Spring 2023 - JAPN 100 D400

Japanese I (3)

Class Number: 7404

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 4 – Apr 11, 2023: Wed, Fri, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.



Introduction to Japanese for students with no background in that language. Introduces basic oral and written skills, and the three Japanese writing systems (Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji). Students who took Japanese courses in secondary school and/or with previous knowledge of Japanese may need to be evaluated for placement into JAPN 110 or higher level of courses and are required to contact the instructor before enrollment. Students enrolled directly into JAPN 110 may not take this course for credit.



The goal of this course is to comprehend basic grammar points and vocabulary to establish basic speaking, writing, reading and listening abilities. Learning vocabulary and grammar in specific cultural contexts is particularly emphasized. The course covers the first 6 lessons in the textbook Genki volume I.  In the first few lessons, students are required to learn both Hiragana and Katakana. Kanji will be introduced from Lesson 3.


  • Tutorials start in week one and all students are required to attend the first tutorial.
  • The tutorials will be offered mostly in synchronous (live) sessions that require students’ attendance. Some parts (About 40 minutes per week) will be asynchronous, where students watch lecture videos and complete assignments. Students are still expected to be available during the set scheduled class times.
  • There will be no final exam during the final exam period.


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 speak Japanese at home (= a native speaker of Japanese).
  • Those who have taken a Japanese language course(s) in their secondary schools or ther 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.

ALL the students with any prior knowledge of Japanese must contact the course chair cfurukaw@sfu.ca to receive advice on their enrollment BEFORE registering for the course. The failure to report previous knowledge of Japanese may result in a withdrawal from the course.  


  • Quizzes 12%
  • Written exam 1 & 2 (14 %+16 %) 30%
  • Correction of Written exam I and the self-feedback sheet 3%
  • Oral exam 1 & 2 (7 % + 8 %) 15%
  • Workbook (At the end of each lesson) 8%
  • Writing practice & Reading assignment(At the end of each lesson) 15%
  • Dialogue assignment (At the end of each lesson) 7%
  • Attendance and in-class performance 10%



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-

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



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.

A digital version is also available at:https://honto.jp/


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Registrar Notes:


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