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Queen's University

JAPN 100 - Introductory Japanese I

Fall/Winter 2014-2015

This course is for students who have no previous knowledge of the Japanese language.

Those who have taken Japanese should consult with the instructor to be placed in to the appropriate level.

Instructor: Aoki, Keiko
Tutor: Takasaki, Mayu

Required Textbooks

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  • Fall: Nakama 1a (Second Edition) Student Text with IN-Text CD and Student Activities Manual (SAM) : Houghton Mifflin.
  • Winter: Nakama 1b (Second edition) Student Text with IN-Text CD and SAM : Houghton Mifflin.
  • Chapters 1 to 10 will be covered in this course.
  • Supplementary materials are available on Moodle.

Go to: Campus Bookstore at Queen's University

Course Outline and Objectives

This course, designed around the proficiency-oriented approach, introduces the basic structure and usage of Japanese language as well as various aspects of Japanese culture to students with no background in the language. Four skills--listening, speaking, reading, and writing--are taught in an integrated manner through communicative tasks. The drill class will be primarily conducted in Japanese. You are encouraged to respond to and ask questions in Japanese as much as possible. Reading and writing will be introduced from the beginning of the course. You will learn all Hiragana (46 basic letters) by the end of the 3rd week, and Katakana (another set of 46 letters) by the end of the 6th week. 15 Kanji (Chinese characters used in Japanese) will be introduced in Fall; 80 more Kanji will be introduced in Winter.

After successful completion of this course, students are expected to reach a level A1 (Basic User) based on CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) or Novice Mid to High based on ACTFL Proficiency Scale.


Item Weight in Fall term Weight in Winter term
Attendance & Class Performance
5% 5%
Quizzes 5% 10%
Chapter Tests
15% 15%
Speech contest --- 5%
Oral Exam 5% 5%
Final Exam (April) --- 30%

Your Responsibilities

You are expected to spend 1 hour outside of class each day for this course. Do not think that you can catch up by studying just before the exam. A steady accumulation is the key to success in language learning.

Look at the weekly schedule and prepare for class at home. Before we start a new lesson in class, you should :

  1. Memorize new words. New words are listed in the "Vocabulary Practice" section of each chapter. Making flashcards will help to memorize words and symbols (hiragana, katakana, and kanji).
  2. Read the pertinent explanations in the Grammar section in order to understand the grammar points.
  3. Listen to the Dialogue and check if you understand it fully. You may open the textbook if you don't understand something. Then, imitate the models closely (pronunciation, accent, intonation, speed, etc.).

It is advisable that you listen to the audio frequently, and it works best if you distribute the listening time over the course of the week.
Active participation is another key to success in this course. Prepare well at home and participate actively in class. Don't be afraid of making errors. It is just a part of learning a language.

For Tutorial class, study Grammar-Check sheet at home and bring answers to class. You may bring questions for discussion. The rest of class time will be allocated for Lab Activities (SAM).

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You are expected to attend all classes and to be punctual. The nature of language learning is such that missing even one class will be detrimental to your progress. If you have to be absent from a class, please let me know beforehand if possible, so that we can arrange for your work to be made up.

If you miss more than one fourth of the classes for a semester (or over the full academic year), without a proper written explanation, the term mark before the final exam (or semester exam in December) automatically become 49%

Academic Misconduct

Academic integrity is constituted by the five core fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility (see These values are central to the building, nurturing and sustaining of an academic community in which all members of the com4munity will thrive. Adherence to the values expressed through academic integrity forms a foundation for the "freedom of inquiry and exchange of ideas" essential to the intellectual life of the University (see the Senate Report on Principles and Priorities

Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the regulations concerning academic integrity and for ensuring that their assignments conform to the principles of academic integrity. Information on academic integrity is available in the Arts and Science Calendar (see Academic Regulation 1, on the Arts and Science website (see, and from the instructor of this course. Departures from academic integrity include plagiarism, use of unauthorized materials, facilitation, forgery and falsification, and are antithetical to the development of an academic community at Queen's. Given the seriousness of these matters, actions which contravene the regulation on academic integrity carry sanctions that can range from a warning or the loss of grades on an assignment to the failure of a course to a requirement to withdraw from the university.

Other Remarks

  1. All homework assignments are due the next class.
  2. Copying someone else's homework is considered to be cheating in this course. Allowing someone to copy yours will also result in downgrading. Machine translation is also not allowed. The purpose of writing is to review and practice utilizing what you have learned so far, and it should show how much you, not someone else, have become proficient in the language.
  4. NO MAKE-UP QUIZ OR EXAM is given without the instructor's prior approval. Make-ups will be arranged only when there is a medical or academic excuse. Please provide a dated official document in a timely manner (i.e. before expected absence or immediately after unexpected absence).

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