Spring 2024 - JAPN 100 D100

Japanese I (3)

Class Number: 5759

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Tue, Thu, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 19, 2024
    Fri, 3:30–6:30 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.


PLACEMENT: The following students will not be permitted to take Japanese 100; 1) Those who speak Japanese at home with Japanese parents (a native speaker of Japanese) 2) Those who have taken a Japanese language course(s) in their Secondary schools within the past

one year from the point of registration. 3) Those who earned 80% or higher average grade in Japanese language course(s) in their

Secondary schools within the past two years from the point of registration.

Students with any prior knowledge Japanese must contact the course chair ntakei@sfu.ca to receive permission before registering in the course. The failure to report previous knowledge of Japanese may result in a withdrawal from the course.


  • Quizzes 20%
  • Writing Practice 15%
  • Midterm & Oral Exam 1 20%
  • Final & Oral Exam 2 35%
  • Workbook & 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-



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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Registrar Notes:


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