M. relate sounds to phonological spelling in Hiragana and Katakana, and write them correctly;
Special Skills
N. read a calendar; use standard polite expressions, including greetings, leave-takings, and introductions (L1);
O. ask about, read, and tell prices for food, clothing, postage, and other necessities; order food in a restaurant (L2);
P.  provide basic information about self and family members verbally and in simple writing (name, age, address, telephone number, etc.);
Q. talk about daily activities and customs; extend invitations; accept and refuse invitations (L3);
R. ask and tell time; ask and answer where things are; talk about things and habitual events that happened in the past (L4);
S.  make offers and invitations (L5);
T. master 400 essential vocabulary words introduced in the course.

Regular class attendance and participation are essential for learning a language. Please arrive on time for class, and it is vital that you attend all classes and participate in all class activities. The quizzes and final exam will test your comprehension of the material in the textbook, which will be covered during the class sessions, class handouts, and lectures. If you miss a quiz, you will receive a grade of zero. If you miss a class, you are responsible for finding out what was covered during that class. You are accountable for all material presented during the course. Please refrain from bringing any food or chewing gum into the classroom, as well as electronic devices such as smartPhones, AirPods, and others. Additionally, texting and watching Anime/manga during the class are not allowed.

According to SJSU Policy, all courses are required to hold a final examination or final project during the final examination period. Only with the approval of both the Chair of the Department and the Dean of the College can exceptions be made, which are rarely granted except in the most extreme circumstances.

Students are not permitted to use old tests, quizzes when preparing for exams. Violations to the Academic Integrity Policy undermine the educational process and will not be tolerated.  Violators of the Academic Integrity Policy will be subject to failing this course and be reported to the Office of Judicial Affairs for disciplinary action which could result in suspension or expulsion from San Jose State University.  The use of ChatGPT (QuillBot) is not permitted for writing papers, including essays and reports, due to ethical considerations. This policy aims to promote working smarter in academic work.

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours.  Presidential Directive 97-03 requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with DRC to establish a record of their disability.

Individuals who need extra help, feel free to see me. Questions are always welcome. Your progress is my main concern.  がんばって!


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