This course introduces a new approach to Kobun 'Classical Japanese'. It adopts TEL (Technology Enhanced Learning) in addition to the traditional text reading through learning the classical Japanese grammar and vocabulary. Students will view Kyogen and Noh plays on DVDs, so that they develop knowledge of classical Japanese audio-visually as well. One or two external lectures are scheduled via video-conferencing. Self-study materials are available on the web to assist students in more effective preparation and review. In order to gradually orient students into classical Japanese text, the course starts with gikobun 'semi-classical text' written in the Meiji Era. Students will also learn to play a traditional game by learning Ogura Hyakunin Isshu '100 poems by 100 poets'. Students also learn haiku poetry and experiment on creating their own poems. This course touches on kanbun 'Transiteration from Chinese to Japanese'. Students will take advantage of materials and information available on the Internet. The main objective of this course is to familiarize students with classical Japanese, kanbun, semi-classical Japanese text, and to understand traditional Japanese culture transcended through its history. This course also helps students understand modern Japanese further.
A grade of at least "B" in AP/JP3000 6.0 or an equivalent background is strongly recommended, although "C" is the minimum requirement. Students who have not taken AP/JP3000.06 but have studied Japanese elsewhere must arrange an interview with the staff before registration. [Call 736-5016] Students may take this course while taking AP/JP3000 6.0 with the instructor's permission.
PACE & COVERAGE
The course is semi-intensive in nature and rather demanding. In addition to the main reading materials, supplementary reading, translation, presentation and discussion sessions are scheduled.
TESTS, ASSIGNMENTS & QUIZZES
Two major written tests are scheduled. Translation assignments are scheduled ona regular basis. One major assignment involves translation and web presentation.
No make-ups except in case of emergency such as severe illness [supported by a medical certificate], automobile accidents, death in the family [a letter is required from an appropriate person], and other similar situations. If you miss a test or quiz without any reasonable explanation, you will receive a grade of zero. Written assignments must be handed in by the due day. No late assignments will be accepted except in case of emergency stated above. If you come in too late for the test or quiz, you may be asked by the instructor to leave. These policies are observed stringently.
Each class will be conducted in a seminar style in order to enhance students' active and creative participation and involvement. Students are strongly encouraged to take the initiative in communicative interactions in class. Use of the Internet and other IT-based materials and facilities is strongly encouraged to enhance learning about culture and society of Japan. External lectures are scheduled via video-conferencing.
No textbook is used. Please purchase a dictionary of classical Japanese. All other materials are either provided or printed from the Japanese web site. The amount of $10 is included in the tuition to cover the cost of the supplementary reading materials and of other copied materials.
HOW TO STUDY
Classical Japanese is quite different from the modern standard Japanese in grammar and vocabulary. Although most courses on calssical Japanese focus on grammar, but in this course a more holistic approach is desirable. Classical Japanese gives us a tool to communicate with people in the past. Hence, it is very important to learn about social and cultural background of the time when the text was written. Take advantage of TEL (Technology Enhanced Learning] facilities, the Internet and multimedia software available on campus.
% 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 FAILING46 - 0 F 0 FAILING
Academic dishonesty such as cheating and plagiarism will be penalized severely according to university regulations. Those who are accepted to this course provisionally may receive a recommendation from the instructor as to whether or not s/he should continue the course.
* Any form of abuse, physical, psychological, or verbal, will not be tolerated.
* 'Political Correctness' should be adhered to as a guiding principle.
* Private talking should be kept minimal.
* Cellular phones and pagers must be turned off except for emergency situations.
*Only drinks are allowed, no eating or chewing gum.
Every student must activate his/her E-mail account as soon as possible in order to log in at MLC and Mac Lab. Please refer to the following Web site to find out how to get an E-mail account. [Manage My Services]
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