DEPARTMENT OF LANGUAGES, LITERATURES AND LINGUISTICS [DLLL]
AP/JP1000 6.0 ELEMENTARY MODERN STANDARD JAPANESE[cat# E55Q02 ~ E55Q10]
GENERAL GUIDELINES: 2017-2018COURSE
This is a comprehensive beginner's level Japanese
language course enhanced with a modular approach and
technology. It provides those who have no knowledge, or
minimum knowledge of the Japanese language with the
basic training and information concerning the language,
culture, and society. To learn Japanese in the context
of cross-cultural communication is one of the
main objectives. The communicative-empathic approach
enhances each learner's communicative competence and
performance. The course is fully web-based: no textbook
is used, all the instructional materials are available
on-line, the modular approach strengthens the four-skill
areas synergistically with enriched information and
materials, tests are on-line via Moodle, and lectures
and one of the tutorials are video-streamed for
real-time participation (distance education mode) and
Students are expected to study the self-study
interactive materials on the web, whenever and wherever
they have access to the Internet. Self-study materials
have been developed and made available for
students to review and study ahead to ensure that they
do not forget what they have learned and prepare for the
next-level courses during the summer and winter
holidays. Needless to say, students are encouraged to
proceed to the next level, but this course is designed
to be self-contained and partially for general education
purposes, so that it accommodates those who may not
continue to study Japanese further as well. The class
atmosphere is very congenial and anxiety-free because
students with various backgrounds study together.
DEGREE: required for the honours minor degree in
PACE & COVERAGE
The course is semi-intensive in nature and moves fast: one lesson per week. Twenty lessons of the Lecture Notes will be completed and the two Kana systems and 120 Kanji [Sino-Japanese characters] will be introduced.
TESTS, ASSIGNMENTS & QUIZZES
Four written tests are scheduled for six to seven lessons of the Lecture Notes, each of which contains the relevant reading and writing material. Four oral assignments will be given: two in each term, and short written quizzes will be administered regularly according to the schedule. 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 a test or quiz, you may be asked by the instructor to leave. These policies are observed stringently.
The Tuesday lectures will cover most of the important
grammatical items, the relevant background information,
and socio-cultural and cross-cultural aspects of
communication. The information provided will facilitate
the needs of those who may visit Japan in the near
future. The Lecture Notes is available at the
Japanese web site for students to have a quick overview
of the focal points of each lesson. It is augmented by
new information, up-to-date explanations and examples,
and practical, usable items. Video-streamed lectures are
available on the web for distance education format and
review. Video files are available on the web to augment
information on culture and society.
tutorials per week. Students engage in active
communicative interactions to put knowledge into
practice in tutorials.
The following are useful rules of thumb.
* Be well prepared for the class. You are expected to
have done the self-study materials for each lesson
before you come to class.
COURSE OUTLINE & SYLLABUS
Please obtain the course outline and syllabus for your tutorial from the following sites.
Please copy the Lecture Notes from the Japanese web site.
Tests [online - Moodle] - 50%;
Oral assignments - 25%;
Quizzes - 15%;
Class attendance and
participation - 10%.
WARNING & SANCTION
Students who have missed class three consecutive times without any reasonable explanation to the instructor, and those whose absence is frequent 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 university regulations.
* Any form of abuse, physical, psychological, or
verbal, will not be tolerated.
CONSULTATION & ADVISING
As for general questions and problems please feel free
to consult your instructor. Please observe office
hours; otherwise make an appointment.
Time-consuming questions and individual questions should
be addressed during the office hours. Inquiries by
E-mail should be kept minimal. Do not expect your
instructor to reply to your inquiries on the weekend.
Last date to enroll without permission of course
Your interim grade will be provided by the end of January, 2018. If you should decide to drop the course, the deadline is February 9, 2018.
Language study involves not only passive aspects [memorization, recitation, drills, pattern practice and so forth] but also active and creative aspects [analysis and comprehension of what is said or written, synthesis of what is learned, and communicative application of the language in actual situations]. In this course communicative aspects are strongly emphasized so that students will be able to function in actual conversation. Therefore, tutorials will not be conducted in such a way that the instructor gives lectures and drills and the students respond to him/her, but instead the students are encouraged to interact with both the instructor and other students in the class in actual communication [active participation]. Those who are not familiar with this type of individualistic, heuristic, and creative language study are expected to modify their views and learning strategies.
HOW TO STUDY
There is no one way to acquire a language; every person
has a different learning style and strategy. Try out
various ways and find the best method and system for you
as soon as possible. The following are some suggestions.
* Informal get-together may be organized by
volunteer students [you included] who are studying
* Summer internship positions at Mitsui &
Co. (Canada) Ltd. are available in Toronto (on-the-job
CALL [Computer-Assisted Language Learning] / TEL [Technology Enhanced Learning]
Multimedia Language Centre [MLC: S117 Ross]
MLC provides PC lab sessions. All these sessions are on
a walk-in and first-come-first-served basis. Orientation
Students are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with Moodle and the word processing program.
Every student must activate the York E-mail account as
soon as possible in order to log in at MLC and for the
Registered students are automatically on one of the following tutorial lists (York E-mail accounts only). Please check your E-mail on a regular basis.
Nihongo E-mail discussion and information list
An automated E-mail list called Nihongo is set
up to improve communication among students and
instructors by exchanging ideas and information, posting
questions, announcing special events, and discussing
issues. Please subscribe to it in the following way.
GRADING SCHEME (Please note that the grading
scheme is different from the one for the university.)
% 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. A grade of "B" or above is strongly recommended to advance to the next level, although "C" is the minimum requirement. Please note that the grading percentages are set higher than in the standard York grading scheme, because 10% of the total grade is allocated for attendance and participation.
Please note that fractions are not rounded up. [e.g. 70.99% is considered C, and 71.00% is C+.]
Professor Kiyoko Toratani
office: South 546 Ross Building
phone: (416)736-2100 x20766