Japanese Studies Program @ York
AP/JP1000 6.0 ELEMENTARY MODERN STANDARD JAPANESE[cat#R10Y02 ~R10Y13] Web Moodle
GENERAL GUIDELINES: 2021-2022COURSE
This is a comprehensive beginner's level Japanese
language course enhanced with information 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
are video-streamed for real-time participation (distance
education mode) and for review. 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
ONLINE & IN-CLASS
The lectures (throughout the year) and tutorials 1, 2, 3, 6 , 7, 10 and 11 (Fall Term and/or Winter Term) will take place online and remotely with Zoom and Moodle. Tutorials 4, 5, 8, and 9 will meet in class.
Students who participate in online classes via video conferencing are required to have a stable high-speed Internet connection and a computer with webcam and microphone, and/or a smart device with these features.
Following are some useful links for student computing information, resources and help:
Computing for Students Website
Student Guide to eLearning at York University
Student Guide to Moodle
Zoom@YorkU User Reference Guide
TESTS, ASSIGNMENTS & QUIZZES
- Four tests on Moodle
- Oral presentations
- In-class Moodle quizzes
- Written homework assignments are to be submitted on Moodle
Note: 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. Any failure in online Internet connection must be substantiated with a photo that indicates the incident. 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. Should students miss a test, oral assignment, or homework due to inevitable circumstances (e.g., medical emergency), they are required to notify their instructor within 24 hours and provide her with written proof (e.g., doctor’s note), in order for them to be rescheduled.These policies are observed stringently.
Video-streamed real-time lectures with an assistant to check questions via chat.
Please check the attendance every time (available only during the lecture hour).
Attendance is mandatory and counted toward final grades.
Attendance is mandatory.
CONSULTATION & ADVISING
E-office hours. Each instructor will set up E-office hours via Zoom.
Informal virtual get-together
JLPT 2021 is cancelled due to COVID-19.
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.
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
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] - 30%; Oral assignments - 30%; Other assignments, Quiz, and HW
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
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
Japanese at York University
FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES* Monbu-Kagaku-shoo Scholarships are available for third and fourth year students sponsored by the Japanese Government.
* The one-year exchange programs are available with Meiji University in Tokyo, Dokkyo University in Saitama,
Keio University, Waseda University in Tokyo, Nagoya University in Nagoya, Hitotsubashi University and
Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo are mainly for those who have completed AP/JP3000 6.0 (or AS/JP3000 6.0)
or AP/JP4000 6.0 (or AS/JP4000 6.0) with good standing not only in Japanese but also in GPA [B or above].
Applicants must apply to York International and go through the selection procedure (tests and interviews).
Up to three students are recommended per institution annually. Official inter-university exchange students may be eligible
for JASSO[Japan Student Services Organization] scholarship. Some universities allow students to start either in April or
September. Please consult with the York International.
* Advanced knowledge of Japanese can further facilitate your academic career such as International MBA programs,
East Asian Studies, Teaching of Japanese as a Foreign Language, etc.
* 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 at a local school [ALT] or a coordinator for international
relations [CIR] at a local government office. Consult with the Japan Information Centre [ph.(416)363-5488] for further
CALL [Computer-Assisted Language Learning] / TEL [Technology Enhanced Learning]
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
% 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+.]
Office: South 532 Ross Building
Phone: (416)736-2100 x88750 (office)