Summer 2021 - JAPN 100 D300

Introduction to Japanese I (3)

Class Number: 4425

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We, Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM



A comprehensive introduction to the Japanese language providing basic oral and written communication skills through an emphasis on vocabulary, grammar, and culture. The three Japanese writing systems will also be introduced (Hiragana and Katakana for production; some Kanji for recognition only). Students with previous knowledge of Japanese should not enrol in this course without consulting a Japanese instructor.


This course aims to comprehend basic grammar points and vocabulary and establish basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing proficiency. Emphasis is also placed on learning vocabulary and grammar in specific cultural contexts. The course covers the first six lessons of the textbook "GENKI vol. 1" (3rd edition). Students are required to learn both Hiragana and Katakana in the first few lessons and learn Kanji starting Lesson 3 of the textbook. In order to reinforce proficiency, students are expected to preview and review the content of the textbook.


  • Tutorials start in week one and all students are required to attend the first tutorial.
  • The tutorials will be offered in synchronous (live) sessions that require students’ attendance.


Those with any prior knowledge in Japanese language beyond the level of the course may not register.

Particularly, the following students will not be permitted to take Japanese 100:

  • Those who have taken a Japanese language course(s) in their Secondary schools within the past one year from the point of registration.
  • Those who earned 80% or higher average grades in Japanese language course(s) in their Secondary schools within the past two years from the point of registration.
  • Those who speak Japanese at home with Japanese parents or relatives (native Japanese speakers)

Students with any prior knowledge Japanese must contact the course chair <> to receive advice on their enrollment before registering in the course. The Japanese language courses at SFU are currently designed only for non-heritage students. The failure to report previous knowledge of Japanese may result in a withdrawal from the course.


  • In-class Quizzes 15%
  • Online Quizzes 10%
  • Writing practice 12%
  • Workbook 6%
  • Midterm & Oral exam 1 16%
  • Short presentation & Peer evaluation 8%
  • Final exam & Oral exam 2 28%
  • Attendance and in-class performance 5%


Grading Scale

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 I Textbook [3rd Edition]. The Japan Times, 2020. ISBN-10: 4789017303
  • Banno, E., Y. Ohno, Y. Sakane, and C. Shinagawa, eds. GENKI Volume I, Workbook: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese [3rd Edition]. The Japan Times, 2020. ISBN-10: 4789017311

*The Kindle versions are available on Amazon US and Japan.


RECOMMENDED READING: Makino, Seiich and Michino Tsutsui. A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar. The Japan Times, 1989. ISBN: 978-4789004541

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112).