Course Description 

 

FGN101: Beginning Japanese I

FGN102: Beginning Japanese II

FGN201: Intermediate Japanese I

FGN202: Intermediate Japanese II

ENG212: Survey of Japanese Literature


 

FGN101: BEGINNING  JAPANESE I

Offered in fall semester

 

Course Objectives: 

 

Students will acquire a basic knowledge of spoken Japanese so that they can effectively communicate in everyday situations.  Particular attention will be given to studying greetings, classroom expressions and numbers, providing personal information, and engaging in daily activities.  While emphasis is placed on speaking and listening, attention is also given to reading and writing.  Students will learn the two sets of 46 Japanese characters (kana) and 29 kanji (Chinese characters).  Students will also acquire general knowledge of the Japanese people and their culture. 

Textbook - げんきGenki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese (www.genki-online.com) and accompanying Workbook  

Genki Exercises


FGN102: BEGINNING JAPANESE II

Offered in spring semester

COURSE OBJECTIVES:    

Students will acquire a more basic knowledge of spoken Japanese so that they can effectively communicate in everyday situations.  Particular attention will be given to expressing likes and dislikes, adjectives, making requests, asking for permission, present progressive form of verbs, and short forms of verbs.  While emphasis is placed on speaking and listening, attention is also given to reading and writing.  Students will learn 57 kanji.  Students will also acquire general knowledge of the Japanese people and their culture.

 

Textbook - げんきGenki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese (www.genki-online.com) and accompanying Workbook  


 

FGN201: INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE I

Offered in fall semester 

COURSE OBJECTIVES: 

Students will acquire an intermediate level understanding of the Japanese language.  They will learn conversational forms of verbs, complex sentence structure, expressions of comparison, advanced verb forms, and causal expressions.  Dialogue topics include kabuki theater, winter vacation, travel arrangements, and expressing minor aches and pains.  While emphasis is placed on speaking and listening, attention is also given to reading and writing.  Students will learn an additional 59 kanji.  Students will also acquire general knowledge of the Japanese people and their culture.

Textbook - げんきGenki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese and accompanying Workbook

Genki Exercises


 

FGN202: INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE II

Offered in spring semester

COURSE OBJECTIVES: 

Students will acquire an intermediate level understanding of the Japanese language.  They will learn more conversational forms of verbs, complex sentence structure, advanced verb forms, and giving and receiving verbs.  Dialogue topics include hospital, restaurant, Valentine’s Day, and bank.  While emphasis is placed on speaking and listening, attention is also given to reading and writing.  Students will learn an additional 46 kanji.  Students will also acquire general knowledge of the Japanese people and their culture.

Genki Exercises


ENG 212: SURVEY OF JAPANESE LITERATURE

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:   

1.  Become aware of the changes taking place in the roles of men and women in Japanese society as reflected in literature.

2.  Compare the images of Japanese men and women presented in earlier readings with later ones.

3.  Examine and analyze the influence of Confucianism, Shintoism, Buddhism and other historical facts on the development of gender roles as presented in Japanese literature.

4.  Contrast the images of men and women presented in Western and Japanese literature.

REQUIRED READINGS (Might change)

Murasaki Shikibu.  The Tale of Genji.  Translated by Edward G. Seidensticker. 

Arthur Waley.  The No Plays of Japan. 

Ihara Saikaku.  Five Women Who Loved Love. 

Lafcadio Hearn. Kwaidan. 

The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories.  Ed. By Theodore W. Goossen. 

 


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