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Japanese is Back

Albion College offers introductory and intermediate Japanese courses, which focus on linguistic skills as well as cultural understanding of Japanese people and society. Between classroom instruction and cultural activities outside the classroom, students have ample opportunity to participate in frequent, real-time language practice. These activities can focus on many different aspects of Japanese language and culture, such as calligraphy, movies, cooking, martial arts, anime, etc.

To see some photos of this past year's activities, please visit our Facebook page.

Meet Takashi Miki! 

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Takashi is originally from Osaka, Japan. After studying linguistics as an undergradute at Kobe University, he worked as a Japanese government official in Tokyo and at the Japanese embassy in Seoul Korea, for several years. At the same time, he went to graduate school and majored in Japanese pedagogy and Korean pedagogy. After completing two master's degrees, he stayed in the U.S. for two years and taught Japanese at an elementary school that has a Japanese immersion program in Charlotte, North Carolina. He went back to South Korea to teach Japanese and to work on his doctoral dissertation on Korean pedagogy. He has returned to the U.S. to work on his teaching career, and he is very excited to bring Japanese courses back to Albion College. Takashi enjoys running and took first place in a St. Louis, Missouri, 5K race. His Japanese classmates celebrated his win with a cake decorated with "The Fastest Man in St. Louis." Although it was a very local and small event, he was still happy to be "No.1."

 

Elementary Japanese Courses

JAPN 101 - Global Studies

Section 1: MWF 9:15 - 10:05 a.m.

This course is designed for students who will study Japanese for the first time at the college level. In this course, you will acquire skills in elementary-level speaking, listening, reading, and writing of modern Japanese. Weekly tutorials that meet in addition to class will focus on reviewing material presented in class as well as learning about Japanese culture.

By the end of the semester, you will be able to:

  • Read and Write hiragana and katakana characters.
  • Ask and understand basic information.
  • Describe people's daily routines.

This course will also integrate Japanese tangible culture such as food, music, and art with each language lesson.

JAPN 102

Section 1: MWF 10:30 - 11:35 a.m.

This course is an interdisciplinary communicative Japanese language class aiming at the improvement of four basic skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. This course will cover a range of topics and situations where students will cary out conversations in a meaningful way. The aims of this course are not only to enhance the linguistic abilities of the students but also to increase awarness of different cultural values in light of their own. This course will intergrate Japanese tangible pop-culture, such as food, music, and art with the language lesson in the most effective way.

If you have any questions about the Japanese program and courses, please e-mail the Modern Languages and Cultures Department at .

For a list of courses being offered this semester, please visit the Registrar's Web site.

Courses

JAPANESE 101:  Elementary Japanese

This course is designed for students who will study Japanese for the first time at the college level.  In this course, you will acquire skills in elementary-level speaking, listening, reading, and writing of modern Japanese.  In addition, this course deepens your understanding and knowledge of Japanese culture.  Emphasis is on ability to communicate and function in Japanese accurately and appropriately, both in speech and writing.  By the end of the semester, you will be able to:

1)  Read and Write hiragana and katakana characters.

2)  Ask and understand basic information.

3)  Describe people's daily routines.

Learning Materials:

Genki I: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Vol. I (Textbook)

Genki I: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Vol. I (Workbook)     


JAPANESE 201:  Intermediate Japanese

This course is a comprehensive program designed to be a logical continuation of the first year
Japanese program at Albion College. This course is an interdisciplinary communicative language class aiming at the improvement of four basic skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students will learn more kanji to enhance their reading and writing skills. This course will introduce a variety of speech patterns. Students will learn appropriate time, place, and occasions to use these expressions. This course will be the integration of language learning with discussions on different values and beliefs as well as tangible culture, such as Japanese "kabuki" and "Noh."


JAPANESE 301:  Upper Intermediate Japanese

This course will pick up where Japanese 202 left off and continue to build upon the grammar and vocabulary learned. The goal in this course is to reach a high level of proficiency in Japanese so that students are functional in conversation and can appropriately respond to different situations. Much emphasis will be placed upon producing conversation and expanding the vocabulary used in short and long sentences. Classes will also be dedicated to writing short and long, complex sentences. Weekly tutorials that meet in addition to class will focus on reviewing material presented in class as well as learning more about Japanese culture.

Learning Materials:

Genki II: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Vol. 2 (Textbook)

Genk II: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Vol. 2 (Workbook)

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