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    Japanese 1

    Textbook: Kimono 1

    Course Objectives

    At the end of this course students will be able to:

    1. exchange information about themselves (their family, friends, plans , experiences, feelings, etc.) in Japanese


    1. master hiragana and be able to read written in hiragana


    1. give information in written form (hiragana) on the basis of personal information and experience


    1. learn about Japan ( geography, history, way of life, traditions, etc.)


    Attendance and class participation

               Class participation will be based on your participation in class.


               Assignments will be based on completion of worksheets given in class,

               homework and neatness of your work as well. If you have a reason to be

               excused from class ( ex. medical reasons, personal emergency, etc.), please

               let me know in advance or as soon as possible so you will get these assignments.

    Unit quizzes

              You will have a small quiz in each unit, which will consist of ten to twenty

              vocabulary words, phrases, or sentences introduced in that unit.

    Unit tests

             This is a performance test given at the end of each unit, which will be a

             skit with a partner or group.


             instead of a performance test, you may have a written test of two or

             three units together, which will be composed of three parts: vocabulary, 

             grammar, and reading.

    Writing assignments

             Writing assignments will be given at the end of each semester.

             You will write about your family for the first semester and about your

             trips or experiences for the second semester. They must be turned in on


    Oral interview

            You will be given an oral interview at the end of each semester. It will

            be a short conversation between student and teacher.


    ** More details will be given in class on these topics.


    Annual Activities

    December                    Nengajo (New Year’s card)

    January                        Kakizome (Calligraphy)

    February/March              Japanese competition

    May                                Field Trip (to the nationality room at Pitt, Japanese/oriental store, and a 

                                         Japanese restaurant, and to attend some events if available)


Last Modified on August 19, 2022