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Japanese Beginner 4 In-Person at TLC (Wednesday, 6-8pm)

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Noriko Harasawa
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** This class will be held at the TLC main office at 220 French Landing, Nashville, TN

Instructor: Noriko Harasawa

Objective: Learners in this class will build on skills developed during Beginner 1, 2 and 3. Practice will focus on interacting with others using a mixture of words, phrases and simple sentences and questions related to areas of immediate relevance such as basic personal information, shopping, geography, and employment. Learners will gain confidence while talking about more complex subjects such as learning about foreign cultures and visiting new places for the first time. The instructor will continue to guide the learners in cultural exploration.

Can-Do Statements: Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to:

·         Recognize information on posters and calendars for events · Recognize information on posters and calendars for events

·         Talk about whether they will attend an event

·         Show a taxi driver a map and say their destination

·         Say how to get to a destination using a map

·         Ask about transportation to get to a particular destination

·         Recognize opening/closing times on shop notification

·         Talk about what they want to buy

·         Talk about where to shop for something they want

·         Read prices and comment on things in a shop

·         Do some shopping

·         Say what they did on their days off

·         Read a short blog/ simple E-mail

·         Say what they did on their travels

·         Say where they want to go next time

·         Read and type/write 100% of katakana and hiragana

·         Demonstrate they are comfortable reading short passages with a limited number of kanji such as emails and blog posts

·         Understand and use up to 24 new kanji words including 17 熟語 jukugo (kanji compound words) related to the topics covered in this course

·         Read and write 28 additional kanji characters that appear in Kanji Master N5; Chapter 6-9.

·         Review Kanji of Chapter 1-5 (Kanji Master N5

Use of the Language: This course has been designed in such a way that most of the class time will be devoted to communication and will be taught in the target language (i.e., the language that you are studying).  As you already have some experience with the language, you are encouraged to use the target language as much as possible from Day 1.  You are not expected to understand everything, and you can expect to be pushed beyond your comfort zone. However, your instructor is there to make sure you can succeed in meeting the goals of the activities and of the class in general.  Our goal is for you to be able to communicate in the target language, and we cannot learn to speak a language without speaking it.  Please remember that we learn best by making mistakes, and we encourage you to try to do your best.  Don’t forget that your instructor is there to support you in class and is also available via the Matrix messaging system for assistance.

Expectations/Time Commitment: It is strongly recommended that you schedule about 4 hours per week outside of the weekly 2-hour class to engage with this course material.  Please plan accordingly by scheduling your time on your calendar now. Active engagement in all course activities (e.g., class participation, module completion, homework, written assignments, studying vocabulary, etc.) will contribute to your learning and success in this course.


Required Materials (Note: the coursebook and workbook may be purchased from the vendor of your choice; one possible source for each is linked below)


1. MARUGOTO RIKAI coursebook: Japanese language and culture Starter A1 Coursebook for communicative language competences (ISBN-13: 978-3875487084) 


2. MARUGOTO+ (free, supplemental digital resource site where users can learn about Japanese language and culture alongside the Marugoto coursebook)


3. Kanji Master N5 Revised –  (ISBN-13: 978-4384059656)


Strongly recommended textbook and (free) apps:

1. MARUGOTO KATSUDO coursebook: Japanese language and culture Starter A1 Coursebook for communicative language activities (ISBN-13: 978-4384057522) 


2. Matrix LMS



3. Kanji alive: - A free study tool for reading and writing kanji

4. Kanji Memory Hint 1 [English]



This course will cover TOPICS 6-9 (Lessons 12-18) in Marugoto Rikai.

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