Summer 2023 - JAPN 100 D300

Japanese I (3)

Class Number: 4163

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 8 – Aug 4, 2023: Wed, Fri, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 16, 2023
    Wed, 7:00–10:00 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 course should cover the first 6 lessons in the textbook GENKI volume I.  In the first few lessons, students are required to learn both Hiragana and Katakana. Furthermore, a Kanji will be introduced from L 3 to L6. The goal of this course is to comprehend basic grammar points and vocabulary to establish basic speaking and listening abilities. Since each lesson takes approximately 8 hours on average to complete, its workbook should be mainly used as homework except the listening sections in order to reinforce the students’ ability to understand grammars and increase vocabulary. 

NOTE: Tutorials start in week one and all students are required to attend the first. Failure to attend the first week of classes will result in withdrawal from the course.


  • Quizzes 20%
  • Writing Practice 15%
  • Midterm & Oral Exam #1 20%
  • Final & Oral Exam #2 35%
  • Workbook & Class Performance 10%



Quizzes                                                20%                               Final & Oral Exam #2                               35%
Writing Practice                                     15%                             Workbook & Class Performance               10%

Midterm & Oral Exam #1                        20%                                                                                                                          



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 Volume I: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese. The Japan Times, 2020 (3rd Edition).
ISBN: 978-4789017305

Banno, E., Y. Ohno, Y. Sakane, and C. Shinagawa, eds. GENKI Volume I, Workbook: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese. The Japan Times, 2020 (3rd Edition).  

ISBN: 978-4789017312


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