DEPARTMENT OF LANGUAGES, LITERATURES AND LINGUISTICS [DLLL]
AS/JP2000 6.0 INTERMEDIATE MODERN STANDARD JAPANESE[cat# A: V02B01 B: Z49K01]
GENERAL GUIDELINES: 2017-2018COURSE
This course is to provide intermediate level language instruction for those who have completed the first year Japanese AP/JP1000 6.0 (or AS/JP1000 6.0) at York University, an equivalent course at other institutions, or those who have acquired comparable knowledge of the Japanese language elsewhere [e.g. high school credit course]. Eligible students can perform simple communicative tasks in the four-skill areas (speaking, listening, reading and writing) with basic [mainly simple sentence based] grammar, basic vocabulary, various sociolinguistic aspects, approximately 120 Kanji and two Kana systems, and good knowledge of Japanese culture and society.
The main focus of this course is on the communicative
aspects of language use. The modular approach enhances the four skill
areas - situation and task oriented conversation,
strategy-centred comprehension [listening and
reading] and structure-based writing are
involved with emphasis on complex sentence
structures. The grammatical component will be developed
particularly with regards to three major processes for
creation of complex sentences: use of subordinate
clauses, relative clauses, and complementation.
Listening comprehension will be enhanced by viewing
video tapes. The topics and situations of conversation
will be centred around daily university life. Synergy, Empathy and
Communicative Approach are the guiding
principles for language instructions. The course is
fully web-based: no textbook is used, all the
instructional materials are available on the web,
including self-study interactive materials, tests are
on-line via Moodle, and entire classes are
video-streamed for real-time participation (distance
education format) and review.
Upon completion of this course, with the help of dictionaries, students should be able to function in daily extended conversational situations such as self-introduction, finding out necessary information, making an appointment, explaining future plans, and negotiating, understand short TV programs, read and write short paragraphs on simple topics.
A grade of "B" in AP/JP1000 6.0 (or AS/JP1000 6.0) or an equivalent background is strongly recommended to enrol in this course. Students who have not taken AP/JP1000 6.0 (or AS/JP1000 6.0) but have studied Japanese elsewhere must write the placement test before registration. [Call (416)736-5016]
PACE & COVERAGE
The course is semi-intensive in nature and moves quite fast: six hours per lesson. Fourteen lessons in the Lecture Notes will be completed. Approximately 480 Kanji will be covered including the 120 introduced in AP/JP1000 6.0 (or AS/JP1000 6.0).
TESTS, ASSIGNMENTS & QUIZZES
Three on-line written tests via Moodle are scheduled, which are based on lessons of the Lecture Notes and the corresponding reading and writing lessons. The on-site essay with Moodle will be based on the web presentation. Oral and written assignments, including a short web presentation, will be given regularly according to the schedule. Short Kanji quizzes will be administered regularly as well. 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.
LECTURES & TUTORIALS
For every lesson of the Lecture Notes a short seminar-type lecture will be given in reference to the important grammatical items and the relevant information. Then the dialogues and writing will be introduced. In these lectures, some socio-linguistic, pragmatic, and cross-cultural information will be provided to facilitate those who may visit Japan in the near future. Lecture Notes, Intermediate Conversation, and Intermediate Writing are available on the Japanese web page to help students understand various important and difficult items. They are regularly augmented by new information, up-to-date explanations and examples, and practical, usable items. Occasionally video tapes will be shown to enhance comprehension of the points at issue. Attendance is mandatory and is checked every time.
Students are expected to engage in active communicative interactions in tutorials.
The following are useful rules:
* Make sure that you are well prepared for the class
Please print out the Lecture Notes from the Japanese web site.
Please refer to the grading scheme given on the
separate sheet. An overall grade of "B" is
strongly recommended to advance to AP/JP3000
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. Those who are accepted to this course provisionally may receive a recommendation from the instructor as to whether s/he should continue the course or not.
IN-CLASS POLICIES* 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 (water and soft drinks) are allowed, no eating or chewing gum.
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 office hours. E-mail inquiries
should be kept minimal. Do not expect your instructor to
respond to your inquiries on the weekend.
Last date to enroll with permission of course instructor: October 18, 2017
Your interim grade will be provided by the end of January 2017. 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 kind of individualistic, heuristic, and creative language study will need to change their views and learning strategies very fast.
HOW TO STUDY
There is no one way to study language that is good for every one; 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.
* Good preparation and review are very important.
Always read the explanation of the textbook and the Lecture
Notes in order to familiarize yourself with the
* Try to use what you have learned in the class and
elsewhere in your own way. Repeating the utterances
presented on the web alone is not sufficient. Think of
* In recitation and drills always be aware of what
you are saying with what kind of feeling and for what
purpose. Automatic recitation without knowing what
* Do not try to review everything at once. You will not
have time to go back to review all the lessons covered.
A steady accumulation of the knowledge and use of
* Make use of weekends for review. When you review,
focus on the items difficult to understand, and make
sure you understand all the important items involved in
* Study with your friends in your class and if you
should miss a class, make sure you get all the
information from the video-streamed classes. Oral
* Take advantage of IT and the available facilities and
software to enhance language acquisition. Work on the
self-study materials on the web whenever and
* Informal get-together may be organized by volunteer
students [you included] who are studying Japanese at
York University so that students will be able to get to
* Various cultural events are planned and organized by the Japanese International Students' Association of York University [JISA], of which you can be a member.
* The annual Ontario
Japanese Speech Contest will be held at
the beginning of March. Second year students are
eligible for the Intermediate Category. York
* The Japanese
Test is hosted by and held at York University on
the first Sunday of December annually. Students are
strongly encouraged to
* Japan related exhibitions, film showing, demonstrations, and similar events are easily accessible in Toronto.
* If students continue to study Japanese further, there
are opportunities for third and fourth year students to
apply for scholarships sponsored by the Japanese
* The one-year exchange programs with Meiji
University in Toky, Dokkyo
University in Saitama, Keio University,
* Advanced knowledge of Japanese can further facilitate
your academic career (International MBA programs, East
Asian Studies, Teaching of Japanese as a
* The JET
[Japan Exchange and Teaching] Program, which is
sponsored by the Japanese Government, gives
opportunities to work in Japan as either an assistant
* A summer
internship program is available in Toronto
sponsored by Mitsui Canada Co. Ltd.
CALL [Computer-Assisted Language Learning]
Every student has to activate MLC account as soon as
possible in order to log in in MLC. Please visit the
above site for the instruction.
Course E-mail Lists
(YorkU accounts only)
An E-mail list called Nihongo has been 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 the list. You can send the following message:
subscribe nihongo (E-mail address)[E-mail address is
required for non-York account.]
% GRADE POINTS EVALUATIONYour 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 grading scheme because 10% of the
total grade is allocated for class/lab attendance and