LGE787 - Japanese Language Skills 7

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Subject Title
Japanese Language Skills 7

Subject Description
Japanese Language Skills 7 continues the development of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, with emphasis on everyday situations. Extensive use of role play will encourage students to use individual self-expression in creating dialogues within given situations, and to demonstrate culturally-appropriate manners and behaviours. Further exploration of Japanese culture and discussions on current issues will solidify communication skills. Students are required to have reading and writing skills of Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji (Chinese characters).

Credit Status
One credit. Not applicable as a 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 for the purpose, audience, and context;

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

5. demonstrate an understanding of Japanese culture and culturally-appropriate manners and behaviours.

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.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

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 686 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 language skills will be developed gradually and naturally through communicative interactions, each at various levels of competence. 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 cultures
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 in 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 aquiring 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 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 the resources

Writing Skills
Students will be able to:

write all Hiragana 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

  •     Talk about events and bad experiences
  •     Talk about education
  •     Express gratitude and modesty
  •     Leave a message
  •     Make and respond to apologies
  •     Extend formal and casual invitations
  •     Read and write Kanji (Chinese characters)

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 III (Revised 3rd Edition).  Tokyo: Kodansha International. ISBN 9781568364032.

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