JAPN 101 (3 cr): Beginning Japanese I

Beginning Japanese 1a - JAPN101

Course Overview

This course is designed to develop basic communicative competence in the speaking, listening, reading and writing of modern Japanese and to handle your needs adequately in various limited social situations. There will be emphasis on developing an awareness of the sociolinguistic characteristics of the Japanese language.

Pre-requisite: JAPN 100 or equivalent. Students must have achieved a final grade of at least 60% in JAPN 100. At the beginning of the term, a background check will be conducted by the instructor. This course is a prerequisite for Japanese 200. Students who took a grade 12 Japanese language course in high school or any equivalent cannot take Japanese 101. It is recommended that students who took Japanese language courses in high school should contact their instructor.

Summary of Course Goals

By the end of this course you will have acquired an ample grounding in basic grammar and the skills necessary to function in various limited daily life and social situations.  You will also have developed an awareness of the sociolinguistic aspects of the Japanese language.  You will be able to handle topics including your personal background, experiences, preferences, needs, interests, and plans in forms beyond simple sentences. You will also be able to provide information and reasons to support points of views and make comparisons. You will start to feel more at ease to communicate in unrehearsed contexts and will be able to:

  • Introduce your family members to your friends
  • Read and write an update letter regarding how one is doing recently
  • Plan and organize an event expressing one’s opinion and reason
  • Conduct an interview survey and write a short report based on the result
  • Read and write one’s diary
  • Plan a vacation plan comparing different locations
  • Read and write how people celebrate (cultural) holidays
  • Describe one’s hometown
  • Describe one’s past experiences and future plans
  • Read and write a personal ad
  • Describe one’s situation using the explanatory mode of speech

Course Material

Textbook (required):

Genki 1 Textbook: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese. The Japan Times, 2nd edition. February 2011. ISBN:9784789014403

Purchase the textbook at the UBC Bookstore.

Note: The First Edition of the Genki textbook is not permitted.

JAPN101 Textbook Order Form

How to Proceed

  • Computer
  • Headset with Microphone
  • A webcam
  • Access to a scanner
  • Reliable access to the internet

This 13 week course is divided into six lessons. At the beginning of each lesson, you will find a list of objectives. You will start with practicing new vocabulary and complete an online vocabulary quiz by the due date. Each Lesson involves about five to seven new grammar points, speaking, reading, writing and a lesson quiz. Grammar exercises will be provided and all exercises must be completed by the due date. You will meet your classmates and instructor online regularly to practice speaking. You should expect to spend approximately 12 hours a week on this course. One oral interview test and 2.5 hour paper-based final examination will be given at the end of the term.