Fall 2021 - JAPN 210 D100

Japanese IV (3)

Class Number: 7174

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We, Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    WMC 3515, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    JAPN 200 or equivalent.



Follows JAPN 200. Provides a solid foundation in Japanese through oral and written communicative skills and prepares students for the intermediate level. Common grammatical structures and forms are introduced. At the completion of the course, students should be able to function in day-to-day conversations using Japanese and attain proficiency equivalent to the level N4 Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Students with credit for JAPN 201 may not take this course for further credit.


Tutorials start in week one and all students are required to attend the first tutorial.

This course will cover Lessons 18 to 23 of the textbook, GENKI volume II (3rd edition). The goal of the course is to further develop students’ communicative competence in listening, speaking, reading, and writing of modern Japanese. The course will also assist students to communicate in Japanese with a deeper socio-cultural knowledge. In order to gain communicative competence in socio-culturally acceptable ways, students practice sentences and dialogues using grammatical items and vocabulary learned throughout the course. 93 kanji will also be introduced.


This course is not designed for students whose first language is Japanese. Students who have: 1) taken (a) second-year or higher level Japanese course(s) in a university or other institutions (except JAPN 200 or equivalent); 2) lived in Japan or grown up in a Japanese-speaking environment; or 3) had other experiences learning Japanese must contact the instructor ria3@sfu.ca for placement before registering in the course.

All the Japanese language courses at SFU are currently designed only for non-heritage learners. Heritage language learners who have native or near native speaking ability in Japanese but still are strongly interested in taking any courses should consult the instructor before registering.


  • Weekly Quizzes (including listening) 15%
  • Written Exam I & II (including listening) 30%
  • Oral Exam 10%
  • Presentation 15%
  • Homework 10%
  • Writing Assignments 12%
  • Attendance/Participation 8%



100 – 96 = A+             86 – 83 = B+               74 –70 = C+                58 – 50 = D

  95 – 91 = A               82 – 79 = B                 69 – 65 = C                 49 – 0 = F

  90 – 87 = A-              78 – 75 = B-                64 – 59 = C-



Banno, E., Y. Ohno, Y. Sakane, and C. Shinagawa, eds. GENKI: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese II Textbook [third edition]. The Japan Times, 2020. ISBN-13 : 978-4789017329

Banno, E., Y. Ohno, Y. Sakane, and C. Shinagawa, eds. GENKI: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese II Workbook [third edition]. The Japan Times, 2020. ISBN-13 : 978-4789017336

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