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JAPANESE 1Z06S Beginner's Intensive Japanese (C01)

Academic Year: Spring/Summer 2019

Term: Multiterm

Day/Evening: E

Instructor: Prof. Sonomi Iwata-Consul


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 511A

Phone: 905-525-9140 x

Office Hours: Wednesday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Course Objectives:

This course introduces basic Japanese language and culture to the students with no background in Japanese. Students will be encouraged to acquire a basic level of the four-language skills such as reading, speaking, listening, and writing in modern Japanese. Students also learn the basic level of grammar, punctuations, and spelling to engage effectively in real life situations and online communications. Students become familiar with the Japanese people, custom, music, film, games and culture.

Learning Outcomes:

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

1. accurately analyse the sounds, structure and meaning systems of Japanese language after mastering Japanese writing systems (46 hiragana, 46 katakana, 145 basic kanji characters), approximately 800 vocabulary and 60 grammar structures which are required to pass the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) level N5. Students will submit assignments, voice samples, and write quizzes to review and test their learning outcome.

2. critically evaluate Japanese language structures and language use in society. While students will learn Japanese language structures and language use in society during the lecture, they will assess their understanding through assignments (self-review) and short essay (peer-review).

3. achieve communicative competency in Japanese through listening to CDs, movies, or music, speaking with peers, writing passages or memos, and reading short stories and dialogue. Students will be often encouraged to communicate appropriately (casually and formally) in Japanese about general topics in the class and outside of the class.

Lecture notes are available on Avenue to Learn.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

  1. Kijima, Hiromi, et. al. Marugoto Japanese Language and Culture A1, 2013

     2.   Kijima, Hiromi, et. al. Marugoto Japanese Language and Culture A2, 2013

     3.  Sonomi Iwata-Consul, Japanese 1Z06 Grammar Lecture Notes. 2019 (Available on A2L)

     4.  Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) level N5

Method of Assessment:

The breakdown of your final grade is as follows:

  1. Performance  10% (Participation quizzes, Performance, portfolio, etc.)
  2. Assignments  20% (① Voice Sample Self-introduction: submit by May 27th)

                                           ② Short Essay: peer evaluation on June 28th)

     3. Quizzes         20% (10 online quizzes)

     4. Mid-Term      20% (2 hours: June 10th)

     5. Final Exam    30% (2 hours: July 31st)

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. How actively engaged in each class is observed as your performance. You can submit MSAF once a term when you miss a class.



Voice Samples: You will submit a voice sample recorded on A2L. Short Essay: You will write a short essay and your essay will be evaluated according to a rubric by a peer. If you miss the deadline, your mark for assignment will be deducted 10% each day. MSAF is not accepted.



You will complete a small quiz online every week in class to test your understanding of Japanese characters, vocabulary, useful expressions, listening skills and grammar. In order to submit the quiz, you need your lap-top computer or cell phone. MSAFs are not accepted for quizzes unless you have a legitimate reason.


Midterm Exam

If you submit an MSAF, you will have the option of writing an alternate test scheduled by the instructor, or of adding the 20% value of the test to the weight of the final exam.


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. MSAFs are not accepted for Final 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:

Topics and Readings (Tentative)


Marugoto Japanese Language and Culture A1



Assignments, Quizzes, Exams

May 6  (Mon)



May 8  (Wed)


Quiz 1

May 13 (Mon)



May 15 (Wed)


Quiz 2

May 22 (Wed)

Daily Life

Quiz 3

May 27 (Mon)

Holidays and Days off1

Assignment 1 Voice Sample

May 29 (Wed)


Quiz 4

June 3 (Mon)



June 5 (Wed)

Holidays and Days off 2

Quiz 5

June 10 (Mon)




Marugoto Japanese Language and Culture A2



Assignments, Quizzes, Exams

June 12  (Wed)

My Family and Myself


June 17  (Mon)

Seasons and Weather

Quiz 6

June 19 (Wed)

My Town


June 24 (Mon)

Going Out

Quiz 7

June 26 (Wed)

Languages and Cultures

Assignment 2 Short Essay

July 3 (Wed)

Eating Outdoors

Quiz 8

July 8 (Mon)

Business Trips


July 10 (Wed)

Staying Healthy

Quiz 9

July 15 (Mon)



July 17 (Wed)

Japanese News

Quiz 10

July 22 (Mon)

Japanese Folklore


July 24 (Wed)



July 29 (Mon)

Japanese Novel


July 31 (Wed)


Final Exam


Other Course Information:

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:
  7. Office hours are for students. Please feel free to drop by your instructor’s office whenever you have questions, concerns, or some help with studying.