JPN 101: Japanese I

Citrus College Course Outline of Record

Citrus College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Fall 2022
Credits: 5
Total Contact Hours: 90
Lecture Hours : 90
Lab Hours: 0
Hours Arranged: 0
Outside of Class Hours: 180
District General Education: C2. Humanities
Transferable to CSU: Yes
Transferable to UC: Yes - Approved
Grading Method: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Catalog Course Description

A course in elementary Japanese grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation which aims at understanding, speaking, reading, and writing simple Japanese and serves as an introduction to Japanese culture. 90 lecture hours.

Course Objectives

  • read and write letters, diaries, and short essays using the most elementary Japanese writing styles, namely Hiragana, Katakana, and about 60 Kanji
  • speak, at moderate speed, simple short Japanese sentences to convey ideas in such situations as greetings, introductions, shopping, asking simple questions and locations, times, dates, things, people, and events
  • demonstrate the ability to describe things and people in a very simple manner
  • demonstrate an understanding of the system of verbal conjugation of the Japanese language
  • demonstrate an understanding of the adjectival inflection and copula verb in the form of affirmative, negative, non-past and past
  • demonstrate an understanding of the geography of Japan (on a map)
  • demonstrate a basic knowledge of Japanese cultural events and the ideas behind them

Major Course Content

  1. Introduction
    1. Sounds of Japanese
    2. Presentation of kana
    3. Basic useful expressions
  2. Basic Sentence Structure
    1. The masu of verbs
    2. Negative, present and past
    3. Forming questions
    4. Relational de and o
  3. Predicates
    1. Noun subjects + ga + predicate
    2. Dare, donata
    3. Arimasu and imasu
  4. Katakana and Hiragana
    1. Reading and writing hiragana
    2. Reading and writing katagana
    3. Transcribing romaji to both
  5. Relationals
    1. Ga, o, wa
    2. To, o
    3. De and ni
  6. Adjectives
    1. Use of no
    2. I and na adjectives, affirmative and negative, present and past
    3. Kono, sono, ano, dono D. Kore, sore, are, dore
  7. Probability and Wish Forms of Verbs
    1. Tai, takatta desu forms
    2. Takunai, taku nakatta forms
    3. Mashoo, deshoo forms
  8. Counting
    1. Telling time
    2. Counter mai
    3. Chinese vs. Japanese numbers
  9. Review
    1. Relation between Japanese society and language
    2. Preparation for final examination

Suggested Reading Other Than Required Textbook

Students will have to read level appropriate short stories.

Examples of Required Writing Assignments

Students will have to write an essay describing themselves and their family members.

Examples of Outside Assignments

Students will have to watch Japanese movies and documentaries and then write a summary of what they have seen. Students will conduct a series of on line oral and listening comprehension exercises.

Instruction Type(s)

Lecture, Online Education Lecture

IGETC Area 6: Languages other than English