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Queen's University

JAPN302 - Intermediate Japanese II

Winter 2015

日本語302  (Intermediate Japanese II)

Class schedule and classroom

火曜日         12:30-1:30        KIN 205

水曜日         12:30-1:30        KIN Lab B (漢字テスト、速読、ビデオ、作文)

木曜日         11:30-12:30      KIN 205

金曜日         1:30-2:30          KIN 205

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


青木恵子(あおき けいこ)   (KIN 402)  オフィス・アワー: 火9:30-10:30, 木9:30-11:00 or by appointment

電話番号: 613-533-6924

Tutor: 高崎麻由(たかさき まゆ) 

Textbook and supplementary materials

  • Akira Miura and Naomi McGloin, 「中級の日本語 改訂版(かいていばん)」 An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese (IJ) [Revised Edition]: The Japan Times.  Lessons from 5 to 10 will be covered in this course.
  • Authentic materials including online resources, Japanese videos and movies.
  • Other supplementary materials are available on Moodle.

Recommended Supplementary Materials

  • Eri Banno,Kanji Look and Learn Text: The Japan Times.
  • Eri Banno, Kanji Look and Learn Workbook: The Japan Times.

Course outline

This course is designed for students who have completed JAPN301 or approximately 250 hours of formal training in Japanese. Four skills—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—are taught in an integrated manner through contextualized, personalized communicative tasks. In addition to the materials provided by the textbook, authentic materials will be incorporated into the instruction. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Speak in short yet sustained dialogues to perform basic communicative functions;
  2. Read and understand short essays and stories;
  3. Write memos and letters as well as compositions;
  4. Understand and to switch styles and levels of speech accordingly, e.g., written and spoken styles, formal and informal speeches, men's and women's speeches, and "敬語(けいご)";
  5. Understand various aspects of Japanese culture; and
  6. Develop analytical and critical thinking skills.


Item Weight
Attendance and Class Performance 10%
Homework 5%
Vocabulary and Kanij Quizzes 10%
Sakubun (4 compositions)
Blog project with McGill U and U of Manitoba 5%
Project work (paper and oral presentation)


2 Lessons Exams (IJ Chapters 5&6, 7&8)

Oral Exam (given during the 12th week)

Final Exam (2 hours, given during the exam week)





All components of this course will receive numerical percentage marks.  The final grade you receive for the course will be derived by converting your numerical course average to a letter grade according to Queen’s Official Grade Conversion Scale:

Queen’s Official Grade Conversion Scale






A+ 90-100
A 85-89
A- 80-84
B+ 77-79
B 73-76
B- 70-72
C+ 67-69
C 63-66
C- 60-62
D+ 57-59
D 53-56
D- 50-52
F 49 and below


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, review the material and do the assigned homework. All homework assignments are due the next class. 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.


      Teaching method Average hours per week Numbers of weeks Total hours







      In-class hours

      Lectures 3 12 36
      Tutorials 1 12 12
      Group learning
      Individual instruction



      Online activities
      Private study 6 12 72
      Total learning hours 120

      Academic Integrity

      -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. 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.

      -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.

      Copyright of Course Materials

      The course material is copyrighted and is for the sole use of students registered in JAPN302. The material shall not be distributed or disseminated to anyone other than students registered in JAPN302. 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.

      Other remarks

      1) は日本語でします。の時は英語で質問(しつもん)してもいいです。

      2) 教室では、食べたり飲んだりしてはいけません。ガムもだめです。ぼうしをかぶらないでください。

      3) 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).                                                    


      Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000