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JAPANESE 2Z03 Interm. Intensive Japanese I

Academic Year: Fall 2017

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Sonomi Iwata-Consul

Email: consuls@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 511A

Phone: 905-525-9140 x

Office Hours: Wednesday 2:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.



Course Objectives:

This course aims to further develop students’ spoken and written discourse skills in

Japanese. Acquisition of advanced beginners’ level grammar, kanji scripts, and oral

communication skills will be emphasized. We will cover the last two lessons of Genki I

and the first three lessons of Genki II. As a language is to a large extent shaped

by culture, aspects of Japanese people and their culture will also be discussed in the

context of language learning. Students will learn an additional 80 kanji in this term.


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Required

1. Banno, Eri, et. al. Genki II Japan Times, 2011 (Main Text)

2. Banno, Eri, et. al Genki II Japan Times, 2011 (Workbook)

3. Banno, Eri, et. al. Genki II Japan Times, 2011 (Accompanying CDs)

4. Sonomi Iwata-Consul, Japanese 1Z06 Grammar Lecture Notes. 2017 (Available on

Avenue to Learn)

 

Recommended

1. Basic Kanji Book Vol. 1 and 2 (Bonjinsha)

2. *Kodansha’s Furigana Dictionary Japanese-English English-Japanese

* This dictionary is recommended for those students who plan to continue to study at

higher levels.


Method of Assessment:

The breakdown of your final grade is as follows:

1. Performance        5% (Participation, Self-Study, etc.)

2. Quizzes               20% (2 quizzes)

3. Essay                 20% (400-800 words essay in Japanese)

4. Interview             20% (5-minute Interview in Pairs)

5. Final Exam          35% (2 hours)


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Performance

Performance grade is assessed by the instructor according to how actively the student

participates in class, how often the student attends class. Attending class regularly is

essential to improve your language skills and proficiencies. Please make every effort to

attend the classes. Out of consideration for the classmates and the instructor, please try

to avoid arriving late and leaving early.

Self-Study is a critical part of language learning. You will be assigned the pages on the

Genki workbook to review what you have learned in the class. In addition, please read

the pages of the Genki textbook to prepare for the class. The students will be asked to

voluntarily answer the questions in the class, and receive a bonus point each time.

When the students collected the 10 bonus points, s/he will be added 1 point to the final

total mark.

Quizzes

There are 2 quizzes to assess students’ understanding of what they learned in the

course. Basically, there will be no make-up quizzes, however, when the instructor has

accepted the legitimate reason accompanied with the official document (e.g. a doctor’s

letter), students will be allowed to MSAF to transfer the weight of quiz on the other

quizzes.

Short Essay

The students will write a 400 ~ 800 words essay in Japanese using a Genko Yoshi.

Genko yoshi is a type of Japanese paper used for writing essay, composition, and novel.

It is printed with squares, typically 200 or 400 per sheet, each square designed to

accommodate a single Japanese character or punctuation mark. The essay will be

evaluated according to the rubric.

Interview

The students will present a project in pairs. The project can be an interview which consists of 10 questions and answers in Japanese. The oral interview will be evaluated according to the rubric.

Final Exam

2 hours writing Exams. It will take place in December. An overall mark of at least 50%

must be attained on the final examination in order to pass the course.


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 www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

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 mcmaster.ca/msaf/. 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 sas@mcmaster.ca. 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.


Other Course Information:

Classroom Management

All classes are conducted by the instructor. There are three-hour lecture per week.

Students will be introduced to new vocabulary and grammatical structures of each

chapter of the textbook as well as Japanese people, custom music, film and culture.

Kana and Kanji will be introduced at the beginning of lecture hours. The students will be

given both oral and aural exercises, and are expected to participate fully in every class

activity. Your instructor will use Japanese for instruction except when it is necessary for

clarification of grammar points or administrative matters after a few weeks of the

commencement of the course, so it is important that you learn useful classroom

expressions at the beginning of the course. In class hours, your newly acquired skills

will be reinforced through a series of writing/speaking exercises.

 

In Class Policies

- Private talks should be kept minimal.

- Cellular phones must be turned off except for emergency situations.

- Water and soft drinks are allowed, but no eating or chewing gum.

 

Helpful Hints for Study

In order to achieve higher marks in quizzes, and exams, and also, to accelerate

communicative competency in Japanese language, the following self-directed

learning is highly recommended:

1. Read the pages of textbook to prepare for the class.

2. Post the charts of Japanese Characters on the wall where you can view

them each day (e.g. in a bathroom and/or a bedroom). Make flash cards

of Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji and keep them in your pockets to

memorize them whenever you can.

3. Listen to the CD for the assigned pages as often as possible. Also, listen

to the Japanese music, watch Japanese movie, or/and anime frequently

so that your ears get familiar with listening Japanese pronunciations.

4. Practice to speak with your conversation partners regularly (every day if

possible) outside of class.

5. Arrange regular times for reviewing what you learned in each lesson.

6. Take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT).

Website: http://www.jlpt.jp/e/index.cgi

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

 Website: オンタリオ日本語弁論大会 http://buna.yorku.ca/ojsc/

 

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 http://jetprogramme.ca/

 

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 www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

 

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

 

Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit

has been obtained.

Improper collaboration in group work.

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 mcmaster.ca/msaf/. 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

sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for

 

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.