Instructor: Minae Hayashi
Objective: Learners in this class will build on skills developed during Beginner 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Practice will focus on basic expression, description, and interacting with others by creating simple sentences and asking appropriate follow-up questions for personal topic (e.g., experience learning a world language and another culture) as well as societal topics (e.g., making plan to go out with friends, invite someone, telling suggestion or reason, etc.). The instructor will continue to guide the learners in cultural exploration within those topics.
Can-Do Statements: Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to:
· Talk with friend about the time and you will meet
· Read an email from a friend saying he/she will be late
· Apologize for being late and give a reason
· Invite a friend to visit a place of your recommendation / Respond to an invitation
· Say that you would like to drop by somewhere
· Say what languages you have studied and when
· Talk about foreign languages you have studied
· Write down what languages you have studied and when
· Ask someone for help to understand or to learn a world language
· Talk about your involvement in the culture of another country
· Offer help to someone with a problem / Accept an offer of help
· Read the program of an event
· Understand and read up to 39 new kanji words including 熟語 jukugo (compound words) introduced
· Read and write 23 additional kanji characters that appear in Kanji Master N5 – Chapter 13-15
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 coursebooks may be purchased from the vendor of your choice; possible sources are linked below)
1. MARUGOTO RIKAI: Japanese language and culture Elementary 1 A2 Coursebook for communicative language competences (ISBN-13: 978-4384057553)
2. MARUGOTO KATSUDO: Japanese language and culture Elementary 1 A2 Coursebook for communicative language competencies (ISBN-13: 978-4384057546)
3. Kanji Master N5 Revised Edition – (ISBN-13: 978-4384059656)
Strongly recommended (free) apps:
1. Kanji Memory Hint 2 [English]
2. MARUGOTO+ (free, supplemental digital resource site where users can learn about Japanese language and culture alongside the Marugoto coursebook)
3. Kanji alive: A free study tool for reading and writing kanji - A web application designed to help Japanese language learners of all levels learn to read and write kanji
This course will cover Marugoto Elementary 1 (A2) Katsudoo textbook Lesson 7-10, Marugoto Elementary 1 (A2) Rikai textbook Lesson 7-10.