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Queen's University

JAPN 301 - Intermediate Japanese I


Those who have a conflict with any of the four sessions will not be allowed to enroll.

Instructor: 青木恵子 Aoki, Keiko
Tutor: 高崎麻由 Takasaki, Mayu 

Course Outline and Objectives

This course is designed around the philosophy of Proficiency-Oriented Approach. Four skills-listening, speaking, reading, and writing-are taught in an integrated manner through contextualized, personalized communicative tasks. The goals of the course include:

  1.  Review and reinforcement of basic grammar;
  2.  Expansion of vocabulary and expressions;
  3.  Ability to speak in short yet sustained dialogues to perform basic communicative functions;  
  4. Ability to read and understand short essays and stories;
  5.  Ability to write memos and letters as well as short compositions;
  6.  Development of the awareness of different styles and levels of speech, e.g. written & spoken styles, formal & informal speech, men's & women's speech, and "敬語(けいご)"
  7. Understanding various aspects of Japanese culture.

Upon successful compeletion of this course, students are expected to reach a level of B1 (Independent User) on CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) or Intermediate Lowto Intermediate Mid on the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.


Textbook and Supplementary Materials

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  • Akira Miura and Naomi H. McGloin, 「中級の日本語 改訂版」 An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese (IJ) [Revised Edition]: The Japan Times.
  • Japanese videos & movies


Recommended Supplementary Materials

  • Eri Banno, Kanji Look and Learn Text: The Japan Times.
  • Eri Banno, Kanji Look and Learn Workbook: The Japan Times.
  • Other supplementary materials are available on Moodle. 



 Item Weight
Attendance and Class Performance
Homework 5%
Vocabulary and Kanij Quizzes 10%
Sakubun 10%
Project work
Exams Total 60%
4 Lesson Exams ( Nakama 2, IJ chapters 1, 2 and 3)
Oral Exam
Final Exam (2-hour exam scheduled during the regular exam period)

Your Responsibilities

  • Before class:
  1. Memorize new vocabulary and kanji;
  2. Read the related grammar explanation carefully;
  3. Listen to the audio and read the textbook aloud along with it, and imitate the native speaker's pronunciation, intonation, and speed. The audio can be used as a listening comprehension material, also. It is essential to do these exercises by yourself in order to develop accuracy and fluency.
  • After class:
  1. Review the material and do the assigned homework. All homework assignments are due the next class.
  2. Copying somebody else's homework is considered to be cheating in this course. Letting someone copy yours will also result in downgrading.
  • 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 Integrity

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 community 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

  •  There will be no make-up quizzes or exams without legitimate reason (e.g. illness, attending a conference or job interview, etc.) Please note, you will be required to provide us with a dated official document in a timely manner. (i.e. before expected absence or immediately after unexpected absence)

  • It is not permissible to have your essays (as well as homework assignments) checked by others. 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.

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