Fall 2015 Syllabus for JAPN 1001/1002 (CRN 8480)

Course Location: Dunlap 107 MW 2:40-3:55pm

Instructor: Joseph R. Adams; sensei@worldclass.net

Office hours:  Dunlap Hall 312  MW:  1:00-2:30; 4:00-5:00pm

Required books: Genki I, text and workbook, second edition

Class website: http://www.interappacad.org/courses/historieslanguages/japanese

 Course Description:

               JAPN 1001 is the first half of a two semester course, designed to develop skills in speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing; and seeing some of the cultural context of the Japanese language. The learning curve is steep and requires rigorous drilling in the reading and writing of two 46 character alphabets and over a hundred Chinese language-originated KANJI characters. The class will be taught in Japanese as much as possible, and you are expected to raise your hand if you do not understand something. Class attendance, completing assignments on time, keeping a notebook, and going to the language lab regularly each week are the most basic requirements. The web-site (see above) will be used to keep track of our class content, including links and review materials.

 Course Objectives:

 Oral Proficiency:

·       Introduce yourself, a friend, family, and some personal interests

·       Be able to use polite language for basic courtesies and travel requirements

Listening Comprehension:

  ·      Be able to listen carefully and respond accordingly to confirm meaning from the speaker

Reading Proficiency:

·        Read basic words and sentences using the two phonetic alphabets, Katakana and Hiragana, and some basic kanji

·        Identify an increasing number of words and phrases in different contexts.

Writing Proficiency:

·        Be able to copy or transcribe familiar words or phrases and reproduce some from memory

Cultural Contexts:

·        Become familiar with some dimensions of Japanese culture 

Appropriate Behavior:

·        Come to class having read the chapter to be discussed for full participation credit and success on daily quizzes. Class time is primarily for practicing the new words and phrases we are learning in our text and supplementary materials.

·        Notify the professor if you can not attend a class for some reason, and it is your responsibility to find out what you have missed and need to do.

·        Show courtesy to your fellow students, your instructor, and your lab assistant. All electronic devices must be turned off and put away during class time, unless the device is used for class.  If you know that there is an emergency such as someone going to the hospital, leave the phone on the desk with the sound off.  You may leave the room to answer it in an emergency.

·        If you obstruct or disrupt this class or its learning activities will be considered under the Board of Regents Policy on Disruptive Behavior. Behaviors which are considered to be inappropriate in this classroom include sleeping, eating, coming in late, interrupting others, talking out of turn, and inappropriate behavior during group work, verbal behavior that is disrespectful of others or the instructor, or other behaviors that may be disruptive.  Students who exhibit such behavior may be temporarily dismissed from the class and may be subject to disciplinary procedures outlined in the Student Handbook

Course Grading Distribution:

Tests 30% There will be an exam on dates to be announced after every two chapters in the book. The last test is the final exam.

Quizzes 10% pop-quizzes will be given over material we have already covered, so reviewing your material is essential.

Homework and Notebook 20% The learning curve in this course is steep and therefore requires due diligence in completing workbook and dialog recording assignments Your work will be checked when you take your tests..

Language Lab 10% You will be expected to use the language lab for to get extra help on your writing practice, workbook and recording assignments Dunlap 317.

 Project 30%  Use all of your grammar patterns for the semester to write a self introduction, starting with your family and hometown. You will get more information throughout the semester as you build the content of this project.

Academic Integrity: You are expected to be familiar with and follow the academic integrity policy of the university as outlined in the UNG 2015-2016 undergraduate Bulletin. Putting your name on work that was produced or written by someone else including translators available on the internet or through computer software is a violation of this policy. You should do your own work. You may study together but may not turn in the same work. Violations of this policy will result in a disciplinary action at the institutional level.

Attendance is mandatory except for medical or uncontrollable circumstances.

Make-up policy: Quizzes can not be made up for any reason. A student may be allowed to make up an exam, but only under special circumstances. In order to avoid problems, if an exam date has to be missed, the instructor needs to have been notified in advance.