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Course Information
Discipline(s): 
Japanese
Terms offered: 
Fall, Spring
Credits: 
2
Language of instruction: 
Japanese
Prerequisites: 

Enrollment in the Japanese Intensive program; Enrollment in JP301 or higher, as determined by on-site placement tests.

Additional student cost: 

Textbook, movie

Description: 

This course aims to assist students to gain Japanese listening comprehension skills in order to become competent at listening to Japanese in various communication situations, such as encounters in every day life in Japan, listening to TV programs (news, drama/amine), and potentially listening to university lectures.
During this course, students will develop listening skills through the use of textbook Japanese: The Spoken Language Part 2 (JSL) and a various types of listening exercises that illuminate Japanese customs, contemporary culture and society.
 

Learning outcomes: 

By the end of the course students will:

  • Acquire the necessary listening ability for every day life in Japan.
  • Be able to understand spoken communication of moderate complexity (news, drama, anime, speeches, music, conversations, etc.) on a wide range of concrete topics as well as abstract topics covered in classes
  • Develop the necessary listening comprehension ability for joining discussions relevant to spoken materials.
  • Develop skills in critically analyze Japanese oral language in contemporary society.

 

Method of presentation: 

During the course period, each class consists of listening to JSL materials, listening comprehension exercises from chosen resources of the week, and questions and discussions about the exercises. In the forth and tenth week, quizzes will be conducted in class. We will have one field study trip to see a Japanese film together in Makuhari area. Students are expected to submit a 2000 word essay on seventh week regarding the use of language in listening to Japanese popular culture. In addition, students will have one presentation toward the end of the semester for which a mini survey of the particular use of language in contemporary Japanese culture is required. This will be either oral presentation or creation of digital media (such as creating a short clip). Students in the Listening Comprehension course are expected to apply their knowledge gained inside and outside the classroom to critically analyze Japanese oral language in various situations.

Required work and form of assessment: 
  • Participation in class activities 35%
  • Essay 15%
  • Quizzes 30%
  • Final Presentation 20% (Total 100%)
content: 

Week

Content

Assignments

Week 1
April 7

Class orientation

Lesson 13 from Jorden, Eleanor. Japanese: The Spoken Language Part 2. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988.

- Interrogative

- Listening practices along with the textbook
 

Part A: Listening to short dialogues 1

- Short dialogues from online materials

- Short dialogues in Japanese drama

- Vocabularies, idioms and expressions in everyday life through drama

- Online listening practices

Week 2
April 14

Lesson 14 from Japanese: The Spoken Language Part 2.

- Predicate

- Listening practices along with the textbook
 

Part A: Listening to short dialogues 2

- Short dialogues from online materials

- Short dialogues in drama
- Vocabularies, idioms and expressions in drama

- Online listening practices

Week 3
April 21

Lesson 15 from Japanese: The Spoken Language Part 2.

- Comparison
- Listening practices along with the textbook

Part A: Listening to short dialogues 3

- Short dialogues from online materials

- Short dialogues in Japanese anime

- Vocabularies, idioms and particular expressions in anime

- Online listening practices

Week 4
April 28

Lesson 16 from Japanese: The Spoken Language Part 2.
- Transitive/Intransitive
- Listening practices along with the textbook

Part A: Listening to short dialogues 4

- Short dialogues in anime

- Vocabularies, idioms and particular expressions in anime

In-Class Quiz * will be marked

- Online listening practices
- Start thinking about the possible topic for an essay

Week 5
May 5

No Class due to public holiday

* Field study trip is tentatively planed on either April 29 or May 11 (Sun) to see a movie Thermae Romae 2 in Makuhari

 

Week 6

May 12

Discussion on the film Thermae Romae 2
- Questions
- Comparative reading of the original comic book and filmic adaptation

Lesson 17 from Japanese: The Spoken Language Part 2.
- Giving/Receiving
- Listening practices along with the textbook

- 2000 word essay

(On the use of language in listening to Japanese pop culture through film Thermae Romae or on any other materials covered in the class)

Week 7
May 19

Lesson 18 from Japanese: The Spoken Language Part 2.
- Polite requests and expressions
- Listening practices along with the textbook

Part B: Listening to long dialogues 1

- Long dialogues in business setting/meeting

- Vocabularies, idioms and expressions

* Essay due

- Online listening practices

- Start thinking about the topic for final presentation

Week 8

May 26

Lesson 19 from Japanese: The Spoken Language Part 2.
- Modifiers
- Listening practices along with the textbook

Part B: Listening to long dialogues 2

- Long dialogues in interview

- Vocabularies, idioms and expressions

- Online listening practices

- Start thinking about the topic for final presentation
- Research

Week 9
June 2

Lesson 20 from Japanese: The Spoken Language Part 2.
- Consulative
- Listening practices along with the textbook

Part B: Listening to long dialogues 3

- Long dialogues in TV news

- Vocabularies, idioms and expressions in news

- Online listening practices

- Start thinking about the topic for final presentation
- Research

Week 10

June 16

Lesson 21 from Japanese: The Spoken Language Part 2.
- Permission, Gerund
- Listening practices along with the textbook

Part B: Listening to long dialogues 4

- Speech/lecture

- How to get the main theme of long speech

In-Class Quiz 2 * will be marked

- Online listening practices

- Prepare a short proposal for final presentation

Week 11

June 23

Lesson 22 from Japanese: The Spoken Language Part 2.
- Negative Permission, Negative Gerund
- Listening practices along with the textbook

Part C: Listening to Japanese music

- Vocabularies, idioms and expressions in J-POP

- Abbreviation and Japanese-English in J-POP

*Hand in proposal for final presentation

- Online listening practices
- Preparation for final presentation

Week 12

June 30

Lesson 23 from Japanese: The Spoken Language Part 2.
- Stem, Particle
- Listening practices along with the textbook

Part C: Listening to Japanese music

- Vocabularies, idioms and expressions

- Dialect in J-POP/Japanese music

- Online listening practices
- Preparation for final presentation

Week 13

July 7

Lesson 24 from Japanese: The Spoken Language Part 2.
- Ending sentences
- Listening practices along with the textbook

Final Presentation

 

 

Required readings: 

Jorden, Eleanor. Japanese: The Spoken Language Part 2. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988.
Jorden, Eleanor. Japanese: The Spoken Language Part 3. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1990.
Audios which accompany Japanese: The Spoken Language, Part 2 & Part 3.

Notes: 

**This course is currently being updated and is subject to change**