Japanese language courses have been taught at Canada College since 1998. We offer Japanese from Basic to Advanced. The courses are given once a week (3 hours) for 8 consecutive weeks for a total of 24 hours per course. In order to get a certificate for a level, you need to complete two courses for a total duration of 48 hours.
Students who have little or no previous knowledge of Japanese will learn basic communication skills used in a Japanese cultural context. They will develop their ability to speak, comprehend, read, and write Japanese through various communicative tasks. They will also be introduced to Hiragana and Katakana for rudimentary reading and writing.
Students who have completed Japanese 101 or an equivalent course will continue learning spoken and written Japanese. They will develop basic oral and written communication skills used in a Japanese cultural context through the study of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and short essay writing. In this level, Kanji will be introduced.
Students will build on previously acquired listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. They will further develop intercultural communication skills and increase their understanding of modern Japanese culture. Prerequisites: JAPN 102 or assessment by instructor.
Students will build on previously acquired skills and become more confident and precise in speech and listening comprehension. They will develop reading and writing skills while increasing their understanding of modern Japanese society and culture. Students will further develop intercultural communication skills in both social and office situations.
Students will develop their proficiency in a variety of contexts with written and spoken Japanese to an upper-intermediate level. They will focus on complex grammatical structures and specialized vocabulary. Students will identify aspects of Japanese culture reflected in the language they learn. They will be introduced to strategies for becoming independent language learners.
Students will extend their proficiency in a variety of contexts with written and spoken Japanese at an upper-intermediate level. They will further explore complex grammatical structures, particularly those related to levels of formality, and will focus on expanding specialized vocabulary and analyzing aspects of Japanese culture reflected in the language they learn. Students will be encouraged to use strategies for directing their own learning.
Students will expand their proficiency in a variety of social and academic contexts with spoken Japanese at an advanced level. They will refine their knowledge of Japanese oral communication skills, including complex grammatical structures and specialized vocabulary, as well as analyze aspects of Japanese culture reflected in the language they learn. They will further develop discourse and sociolinguistic competence through a variety of activities using authentic materials in the popular media. Students will also learn how to utilize texts and written work in support of their developing oral skills. Prerequisites: Assessment by instructor.