Japanese (JPAN)

JPAN 001 Introduction to Spoken Japanese I

Intended for students who have no Japanese background. The major emphasis is on oral communication skills, although some reading and writing instructions are given. Japanese pop-culture will also be incorporated. Prerequisite: See LPS Course Guide. **This course does not fulfill the language requirements the College.

Course usually offered in fall term

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

Notes: See LPS Course Guide. **This course does not fulfill the language requirement in the College.

JPAN 002 Introduction to Spoken Japanese II

Although some reading/writing instruction is given, the major emphasis is on oral communication skill. Prerequisite: See LPS Course Guide. **This course does fulfill the language requirement the College.

Course usually offered in spring term

Prerequisite: JPAN 001

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

Notes: See LPS Course Guide. **This course does not fulfill the language requirement in the College.

JPAN 011 Beginning Japanese I

Intended for students who have no Japanese background. All four skills, speaking/listening/writing/reading, are equally emphasized. Hiragana/Katakana (Two sets of Japanese syllabic letters) and some Chinese characters (Kanji) are introduced. Textbooks: Genki I (Lesson 1- Lesson 7). Kanji: reproduction-approx.70/recognitio-approx.110

For BA Students: Language Course

Course usually offered in fall term

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

JPAN 012 Beginning Japanese II

A continuation of Beginning Japanese I, this course continues the introduction of the Japanese language. All four skills, speaking/listening/writing/reading, are equally emphasized. Hiragana/Katakana (Two sets of Japanese syllabic letters) and some Chinese characters (Kanji) are introduced. Textbooks: Genki I (Lesson 8- Lesson 12) and Genki II (Lesson 13- Lesson 14)Kanji: reproduction-approx. 170/recognition-approx.250

For BA Students: Language Course

Course usually offered in spring term

Prerequisite: JPAN 011

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

JPAN 021 Intensive Beginning Japanese I

Intended for students who have little or no background in Japanese who wish to finish the language requirement in one year. This is equivalent to Beginning Japanese I & II in one semester, 2 CU. Textbooks: Genki I (Lesson 1-Lesson 12) and Genki II (Lesson 13-Lesson 14) Kanji: reproduction-approx.170/recognitio-approx.250

For BA Students: Language Course

Course usually offered in fall term

Activity: Lecture

2.0 Course Units

JPAN 022 Intensive Beginning Japanese II

A continuation of Intensive Beginning Japanese I, this class is equivalent to Beginning Japanese III and Beginning Japanese IV in one semester, 2CU, and completes the College language requirement. Textbooks: Genki II (Lesson 13- Lesson 23) and Tobira: Gate way to Advanced Japanese (Unit 1-Unit 3) Kanji: Approximately 140 new Kanji will be introduced. Overall Kanji knowledge will be about approx. 400.

For BA Students: Last Language Course

Course usually offered in spring term

Prerequisite: JPAN 012 OR JPAN 021

Activity: Lecture

2.0 Course Units

JPAN 111 Beginning Japanese III

This course is a continuation of Beginning Japanese II and focuses on the development of the elementary grammatical structures of the Japanese language through aural-oral practices. The course also aims to develop the four basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course also introduces aspects of Japanese culture and customs, knowledge that is necessary for behaving in a socio-culturally appropriate manner. Students will learn and practice skills to communicate in situations they might face in real life. Example topics and functions are travel, part-time job, work, asking for favors, asking permission, stating your intension/opinion, reporting what you heard, and various speech styles including Keigo (respectful speech).Textbooks: Genki II (Lesson 15- Lesson 21) will be covered, and around 100 new Kanji will be introduced. Overall kanji knowledge will be 286.

For BA Students: Language Course

Course usually offered in fall term

Prerequisite: JPAN 012 OR JPAN 021

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

JPAN 112 Beginning Japanese IV

Prerequisites: Completion of JPAN 111 or the equivalent This course completes the College language requirement. Textbooks: Genki II (Lesson 22- Lesson 23)and Tobira: Gate way to Advanced Japanese (Unit 1-Unit 3) Kanji: Approximately 140 new Kanji will be introduced. Overall Kanji knowledge will be about approx. 400.

For BA Students: Last Language Course

Course usually offered in spring term

Prerequisite: JPAN 111

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

JPAN 211 Intermediate Japanese I

A continuation of Japanese language beyond the language requirement. Textbooks: Tobira: Gateway to Advanced Japanese (Unit 4-Unit 8) Kanji:reproduction-approx.400/recognitio-approx.550

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

Course usually offered in fall term

Prerequisite: JPAN 112 or JPAN 022

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

JPAN 212 Intermediate Japanese II

A continuation of Japanese language at the intermediate level. Textbooks: Tobira: Gateway to Advanced Japanese (Unit 9-Unit 15) Kanji: reproduction-approx.470/recognitio-approx.650

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

Course usually offered in spring term

Prerequisite: JPAN 211

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

JPAN 311 Intermediate Japanese III

This course is a continuation of Japanese language at the upper intermediate level, and authentic materials and video clips will be used.

