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JAPANESE 1Z06A Beginner's Intensive Japanese

Academic Year: Spring/Summer 2015

Term: 3

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Tsuneko Iwai


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 623

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24940

Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 4:30-5:30pm

Course Objectives:

This course aims to provide you with basic spoken and written discourse skills in Japanese. Acquisition of elementary grammar, kana/kanji scripts, and oral communication skills will be emphasized. As 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. You will learn hiragana and katakana, in addition to about 100kanji in this course. We will cover the first 9 lessons of the textbook, Genki I.  By the end of the full course (both A & B),  you will be able to converse using simple sentences about general topics, and write short compositions in Japanese scripts, using basic grammar and limited kanji. The internet has a vast array of things to read in Japanese, as well as texts accompanied by sound, on-line dictionaries, some interactive pedagogical material, and kanji learning tools. You are encouraged to access and utilize these materials.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:


1. Banno, Eri, et. al. Genki I Japan Times, 2011 (Main Text & CD)

2. Banno, Eri, et. al Genki I Japan Times, 2011 (Workbook & CD)



1. Oxford Starter Dictionary.

*2. Furigana Japanese-English Dictionary (Kodansha).

*3. Furigana English-Japanese Dictionary (Kodansha).

* These are recommended, in lieu of item 1, for those students who plan to continue

to study at higher levels.

4 Basic Kanji Book Vol. 1 (Bonjinsha)


Method of Assessment:

The breakdown of your final grade is as follows:

1. Attendance/class participation 10%

2. In-class assignments 10%

3. Mini quizzes 5%

4. Tests 25% 

5. Midterm exam 20%

6. Final exam 30%


Attendance of tutorials and lectures is mandatory and attendance will be taken at every class. For your attendance marks, the following ranges apply:

80-100% missing not more than 6 hours of total class hours (3 hours each term)

50-70% missing not more than 12 hours (6 hours each term)

10-40% missing not more than 18 hours (9 hours each term)

*More than 18 hours of absence will automatically result in attendance grade of 0%.

*If you are late twice, or leave early twice, it is regarded as one absence.



1. Attendance in lectures and tutorial classes is mandatory as language learning

requires constant reinforcement and interaction with your instructor and classmates.

2. Participation in all class activities and full attention. Cooperation with other students

is fully expected.

3. A five-min. mini-quiz to be written at the beginning of each class.

4. One in-class assignment per week to be performed in class.

5. Two tests to be written as indicated in the schedule.

6. Midterm exam to be written in June.

7. Final exam to be written in August.

8. Listening to the CDs for the week's activities before and after class.

9. Regular review of lecture notes and other course material is mandatory.

10. Bring both textbook and workbook to every class.


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

This is a self-reporting tool for undergraduate students to report absences DUE TO MINOR MEDICAL SITUATIONS that last up to 5 days and provides the ability to request accommodation for any missed academic work. Please note, this tool cannot be used during any final examination period. You may submit a maximum of 1 Academic Work Missed request per term. It is YOUR responsibility to follow up with your Instructor immediately (NORMALLY WITHIN TWO WORKING DAYS) regarding the nature of the accommodation. If you are absent for reasons other than medical reasons, for more than 5 days, or exceed 1 request per term, you MUST visit your Associate Dean's Office/Faculty Office). You may be required to provide supporting documentation. This form should be filled out immediately when you are about to return to class after your absence.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Integrity

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. It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty.

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. 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:

  • 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.

Authenticity / Plagiarism Detection

Some courses may use a web-based service ( to reveal authenticity and ownership of student submitted work. For courses using such software, students will be expected to submit their work electronically either directly to or via Avenue to Learn (A2L) plagiarism detection (a service supported by so it can be checked for academic dishonesty.

Students who do not wish to submit their work through A2L and/or must still submit an electronic and/or hardcopy to the instructor. No penalty will be assigned to a student who does not submit work to or A2L. All submitted work is subject to normal verification that standards of academic integrity have been upheld (e.g., on-line search, other software, etc.). To see the Policy, please go to

Courses with an On-Line Element

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It is essential that students be mindful of their interactions online, as the Code remains in effect in virtual learning environments. The Code applies to any interactions that adversely affect, disrupt, or interfere with reasonable participation in University activities. Student disruptions or behaviours that interfere with university functions on online platforms (e.g. use of Avenue 2 Learn, WebEx or Zoom for delivery), will be taken very seriously and will be investigated. Outcomes may include restriction or removal of the involved students' access to these platforms.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) at 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. For further information, consult McMaster University’s Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities policy.

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

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Request for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work
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".

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances (RISO)

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religious, indigenous or spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the RISO policy. Students should submit their request to their Faculty Office normally within 10 working days of the beginning of term in which they anticipate a need for accommodation or to the Registrar's Office prior to their examinations. Students should also contact their instructors as soon as possible to make alternative arrangements for classes, assignments, and tests.

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The recording of lectures, tutorials, or other methods of instruction may occur during a course. Recording may be done by either the instructor for the purpose of authorized distribution, or by a student for the purpose of personal study. Students should be aware that their voice and/or image may be recorded by others during the class. Please speak with the instructor if this is a concern for you.

Extreme Circumstances

The University reserves the right to change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances (e.g., severe weather, labour disruptions, etc.). Changes will be communicated through regular McMaster communication channels, such as McMaster Daily News, A2L and/or McMaster email.

Other Course Information:

All classes are conducted by the instructor. There are two three-hour classes per week. The first hour of each class is lecture. Students will be introduced to new vocabulary and grammatical points of each chapter of the textbook. Kana and Kanji will be introduced also during lecture hour. Next two hours are tutorial class. During tutorial hours students will be given both oral and aural exercises, and are expected to participate fully in every class activity. You will be working primarily in cooperatively structured groups during these hours. 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. During tutorial hours, your newly acquired skills will be reinforced through a series of writing/speaking exercises.