This course is a web-based post-advanced Japanese course that provides further language instruction for those who have completed AP/JP3000 6.0 (or AS/JP3000 6.0) at York University or an equivalent other equivalent course at other institutions, or those who have acquired comparable knowledge of the Japanese language elsewhere. The knowledge assumed consists of the basic [simple sentence based], intermediate [complex sentence based] and advanced [paragraph based] grammar, general and semi-specialized vocabulary, communicative competence enhanced by various sociolinguistic and pragmatic information, and two Kana systems and Kyooiku Kanji [881 Education Characters].
In this course, students are expected to put their acquired
knowledge and competence to use. Activities such as
interpretation, translation, summarization, discussion, debate and
web presentation will enable students to become familiar with
various topics and use a wide variety of Japanese materials
independently. This course requires rather heavy preparation, and
many assignments are given. As this is the fourth year course in
the Japanese Program, students are encouraged to improve their
performance by recognizing their own weaknesses and overcoming
them. This course is ideal also for those who need a remedial
Japanese course to improve their performance. Kaitee Jooyoo Kanji 'Revised
Chinese characters for daily use' (2136) will be targeted
(passive recognition included). No textbook is used, and all the
instructional materials including self-study materials are
available on the web site. Technology Enhanced Learning [TEL] is
used to enhance students' further acquisition of the language.
Upon completion of this course students should be able to engage
themselves in sophisticated communicative activities involving
various speech acts and tasks such as presentation, summarization,
interpretation and extensive discussions, understand TV programs
and films, read books, newspapers and magazines, and write
reviews, summaries, essays and letters.
A grade of at least "B" in AP/JP3000 6.0 (or AS/JP3000 6.0) or equivalent background is strongly recommended. Students who have not taken AP/JP3000 6.0 (or AS/JP3000 6.0) must write an on-line placement test and arrange an interview with the staff before registration [contact Norio Ota - email@example.com].
PACE & COVERAGEP
The course is semi-intensive in nature and performance and
activity based: roughly within two weeks one main reading material
and 50 new Kanji will be covered. Approximately 1000 Kanji
will be added to the 881 covered in AP/JP1000 6.0
(or AS/JP1000 6.), AP/JP2000 6.0
(or AS/JP2000 6.0) and AP/JP3000 6.0
(or AS/JP3000 6.0). Kaitee Jooyoo Kanji [Revised
Chinese Characters for Daily Use (2136)] will be targeted.
Text reading; readings in unannotated original essays and articles on current issues taken from periodicals; interpretation, translation, summarization and discussion based on a wide variety of Japanese materials. Viewing DVD films helps students further develop their listening comprehension. Extensive use of the Internet and computer-based materials for presentations and assignments.
FORMAT Four class hours per week; rather heavy preparation and assignments. Each class will be conducted in seminar style in order to enhance students' active and creative participation. Students are expected to be familiar with current affairs through reading newspapers and watching online TV news for discussion. Technology Enhanced Learning [TEL] work.
TESTS, ASSIGNMENTS & QUIZZES:Tests [online - Moodle] - 40%; Oral assignments - 20%; Quizzes and written assignments - 20%; Essay - 10%; Attendance and participation - 10%.
HOW TO STUDY: Students will learn how best to utilize the acquired knowledge and competence. Rather than linguistic forms more attention should be paid to content. Developing the use of sophisticated vocabulary through reading will also assist speaking about various topics. The degree of authenticity of utterances and writings should increase based on careful examination of texts and expressions characteristic of Japanese. Thus, switching back and forth between English and Japanese [not literal translation] in explaining ideas and describing events is a very useful strategy. In reading students should become familiar with typical text structures, so that they will be able to predict the course of events and to capture presupposition and hidden intention. Developing an extensive knowledge of Kanji-based vocabulary will help all the four skill areas. Stylistic differences in different genre will be focused on.
In reading Japanese materials, it is helpful to itemize the contents and remember them. For listening comprehension develop a strategy for understanding the gist of each text and gradually try to increase more detailed information. The use of a little more sophisticated vocabulary is required in various activities. Students will learn to use vocabulary learned in reading in conversation, discussion and presentation, so that they will be able to express abstract and complicated ideas. Learning about Japan by extensive reading should also help students understand the Japanese psyche and perceptions.
New Kanji characters learned are constantly reinforced by repetition in various materials. Students must spend much time for learning them. Targeting the ones most difficult to remember would be helpful, and paying attention to newspaper articles that deal with Japan for topics of conversation. Current affairs are always good topics.
Please refer to the grading scheme given below.
WARNING & SANCTION
Students who missed the class three times consecutively without any reasonable explanation to the instructor may receive a warning, and if attendance does not improve immediately, further action may be taken by the course director.
Academic dishonesty such as cheating and plagiarism will be penalized severely according to the university regulations. Those who are accepted to this course provisionally may receive recommendation from the instructor as to whether or not s/he should continue the course.
As for general questions and problems please feel free to consult your instructor. However, please observe office hours; otherwise make an appointment. Time-consuming questions and individual questions should be addressed during the office hours.
IN-CLASS POLICIES* Any form of abuse, physical, psychological, or verbal, will not be tolerated.
Your interim grade will be provided by the end of January, 2017. If you should decide to drop the course, the deadline is February 10, 2017
Ontario Japanese Speech Contest
The annual Ontario Japanese Speech Contest will be held at the beginning of March. Third year students are eligible for the intermediate category. York students have been doing extremely well in the past. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in this event.
National Japanese Speech Contest
The first prize winners of the regional speech contests are eligible to compete in the Canada-wide National Japanese Speech Contest to be held at the end of March.
The Japanese Language Proficiency Test
The Japanese Language Proficiency Test is hosted by and held at York University on the first Sunday of December. Students are strongly encouraged to take part in the test.
There are opportunities to apply for scholarships sponsored by the Japanese Government.
The one-year exchange programs with Meiji
University in Tokyo, Dokkyo
University in Saitama, Keio
Gakuin University in Tokyo and Nagoya University
in Nagoya are available for those who (will) have completed
AP/JP3000 6.0 (or AS/JP3000 6.0) with good standing not only in
Japanese but also in GPA [B or above]. Applicants must apply to York International and
be recommended by the selection committee through an interview and
a test. Up to three students are recommended per institution
annually. Official inter-university exchange students may be
eligible for JASSO
[Japan Student Services Organization] scholarship.
The job prospects in Japan-related areas look very promising not only in Canada and the U.S. but also in Japan. The JET [Japan Exchange and Teaching] Program, which is sponsored by the Japanese Government, gives opportunities to work in Japan as either an assistant English language teacher [ALT] at a local school or a co-ordinator for international relations [CIR] at a local government office. Consult with the Japan Information Centre [ph. (416)363-5488] for further information.
Internship/Co-op (full-time internship) programs
Summer internship and Co-op
positions might be available at Mitsui and Co., Canada in
Toronto. Please consult with the faculty of the Japanese Section.
CALL [Computer-Assisted Language Learning]
Multimedia Language Centre [MLC: S117 Ross]
Every student must activate his/her E-mail account as soon as possible in order to log in at MLC.
Students in jp4000 will be automatically put on the jp4000 list
above. Only York addresses are used.
Nihongo list has been set up to improve communication among students and instructors by exchanging ideas and information, posting questions, announcing special events, and discussing issues. Every student must be on the lists. To subscribe to the lists, send the following messages:subscribe nihongo (E-mail address) [E-mail address is necessary only when you use a non-York account.]
E-Pal [E-mail Penpaling] Program (not confirmed)
Students might be involved in E-mail communication in Japanese with students in Japan.
Please check one of the Japanese Web Sites regularly for new
% GRADE POINTS EVALUATION 100 - 95 A+ 9 EXCEPTIONAL 94 - 89 A 8 EXCELLENT 88 - 83 B+ 7 VERY GOOD 82 - 77 B 6 GOOD 76 - 71 C+ 5 COMPETENT 70 - 65 C 4 FAIRLY COMPETENT 64 - 59 D+ 3 PASSING 58 - 53 D 2 BARELY PASSING 52 - 47 E 1 MARGINALLY FAILING 46 - 0 F 0 FAILINGYour final grade will be given based on the above grading scheme.