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

Taught by: Takami

Course usually offered in fall term

Prerequisite: JPAN 212

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

JPAN 312 Intermediate Japanese IV

PREREQUISITES Completion of JPAN 311 or the equivalent. Authentic materials and video clips will be used

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

Taught by: Takami

Course usually offered in spring term

Prerequisite: JPAN 311

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

JPAN 381 Japanese for the Professions

An intermediate level course of Japanese language focusing on workplace-related topics. Intended for students who will use Japanese in the professions. Textbook: Powering Up Your Japanese Through Case Studies: Intermediate and Advanced Japanese. Prerequisite: Offered through Penn Language Center.

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

Taught by: Takami

Course usually offered in fall term

Prerequisite: JPAN 212

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

Notes: Offered through Penn Language Center.

JPAN 382 Japanese for the Professions II

An intermediate level course of Japanese language focusing on workplace-related topics. Intended for students who will use Japanese in the professions. Textbook: Powering Up Your Japanese through Case Studies: Intermediate and Advanced Japanese. Prerequisite: Offered through the Penn Language Center.

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

Taught by: Takami

Course usually offered in spring term

Prerequisite: JPAN 381

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

Notes: Offered through the Penn Language Center

JPAN 411 Advanced Japanese I

Minimum 600 - 700 kanji knowledge is expected. A continuation of Japanese language beyond the intermediate level.

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

Course usually offered in fall term

Prerequisite: JPAN 312 OR JPAN 382

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

JPAN 412 Advanced Japanese II

A continuation of Japanese language at the advanced level. Authentic materials and video clips will be used.

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

Course usually offered in spring term

Prerequisite: JPAN 411

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

JPAN 481 Advanced Japanese for Proficiency I

This course is for students with an advanced background in Japanese, who are interested in taking at least the Level 2 Japanese Proficiency Test. Solid grammar, an extensive vocabulary, and the knowledge of at least 800-900 Chinese characters is required. This course is not continuous with any existing intermediate or advanced-level Japanese course; therefore, your grade from any of those courses does not qualify you to take this class. Eligibility will be determined through an interview and placement test taken in the first meeting. All students who take this course are required to take the Japanese Proficiency Test in December. Since the JLPT is administered in December every year, if you wish to fully prepare for the test, the instructor strongly recommends that you take Advanced Proficiency II in the same calendar year. For example, if you plan to take the test in December, take Advanced Proficiency II the prior spring and take Advanced Proficiency I in the fall. Different from other courses, this full-year course begins in the spring and ends in the fall, because the test is given in December. However, participation in 482 is optional.

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

Course usually offered in fall term

Prerequisite: JPAN 312 OR JPAN 382

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

Notes: Offered through Penn Language Center.

JPAN 482 Advanced Japanese for Proficiency II

This course is for students with an advanced-low or advanced-mid background in Japanese, aiming to strengthen the four language skills (speaking, reading, writing, and listening) and to deepen their understanding of Japanese culture. The class will use authentic Japanese through media, such as newspapers, television, and articles, regarding Japanese culture and society as well as current news. Students will narrate, describe, and express their opinions with details, examples, and strong reasoning, using sophisticated terms and phrases related such topics. Prerequisite: Japanese proficiency test and permission of instructor. Offered through the Penn Language Center.

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

Course usually offered in spring term

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

JPAN 491 Readings in Classical Japanese I

Readings in classical texts drawn from the Heian, Kamakura, Muromachi, and Edo periods. Introduction to the different styles of classical Japanese, and to classical Japanese as a whole.

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

Taught by: Chance, L.

Course usually offered in fall term

Also Offered As: EALC 251, EALC 651

Prerequisite: JPAN 212

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

JPAN 511 Readings in Advanced Japanese

Readings in advanced literary and journalistic texts written in modern Japanese.

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

Course usually offered in fall term

Prerequisite: JPAN 412

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

JPAN 512 Readings Advanced Japanese II

Readings in advanced literary and journalistic texts written in modern Japanese.

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

Course usually offered in spring term

Prerequisite: JPAN 511

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

JPAN 515 Japanese-English Translation

In this course, students learn basic techniques and skills in translation through hands-on practices. Depending on the interests of enrolled students, both literary and non-literary texts are drawn from a wide range of fields, including popular culture (e.g. manga, animation, film, game, music, and short story), religion, law, and medicine. As students read papers pertinent to principles and problems of translation from Japanese to English, they acquire practical experience in translation tasks and approaches, learn cultural and communicative differences between Japanese and English, and familiarize themselves with ethics and resources.

Taught by: Nishimura

Course usually offered in fall term

Prerequisite: JPAN 412

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit