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Queen's University

JAPN 200 - Introductory Japanese II

Fall/Winter 2014-2015

Instructor: Takasaki, Mayu
Tutor: Aoki, Keiko

Course Outline

This course is designed for students who have basic Japanese language proficiency acquired through Japanese 100 or its equivalent (i.e. 100 hours of introductory Japanese). The course seeks the simultaneous progression of four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) as well as becoming familiar with aspects of Japanese culture and conducts (e.g. greetings, gestures, attentiveness) that are necessary for language competence. Approximately 160 new Kanji will be introduced. 

By the end of the course, students are expected to have a solid grasp of the basic grammar and to be able to;
- communicate one's views and carry on conversations on a variety of familiar topics in uncomplicated situations.
- understand ideas and most details on familiar topics expressed through a series of simple sentences in communication, through some form of media, and through text.
- describe experiences, events, and opinions, in multiple simple sentences in speaking or in writing.


[image of cover page of the texbook nakama1b] Nakama 1b by Hatasa, Hatasa, Makino  (HEINELE CENGAGE)

Nakama 1b SAM (Student Activity Manual) Second Edition

Nakama 1b Student Audio CD-ROM




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Course Reader (available at the campus bookstore)

Nakama 2 SAM Custom Publication (available at the campus bookstore)




Recommended Reading Materials

Fundamentals of Japanese Grammar: Comprehensive Acquisition by Johnson, Yuki (University of Hawai'i Press, 2007.)
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A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar by Makino, Seiichi and Tsutsui, Michio (Japan Times Press, 1986)
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A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar by Makino, Seiichi and Tsutsui, Michio (Japan Times Press, 1995)
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Remembering Kanji by James W Heisig (Japan Publications Trading Co. 2001)
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Kanji isn't that hard! byTakebe, Yoshiaki (ALC Press)
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Nakama Companion site (includes in-text audio files & SAM audio files)
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Item Weight
Term exams (average of 3 tests) 25%
Final exam (Final exam period) 30%
2 Oral exams 10%
Weekly Quizzes 15%
Writing assignments 5%
Regular assignments 2%
Skype project 3%
Interview project 5%
Attendance/Class participation/Grammar check 5%

Please check your grades regularly on Moodle.

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Interview Project

Two opportunities to interview Japanese people will be arranged for you (October and February). For the second one, you are expected to find a theme for your interview and to prepare questions to deepen your knowledge about the theme. The interview project also consists of a presentation in class, using PowerPoint, about what you have learned from the interview, as well as submission of the PowerPoint file. Details will be discussed in class.

eTandem Project

You will be matched with a Japanese student in Japan and encouraged to talk with her/him over VOIP (Skype) once a week or so. Detail will be discussed in class.


Attendance and punctuality in both lecture and tutorial are absolutely mandatory.  If you have to be absent from a class, please let instructor know beforehand every time, so that we can arrange for your work to be made up, as well as your absence to be counted properly . Absence without legitimate reason will result in receiving no grade for missed assignments, tests or quizzes, as well as losing 0.5% of your mark each time.  


  1. If another course is overlapping with JPN200, you must choose one course over the other.
  2. Make up quizzes will not be given without the instructor's PRIOR permission . If you occur to have to miss a class, please provide legitimate reason with a dated official document in advance. With a legitimate reason and enough time allowance, make-up quizzes may be arranged.
  3. Assignments should be submitted in class or by email on the due date. Please submit by one hour after the class at the latest. Any point will be given to late assignment.
  4. No food, drinks, chewing gum, or caps in class.
  5. Use of cellphone and laptop in the classroom should be restrained, except for presentations. When the use of cellphone is spotted in class, it will be factored into your class participation.

Emailing manner

When you are contacting the instructor by email, make sure to write your name. Also it’s an important manner to write a short message even when you are only sending a file. Write in Japanese whenever possible.

Your responsibility

As only the accumulation of daily effort can accomplish language learning, you are expected to spend 1-2 hours outside of class for preparation and review of each class. For preparation, check the weekly schedule, memorize the new words of the chapter before we start a new lesson in class, and read the grammatical explanations. Listening to the Audio files are also recommended.

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, 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.

The material on this website is copyrighted and is for the sole use of students registered in JAPN 200. The material on this website may be downloaded for a registered student’s personal use, but shall not be distributed or disseminated to anyone other than students registered in JAPN 200. Failure to abide by these conditions is a breach of copyright, and may also constitute a breach of academic integrity under the University Senate’s Academic Integrity Policy Statement.

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