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Japanese 311/312

​ Japanese 311  Advanced Readings in Japanese 

Instructor:  Rieko Wagoner  (Seabury 03  x2434)

Class Time:  T/Th 10:50-12:05  

Course materials:  distributed in class

Reference material:  Japanese-English dictionary

Romanized Japanese version may be convenient in some cases, but you will be looking up Japanese words, the pronunciation of which is most likely given.  Most of dictionaries available in bookstores are fine.  English-Japanese dictionaries are not necessary but will be useful eventually.  The following titles are commonly used.

  Webster’s New World Japanese Dictionary: J-E/E-J,


  Random House J-E E-J Dictionary, Ramdom House

  New Collegiate Japanese English Dictionary, Kenkyusha

Or on-line dictionary

  Denshi jisho

  WWWJDIC Word Search

Course objective:

This course focuses on developing student’s skills in reading in more advanced level of grammatical and lexical content.  Students will keep building their vocabulary, patterns and kanji  as we read longer passages drawn from various materials and develop sentence analysis strategies while increasing the speed in reading.

Course overview and expectations:

Full attendance is a must.  Since there are only two meetings a week, which have to cover a great amount of material each, missing even one day will set you way back.  Do not count on catching up by coming to my office hours.

Secondly, you must attend all class meetings fully prepared. Unless a vocab. list is provided along with the text, you need to look up all the new vocabulary in a dictionary prior to a class meeting, in which we will read the material together and learn new grammatical points.

In class, each student will be assigned to lead the reading session in turn.  There will be study guides for each of the reading materials, which include 1) a list of kanji that you are responsible for, 2) a list of grammatical patterns, and 3) questions for comprehension.    As part of the preparation for your class, study all these lists as well as you can.

For review work after each meeting, go over the patterns to create your own example sentences and write up answers for the comprehension questions.  You have to incorporate new vocabulary as much as possible.  Also, you are expected to use all the kanji you have learned so far.  You will turn the pattern sheets in for feedback. As each unit is covered, there will be a quiz to test you on the new kanji , patterns and the content of the unit.

For the final reading (TBA), you will be assigned to create course materials on your own for class presentation: a vocab. list, kanji list, sentence analysis and annotation and translation – all with consultation with the teacher. There will be no term exams.  Your final grade will be calculated from the results of quizzes, participation, homework, and the final project.

Even though the primary goal of the course is on reading skills, you are highly encouraged to speak in Japanese.  Memorize the common classroom phrases below, and make yourself use these at all times in class.


Japanese 312  Spoken Japanese  

Instructor:  Rieko Wagoner (Seabury 003 x2434)

Class time:  TBA

Office Hours:  TBA

Course materials: to be distributed in class

 (Make sure you have a designated binder for this course.)

Reference material:  English-Japanese/Japanese-English dictionary

Course Description:

This course is designed to enhance students’ speaking and listening skills in Japanese by achieving specific goals through rigorous training both in and outside of classroom.  You are required to memorize and practice given sets of vocabulary, expressions and speech strategies in each unit and will be tested accordingly.

There will be so much material to be covered, and students are expected to be on top of all the materials.  First, full attendance is a must.  Secondly, you must attend the class fully prepared – assigned vocabulary and patterns memorized, exercises done, and ready to participate in class discussion.  In each of the units, students will make a 5-10 minute presentation either in class or outside to be tested on your oral skills.

Visual materials will be viewed mostly in class. This makes it imperative that you are present in class at the time of viewing and that you pay very close attention to the material.

You are also expected to attend the weekly Japanese Language Table held in Mather.

Your final grade is accumulation of your attendance (10%), class participation and preparedness (20%), the oral tests (40%), and the amount and the quality of your performances (20%) of assigned class presentations.  Furthermore, there will be the final oral test on the film we will view in class (10%).  The details will be discussed later. Be mindful that this is an academic course, not a conversation practice session, and thus you are evaluated on how well you have digested and mastered the given course material, rather than what you already have.