This course focuses on the topic of language minority communities in Japan. This course works to create a Japanese language learning community where students can improve their Japanese skills as we, together, focus on topics we are learning about. The course focus is on reading, listening, vocabulary development, and speaking skills. Students will work individually and collaboratively with a collection of media including documentary, video blog, blog, articles, and book excerpts. These are mostly materials designed by and for Japanese audiences, with some video blog and kansoobun created for the course, documenting the impressions of Japanese young adults regarding course topics and materials. The students and professor in this course form a collaborative team to support corporate and individual learning goals. In class, students will work together on various materials, learning and using Japanese together, with support from the professor, classmates, and Japanese visitors. There will also be mini-lectures and whole-class discussions. Homework includes weekly conversations with someone from Japan, reading/viewing and oral responses, short writing assignments, vocabulary lists/practice, and a final project. We will begin the course with personalized Japanese language self-assessments and goal setting, and these goals will be reviewed and adjusted periodically by students, in consultation with the instructor.
Japanese Major/Minor Requirements:
This 400-level language course counts as a language class toward the Japanese major and minor. See one of the Department’s undergraduate advisors if you are interested in majoring or minoring in Japanese and confirming how the course may meet requirements for your course of study. Other 400-level language courses are Japan 421-2-3, 431-2-3, 471-2. This course cannot be counted as a linguistics course, as it does not cover the depth of content of our courses taught in English, and content learning is not formally assessed.