LGE282 - Japanese Language Skills 2

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Subject Title
Japanese Language Skills 2

Subject Description
Japanese Language Skills 2 continues the development of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing contemporary Japanese within a cultural framework. The use of integrated, thematic units and active classroom participation will reinforce previously acuqired skills and introduce new structures. By the end of this course, students will demonstrate a refined ability to listen to, speak, read, and write Hiragana and Katakana at a high beginner's level of fluency and an increased awareness and understanding of Japanese culture.

Credit Status
One General Education Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. use Japanese for a variety of purposes and in a variety of contexts, including curriculum areas;

2. understand and share one's experiences with others in Japanese;

3. apply appropriate conventions of Japanese culture for the purpose, audience, and context;

4. develop independent and collaborative thinking and learning strategies in Japanese to create practical and imaginative works in different media.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

 LGE 182 or permission of the instructor. 

Topic Outline


The outcomes listed below represent the result of an integrated and balanced language course.  As the student progresses, the acquired skills will be developed gradually and naturally, each at various levels of competence, through communicative interactions.  This Japanese course will enhance skills in the following areas:

Cultural Understanding
Students will be able to:

express themselves and behave in a manner that reflects respect for the Japanese-speaking culture;
identify similarities and differences in customs, food, education, family life, and values;
recognize and explain the contributions of the Japanese culture to Canada and the world;
identify specific regions and/or countries where Japanese is spoken.

Listening Skills
Students will be able to:

interpret spoken language to participate in conversations;
interpret the main idea from spoken Japanese instruction and infer meaning through available clues;
recognize that differences in pronunciation and vocabulary exist in different Japanese-speaking areas;
demonstrate an ability to listen critically for the purpose of acquiring a new language;
distinguish sound patterns that are essential for comprehension.

Speaking Skills
Students will be able to:

use appropriate gestures and/or body language;
use clear and accurate pronunciation and intonation;
communicate their own ideas, thoughts, and feelings on familiar topics;
demonstrate confidence and willingness to take risks when expressing ideas;
use Japanese to work collaboratively with peers and the instructor.

Reading Skills
Students will be able to:
grasp the main ideas and key information in textbook and other resources;
deduce, infer, and predict meaning using textual and visual clues in resources.

Writing Skills
Students will be able to:
write all Hiragana and Katakana characters, take dictation, and make notes on a short text (oral or written);
express briefly and clearly facts, opinions, attitudes, emotions, and ideas from resources;
write in Japanese using the stages of the writing process.

Topic Outline:

  • discuss and compare everyday activities - what you will do, when, and where
  • describe the characteristics of people and things, including personal possessions
  • talk about giving and receiving gifts
  • express your thoughts about experiences
  • talk about different events

Mode of Instruction

Instructors develop the listening and speaking skills of their students by using a wide range of teaching strategies (teacher-centred, student-centred, paired, and grouped activities) to meet the different learning styles of their students.
Students will be expected to prepare on a weekly basis for the upcoming class by reading and studying assigned text material.  In addition to the weekly classes, students should spend a minimum of three hours per week on independent study to further cement their learning. 

Prescribed Texts
Association for Japanese - Language Teaching.  Japanese for Busy People I, Revised 3rd Edition: Kana Version. ISBN 978-1568363851.Tokyo:  Kodansha Int'l. 

Reference Material
Random House Japanese English/English Japanese Dictionary.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
To be successful in this subject, you must complete all course work as specified, and achieve an overall grade of 50% or more. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see the Academic Policy at http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy
Term Work:
The term work will constitute 85% of the final grade.  The instructor’s class schedule will indicate the nature of the weekly activities and assignments, their due dates, and their value.
All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the examination. Unless students have been granted an extension in advance, late assignments will be penalized accordingly.  Students must contact faculty in advance of due date to discuss extensions.

Make-up opportunities for assignments must also be made in advance of the scheduled due date. If an assignment is missed due to class absence, any official documentation that might be grounds for arranging a make-up opportunity must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class. Make-up opportunities do not apply to all graded assignments.

Final Examination:
The final in-class examination will constitute 15% of the final grade.

Grading Scheme:

Culture / Oral/Aural / Written


Final Exam


Student Success:
Attending classes, fully participating in course activities, ensuring you are prepared for class by completing assigned readings and activities, completing and handing in all required course work prior to the final exam will increase your chances of success in the course.

Students must keep all assignments (including drafts and outlines) and exercises until they receive their final grade.
Students may appeal any final grade in a subject or any decision by the College, following the recommendation of a Promotion Committee, with respect to the student's academic standing, continuation or status in a program, School, Faculty or the College.  It is the policy of the College that a student who invokes this appeal process will be given a fair hearing.  For further information on appeals, please see Section 12 of the Academic Policy Handbook.

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood