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Additional hours to be arranged in the Modern Language Lab for Elementary Japanese.

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.

2445   7:45a-9:15a TThF   DRSCHR 217   Skrobak Ma F

   Arrange-1 Hour    DRSCHR 219   

2446   9:30a-11:00a MWF   BUNDY 157   Johnston S K

   Arrange-1 Hour    DRSCHR 219   

Above section 2446 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

2447   9:30a-11:00a TThF   DRSCHR 217   Skrobak Ma F

   Arrange-1 Hour    DRSCHR 219   

2448   12:45p-2:15p MWF   BUNDY 157   Hashimoto Y

   Arrange-1 Hour    DRSCHR 219   

Above section 2448 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

2449   2:30p-4:55p MW   MC 12   Owens Y T

   Arrange-1 Hour    DRSCHR 219   

2450   2:30p-4:55p MW   LA 214   Tsuboi Y

   Arrange-1 Hour    DRSCHR 219   

2451   2:30p-4:55p TTh   BUNDY 157   Kinjo H

   Arrange-1 Hour    DRSCHR 219   

Above section 2451 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

NEW 3325   2:30p-4:55p TTh   DRSCHR 213   Kubo M S

   Arrange-1 Hour    DRSCHR 219   

4261   7:30p-9:55p MW   MC 12   Kubo M S

   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.

2452   9:30a-11:00a TTh   DRSCHR 218   Comrie A K

   9:30a-11:00a F   DRSCHR 211   Comrie A K

   Arrange-1 Hour    DRSCHR 219   

2453   12:45p-2:15p TThF   HSS 203   Nishikawa M

   Arrange-1 Hour    DRSCHR 219   

2454   2:30p-4:55p TTh   HSS 203   Nishikawa M

   Arrange-1 Hour    DRSCHR 219   

4262   5:00p-7:25p TTh   HSS 203   Nishikawa M

   Arrange-1 Hour    DRSCHR 219   

4263   7:30p-9:55p MW   DRSCHR 217   Miura Y

   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.

2455   2:30p-4:55p TTh   HSS 254   Tada K

4264   7:30p-9:55p MW   HSS 156   Takemori K

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.

2456   12:45p-3:10p TTh   DRSCHR 214   Skrobak Ma F

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