Spring 2022 - JAPN 210 D100

Japanese IV (3)

Class Number: 7428

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We, Fr 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

  • 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.


IMPORTANT: This course will be delivered remotely on Zoom with no on-campus instruction.

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

This course is a continuation of JAPN 200 and the second half of the second-year Japanese. It mainly covers L18 to L23 in the textbook, Genki Volume II, and is designed to provide students with a solid foundation of oral and written communicative skills as the preparation for the intermediate level of Japanese. Nearly 100 Kanji characters are introduced in the course, as well as common grammatical structures, such as the honorific, passive and causative forms. At the completion of the course, students should be able to function in day-to-day conversations using Japanese, and be able to pass the level N4 Japanese Language Proficiency Test (Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken).

*All the tutorials will be offered as synchronous (live sessions), which require student’s full attendance during the scheduled class time.

PREREQUISITE: JAPN 200 or permission from the department

PLACEMENT: Those with any prior knowledge in Japanese language beyond the level of the course may not register. Students with any prior knowledge of Japanese must contact the course chair <cfurukaw@sfu.ca> to have a placement interview before registering in the course. The failure to report previous knowledge of Japanese may result in a withdrawal from  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.


  • Quizzes 10%
  • Written exam 1 & 2 (15 % x2) 30%
  • Correction of Written exam 1 and the self-feedback sheet 3%
  • Oral exam 1 & 2 (6 % x2) 12%
  • Workbook (At the end of each lesson) 10%
  • Reading & Writing content questions (At the end of each lesson) 10%
  • Dialogue assignment (At the end of each lesson) 10%
  • Speech 5%
  • Attendance and in-class performance 10%



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

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

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


*Grades are based on individual students’ achievement and not on comparison with other students.



REQUIRED TEXTS (Kindle versions are available in Amazon Japan and Amazon USA.)

-Genki volume II: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese, 3rd editionby E. Banno, Y. Ohno, Y. Sakane & C.Shinagawa. The Japan Times 2020.  

-Genki volume II, Workbook: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese, 3rd edition, by E. Banno, Y. Ohno, Y. Sakane & C.Shinagawa. The Japan Times 2020.

Makino, Seiich and Michino Tsutsui. A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar. The Japan Times, 1989

ISBN: 978-4-7890-0454-6

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