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Additional hours to be arranged in the Modern Language Lab for Japanese 1 and 2.

JAPAN 1, Elementary Japanese I    5 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC Foreign Language (required for UC only) • Prerequisite: None.

This course, using a communicative approach, introduces the student to Japanese sentence structure, basic vocabulary, and the two Japanese phonetic scripts of Hiragana, Katakana, plus a selected number of Kanji. Students learn to ask and answer basic questions and write about simple actions in the present/future and past tenses. They also are introduced to important elements of Japanese culture and customs of the Japanese people. This course is taught in Japanese unless in cases of linguistic difficulty as determined by the professor. Language lab is required.

2497   7:45a-9:15a TThF   DRSCHR 218   Skrobak Ma F s

   Arrange-1 Hour    DRSCHR 219   

2498   9:30a-11:00a MWF   MC 12   Johnston S K

   Arrange-1 Hour    DRSCHR 219   

2499   9:30a-11:00a TThF   DRSCHR 218   Skrobak Ma F

   Arrange-1 Hour    DRSCHR 219   

2501   2:30p-4:55p MW   MC 2   Tsuboi Y

   Arrange-1 Hour    DRSCHR 219   

2502   2:30p-4:55p TTh   MC 2   Comrie A K

   Arrange-1 Hour    DRSCHR 219   

4287   5:00p-7:25p MW   MC 16   Owens Y T

   Arrange-1 Hour    DRSCHR 219   

4288   7:30p-9:55p TTh   MC 16   Miura Y

   Arrange-1 Hour    DRSCHR 219   

JAPAN 2, Elementary Japanese II    5 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Arts and Humanities), Foreign Language (required for UC only) • Prerequisite: Japanese 1*.

This course is the continuation of Japanese 1. This course stresses more advanced vocabulary and more advanced sentence structures emphasizing short forms and te-forms. Students further develop oral and aural skills and reading comprehension skills by reading texts on various topics. They also hold conversations in both formal and informal styles of speech, and write compositions using short forms. This course also advances students’ knowledge of Japanese culture and traditions. This course is taught in Japanese except in cases of linguistic difficulty as determined by the professor. Language lab is required.

*The prerequisite for this course is comparable to two years of high school Japanese.

2503   7:45a-9:15a TThF   MC 5   Kinjo H

   Arrange-1 Hour    DRSCHR 219   

2504   12:45p-2:15p MWF   MC 2   Hashimoto Y

   Arrange-1 Hour    DRSCHR 219   

2505   12:45p-2:15p TThF   HSS 203   Nishikawa M

   Arrange-1 Hour    DRSCHR 219   

2506   2:30p-4:55p TTh   HSS 203   Nishikawa M

   Arrange-1 Hour    DRSCHR 219   

4289   5:00p-7:25p TTh   HSS 203   Nishikawa M

   Arrange-1 Hour    DRSCHR 219   

JAPAN 3, Intermediate Japanese I    5 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: Japanese 2*.

Focusing on four communication skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), the course builds up a solid foundation for the Intermediate-Low Japanese, to achieve a practical command of language for managing everyday social interactions and routine tasks. The course also familiarizes students of different registers (spoken vs. written) and writing styles (“desu/masu” vs. essay). Reading materials include semi-authentic articles on specific topics and writing focuses on styles as well as multiple paragraph organization. Traditional and current aspects of the Japanese culture are explored throughout the course and studied in reading. This course is taught in Japanese unless in cases of linguistic difficulty as determined by the professor.

*The prerequisite for this course is comparable to three years of high school Japanese.

2507   8:45a-11:10a TTh   DRSCHR 222   Tada K

Above section 2507 is part of the Scholars Program and is recommended for, but not limited to, students in the Scholars Program. See Special Programs section of class schedule or www.smc.edu/scholars for additional information.

4290   7:30p-9:55p MW   BUNDY 157   Takemori K

Above section 4290 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066. Above section 4290 is part of the Scholars Program and is recommended for, but not limited to, students in the Scholars Program. See Special Programs section of class schedule or www.smc.edu/scholars for additional information.

JAPAN 4, Intermediate Japanese II   5 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: Japanese 3*.

Focusing on four communication skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), the course builds up a solid foundation for the intermediate-High Japanese and further develops proficiency to be able to manage relatively complex situations. The course also introduces honorific languages, in addition to colloquial informal register. The socially and culturally appropriate use of the language is exercised in a broader range of social contexts. Reading and writing put an extra emphasis on accuracy and pragmatic components as well as fluency. This course is taught in Japanese except in cases of linguistic difficulty as determined by the instructor.

The prerequisite for this course is comparable to four years of high school Japanese.

2508   12:45p-3:10p TTh   DRSCHR 217   Skrobak Ma F

Above section 2508 is part of the Scholars Program and is recommended for, but not limited to, students in the Scholars Program. See Special Programs section of class schedule or www.smc.edu/scholars for additional information.

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