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Beginning Japanese 2 (JAPN 1100)

Total Credits: 5
Lecture Credits: 5

Description: Beginning Japanese 2 offers a continuing foundation course for basic, contemporary, conversational Japanese. You will further develop basic sentences and conversational patterns. You will also learn Kanji and Kanji compounds to expand your working vocabulary. You will be prepared to effectively transfer to an intermediate-level course.

Topical Outline:
1. Communication skills: understanding to simple dialogues about self, family and daily life and discussing themselves and their own lives as well as other basic cultural and contemporary issues in small and large group exchanges
2. Literacy skills: reading and analyzing the content of basic written materials such as cultural information, menus, schedules, advertisements, etc, and writing short compositions, letters, postcards, journal entries, notes, messages, and short descriptions
3. Grammatical topics: introducing Kanji, adjective conjugation, giving and receiving, inviting someone to do something and making suggestions, offering to do something, verb conjugated form (masu-form, te-form, nai-form), present progressive and habitual actions, current states, preference and desire
4. Vocabulary topics: visiting-Japanese-home (family vocabulary, gifts, adjectives), Going-to-festival (offer, accept, and reject expression), on-business-outside-Tokyo (business words, directions), seeing-museum (time periods, permission), at-the-office (verbs; lie, work and know), socializing (someone's likes, skills and interests) and question words (how)
5. Culture: Students acquire cultural information for the purpose of understanding and appreciating the products, practices, and perspectives of other cultures. Topics may include: family, housing, gift, festival, business, art, food, cities, social culture, history and current topics

Learning Outcomes:
1. Read and write short compositions on familiar topics
2. Participate in paired and group activities to practice self-expression on personal, cultural, and current topics within limits of linguistic ability
3. Communicate in the target language demonstrating awareness of protocol
4. Compare and contrast cultural behaviors in everyday situations
5. Gain an increased understanding of history, political science, art, and music of the target culture through the target language
6. Use the Japanese language beyond the school setting for lifelong personal enjoyment and participate in the global community

Prerequisites:  JAPN 1000 or Equivalent

MnTC: Goal 8