Spring 2023 - JAPN 301 D100

Intermediate Japanese II (3)

Class Number: 7609

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

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

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

  • Prerequisites:

    JAPN 300 or by permission of the department.



Comprehension of intellectually oriented materials, processing information needed for judgment and decision making, and expression of inner feelings and thoughts.


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

This course will continue to develop communicative skills in Japanese for the students who have established a fundamental grammar knowledge in Japanese language. The course textbook provides ample authentic conversation and speech models in different topics. While each topic introduces an extensive amount of new vocabulary, students are encouraged to build strategies that allow them to accomplish tasks by picking up necessary information, instead of understating every single word. The textbook is guided by the JF standards for Japanese Language Education and follows its can-do lists to measure the level and the course outcomes. The level of this textbook is B1 and it is described as follows (https://jfstandard.jp/summaryen/ja/render.do):

  • Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, lecture etc.
  • Can deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
  • Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

While the textbook is heavily focused on speaking and listening practices, additional course materials will be provided for reading and writing practices.

Students with the Japanese language abilities beyond or below the level of the course may not register.  Students who have completed 351 or students who have not taken 300 may register but must receive course placement by the course chair prior to registering. Contact cfurukaw@sfu.ca to obtain a permission or arrange a placement interview.


By the end of the semester, students in this course will

  • be able to read authentic materials on topics in different genres and understand the main idea, supporting details and argumentative structure, as well as the author’s perspective, and be able to provide an oral and written summary or reaction in Japanese;
  • be able to make a reasonable argument and demonstrate own opinions both in writing and speaking, based on what were learned through the reading materials in the textbook and through individual research;
  • be able to establish an individual study style for extensive learning, by effectively using various Japanese language resources, including papers and electronic dictionaries and online resources;
  • be able to conduct basic independent research on assigned topics and present findings in both oral and written Japanese.


  • Quizzes 12%
  • Written exam 1 & 2 (12 % +13%) 25%
  • Correction of Written exam 1 and the self-feedback sheet 2%
  • Oral exam 1 & 2 (7 % +8%) 15%
  • Assignments 16%
  • Short speech 5%
  • Project 15%
  • 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%



Marugoto: Japanese language and culture Intermediate 2 B1 by Japan Foundations. Sanshusha.



A Dictionary of Beginning Japanese Grammar by Makino, S. & M. Tsutsui.  Japan Times.

A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar by Makino, S. & M. Tsutsui.  Japan Times.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


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