Intermediate Japanese — Summer 2024

A summer course in Intermediate Japanese

Protoclassic Staff
June 18, 2024

Course Code: JAP 203
Teacher: Naoto
Term: Summer 2024 (June 21-August 29)
Class Sessions: There will be 10 sessions over the term period.

Assignments and Course Work

Major Projects

Students will complete three short essays in Japanese on depopulated sites or ruins in Japan, all to be delivered on July 5, July 19, and August 23, respectively.

Readings & Course Materials

Janet Ashby. Read Real Japanese. 1991.

  • Mori Yoko. 逃がした魚は大きかった.
  • Sakamoto Ryüichi. 友よ、また逢おう.
  • Tawara Machi. 心に届く言葉.
  • Nejime Shöichi. 昼寝をしている私の直木賞百万円. Level 3 Japanese Lessons 1-25.

Grading & Assessment

Students will receive grades for each of their major projects. In class-performance will also be graded based on the following criteria.

  • Pronunciation (1 when student is impossible to understand to 10 for indistinguishable from a native speaker)
  • Fluency (1 for when student uses very slow and disjointed speech to 10 for easily completing proper sentences and moving on to next sentences)
  • Word Choice/Vocabulary (1 for inappropriate vocabulary usage, overly repetitive of simple words to 10 for sophisticated and nuanced usage of specific and natural vocabulary)
  • Preparation (1 for when student is completely unprepared to 10 when studennts made the absolute most effective use of class time)

Target Audience and Prerequisites

This course is designed for intermediate Japanese students who have completed two years (or equivalent) of college Japanese and/or have been tested at or near CEFR B1 level proficiency. Students must prepare and/or bring their own textbook material.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will become comfortable participating in language situations frequently encountered by intermediate Japanese students.
  • Students will explore new ways to express themselves in Japanese.
  • Students will build habits of input leading to stronger listening and reading skills.



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