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JAPANESE 2Z03 Interm. Intensive Japanese I (C01)

Academic Year: Fall 2019

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Sonomi Iwata-Consul


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 511A

Phone: 905-525-9140 x

Office Hours: Monday 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Course Objectives:

This course aims to further expand spoken and written discourse skills in Japanese for students who have completed the beginners’ intensive Japanese 1Z06 or who have passed JLPT N5. It emphasizes advanced beginners’ level grammar, kanji scripts, and oral communication skills. Aspects of Japanese people and society will also be discussed in the context of language learning to further understand Japanese grammar. Active participation in class is strongly encouraged.


Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, successful students should be able to:


1. achieve the Japanese language proficiency equivalent to the Level N3~4 of Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) which requires 1500 (N4) to 3700 (N3) vocabulary words and 300 (N4) to 650 (N3) kanji (Chinese characters). You have learned approximately 1500 vocabulary items, 200 kanji 130 grammar structures in the previous course. This course will expand your vocabulary items to 2000, kanji to 400, and the grammar structures to 200. Students will write quizzes/exams to review and test their learning outcome.


2. appropriately use Japanese language structures in advanced beginners’ level in Japanese society. Students will use their learning outcomes by writing short essays or short messages and post them using Social Networking Services (SNS) by voice recording. The short essay and feedback on SNS will be assessed.


 3. achieve communicative competency in Japanese by listening to audio files or music, watching movies, speaking with peers, using SNS to publish messages and responses, and reading short stories and dialogue. Students will be often encouraged to communicate appropriately (casually and formally) in Japanese about general topics inside and outside of the class. Students will role-play or film 3 minutes dialogue to be evaluated communicative competency.


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

1. Kijima, Hiromi, et. al. (2014).  Marugoto. Japanese Language and Culture. Elementary 2 A2.

2. Kijima, Hiromi, et. al. (2015).  Marugoto. Japanese Language and Culture. Pre-Intermediate A2/B1.

3. Sonomi Iwata-Consul. (2019). Lecture Notes for Japanese 2Z03.  (Available on A2L)

4. Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) level N3 – N4


Method of Assessment:





Participation, Portfolios, SNS comments & messages, etc.




10 Short Essays




5 Online Quizzes




3-minute Role-Play or Film in Pairs


Final Exam


2-hour Exams in December


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:


Participating in class regularly is essential to improve your language skills and proficiencies. Please make every effort to attend class. Your participation will be recorded with your initial on a paper passing around in class. You can submit a MSAF when you miss a class.



You will write 10 short essays and then post them on Social Networking Service (SNS) to receive comments from your peers and friends. First, you will write a short essay on “Sakubun Worksheet”, then you will read it loud in Japanese to re-write your short essay on SNS with voice recognition tool.  You have to give at least 3 feedback on each topic of your peer’s essay on SNS. Your essays will be evaluated according to the rubric by a peer first, and then by the instructor. When you gave excellent feedback and review on your peer’s essay, you will receive bonus mark. If you miss the deadline, your mark for assignment will be deducted 10% each day. Students filing MSAFs for assignments will be required to submit the work with a three day grace period.



You will complete a small quiz online every other week outside of the class to test your understanding of Japanese characters, vocabulary, useful expressions, listening skills and grammar. In order to submit the quiz, you need to log in to the Avenue to Learn, and go to assessment and then quizzes. Submit it by due date. Students filing MSAFs for assignments will be required to submit the work with a three day grace period.



In pairs you will act out the situations in Japanese for 3 minutes or make a 3-minute film of dialogue using vocabulary and grammar which you learned in the class. Students filing MSAFs for the role play will have to arrange an alternative date for their presentation or can submit a video recording after the MSAF grace period.


Final Exam

If you are unable to write the final exam for any reason, contact the Academic Advisor in your Faculty to request a deferred exam.


Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:

Marugoto Japanese Language and Culture Elementary 2 A2

Marugoto Japanese Language and Culture Elementary 2 A2



Due Date



9/4 (水) 




9/9 (月) 

Review Marugoto E1 A2 Topic 7



9/11 (水) 

Review Marugoto E1 A2 Topic 8



9/16 (月) 

Review Marugoto E1 A2 Topic 9



9/18 (水) 

Topic 1新しいともだち


Quiz 1

9/23 (月) 

Topic 1新しいともだち

作文1(教科書p. 29)


9/25 (水) 

Topic 2 店で食べる



9/30 (月) 

Topic 2店で食べる

作文2(教科書p. 45)


10/2 (水) 

Topic 3沖縄旅行


Quiz 2

10/7 (月) 

Topic 3沖縄旅行

作文3(教科書p. 61)


10/9 (水) 

Topic 4 日本祭



10/21 (月) 

Topic 4 日本祭

作文4(教科書p. 77)


10/23 (水) 

Topic 5 特別な日


Quiz 3

10/28 (月) 

Topic 5 特別な日

作文5(教科書p. 93)


10/30 (水) 

Topic 6 ネットショッピング



11/4 (月) 

Topic 6 ネットショッピング

作文6(教科書p. 111)


11/6 (水) 

Topic 7 歴史と文化の町


Quiz 4

11/11 (月) 

Topic 7 歴史と文化の町

作文7(教科書p. 127)


11/13 (水) 

Topic 8 生活とエコ



11/18 (月) 

Topic 8 生活とエコ

作文8(教科書p. 143)


11/20 (水) 

Topic 9 人生


Quiz 5

11/25 (月) 

Topic 9 人生

作文9(教科書p. 159)


11/27 (水) 

Role-Play/Film observation day



12/2 (月) 


作文10 (トピック自由)


12/4 (水) 





Final Exam (scheduled by Registrar’s office)

Other Course Information:

Future Opportunities


1. The one-year exchange programs are available with Osaka University in Osaka, Seinan Gakuin in Fukuoka, Kyushu, and Hokkaidou Univerisy in Hokkaido.


2. The JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Program which is sponsored by the Japanese Government, given opportunities to work in Japan as either an assistant English language teacher at a local school or a coordinator for international relations at a local government office. Website: JET Programme Canada (


3. Participate in the Ontario Japanese Speech Contest in March.

    Website: オンタリオ日本語弁論大会 (


4. Learn more about the Japanese courses at McMaster: