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JAPANESE 2ZZ3 Interm. Intensive Japanese II (C01)

Academic Year: Winter 2019

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Sonomi Iwata-Consul


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 511A

Phone: 905-525-9140 x

Office Hours: Tuesday 5:00 - 6:00

Course Objectives:

This course is continuation of Japanese 2Z03. In this course, the students are expected to further develop their four language skills such as speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing in modern Japanese. Especially, communicative aspects of speaking and writing will be emphasized. Active participation in class is strongly encouraged. Basically the classes will be conducted in Japanese. Lecture notes are available on Avenue to Learn.

Learning Outcomes:

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

1. critically analyse the sounds, structure and meaning systems of Japanese language after mastering Japanese writing systems (Hiragana, Katakana, 317 Kanji) approximately 1,700  words used in daily life and 120 grammar structures which are required to pass the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) level N3. The Students will practice them inside and outside of class through various activities, assignments and online games. The Students will submit assignments, write quizzes and exam to review and test their learning outcome.

2. accurately evaluate Japanese language structures and language use in society. The students will learn various forms of Japanese language such as the honorific form (keigo) and the humble form (kenjyogo) in addition to colloquial form. They will try out their outcome with Japanese people by exchange emails.

3. achieve communicative competency in Japanese in daily life through listening to CDs, movies, or music, speaking with peers, writing passages or memos, and reading short stories and dialogue. The students will develop effective listening and speaking skills by understanding the gender difference in Japanese conversation. The students will be often encouraged to communicate in appropriate manner (casually and formally) in Japanese about general topics inside and outside the class.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:


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 2ZZ3 Grammar Lecture Notes. 2019 (Available on

Avenue to Learn)

Method of Assessment:

  1. Performance             10% (Participation, Volunteer work, etc.)
  2. Assignments             10% (Genki Workbook peer-review)
  3. Quizzes                    10% (5 times in Jan 23, Feb 6, 20, March 6, 20)
  4. Email Exchange         20% (5 correspondences: submit by April 3)
  5. Speech/Presentation  20% (speech or individual/group presentation about Japanese culture in March)
  6. Final Exam                30% (2 hours in April)

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:


Performance grade is assessed by the instructor according to how actively the student engages 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 II to review what you learned in the class, and your assignments will be peer-reviewed later. The students will be asked to answer the questions of assignments in the class. MSAF for assignment is not acceptable. Late penalty: If you miss the deadline, your mark for assignments will be deducted 10% each day.


There are 5 online quizzes to assess students’ understanding of what they learned in the course. Basically, there will be no make-up quizzes unless the student was given a special consideration. Make-up and MSAF for quiz is not acceptable.

Email Exchange

The students will exchange email with Japanese. You will find Japanese online, then introduce yourself, and talk about your hobby or favorite things. Five exchanges are necessary for the task. The email exchange will be evaluated according to the rubric. MSAF is not acceptable. Late penalty: If you miss the deadline, your mark will be deducted 10% each day.


The students will create a 4-minute speech or deliver a 5-minute presentation in a group (a 5-minute per student) or by an individual. The speech/presentation will be evaluated according to the rubric. If you MSAF speech/presentation, the mark will be transferred to essay. Late penalty: If you miss the deadline, your mark will be deducted 10% each day.

Final Exam

Two hours writing Exams. It contains 12 pages. It will be conducted in May. MSAF for final exam is not acceptable. The important dates for the course are posted on the course schedule on Avenue to Learn. It is the individual student’s responsibility to check it regularly.

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:

Genki text book 2





Week 1-2  

Lesson 18  



Week 3-4

Lesson 19 



Week 5-6

Lesson 20



Week 7-8

Lesson 21



Week 9-10

Lesson 22



Week 11-12    

Lesson 23



Week 13





Other Course Information:

In Class Policies

- Private talks should be kept minimal.

- Cellular phones must be turned off except for writing quizzes and emergency.

- Water and soft drinks are allowed, but no food 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).


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

 Website: オンタリオ日本語弁論大会


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: