21F.503 Japanese III Syllabus

I. Instructor

Emiko Okayasu Rafique 岡安 恵美子(おかやす えみこ) Rm.14N-236, eokayasu@mit.edu, phone 253-3543

II. Meeting hours and classrooms

Section 1 MTRF 10:05-10:55 Rm. 4-364
Section 2 MTRF 12:05- 12:55 Rm. 16-628
Section 3 MTRF 1:05- 1:55 Rm. 16-628

III. Texts

  1. “Genki, An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese II”, The Japan Times (available at Kendall Coop)
  2. “Genki Workbook II”, The Japan Times (available at Kendall Coop)

IV. Online supplementary materials and resources

Supplementary course materials and other resources are available on the web at http://web.mit.edu/21f.503/www/index.html. You are expected to use these resources on your own as much as possible.

V. Course objectives and procedures

This course covers Genki Lessons 13 through 18. The main objective of this course is to build up basic skills of communication in Japanese in both written and spoken modes. At the completion of this course, you are expected to describe various activities using potential and volitional forms of verbs, describe things using noun modifications, express ideas using time sequence expressions, some conditionals, and some conjectures. You will be able to comprehend conversations on familiar topics and get a gist of them when uttered in natural speed. You will also learn 95 Kanji characters in this course.

Prior to the grammar introduction for each lesson, you should read grammar explanation of the textbook and practice new vocabulary.

Prior to drill practices, it is particularly important to review the patterns being learned, practice new vocabulary orally and memorize them so that you can fully benefit from the oral practice conducted in class.

VI. Evaluation

A. Daily Grade

You will be given a daily performance score based on your performance:

10 = Excellent Performance; clearly well-prepared
9 = Good Performance
8 = Satisfactory Performance
7 = Unsatisfactory Performance; clearly not prepared
0 = Absent

B. Exams and Quizzes

There are two oral interview tests, five Lesson Quizzes (20-25 minutes long) and an one-hour exam. Vocabulary and Kanji Quizzes are given throughout the semester. Please check the online Monthly and Weekly schedules frequently.

C. Evaluation Method

Daily grade 20% *
Lesson Quiz (x5) 25% **
Interview Test (x2) 15%
One-Hour Exam 15%
Vocabulary & Kanji Quizzes 10% ***
Homework 10%
Class Participation 5%

* Three lowest daily grades will be dropped during the term.
** The lowest lesson quiz score will be dropped at the end of the term.
*** Two lowest quiz scores will be dropped at the end of the term.

Please make sure that you check the Monthly & Weekly Schedules online for updated information.

Make-up quizzes and exams will be given only when you have a legitimate reason . You must notify your instructor in advance, and take a make-up on the first day you return to class after the absence.

D. Attendance Policy

  1. Success in a language course is a cumulative process. It is essential that you attend all sessions and keep up with the course work on a daily basis. Please follow the online schedule and come to class well-prepared.
  2. If you have an unavoidable reason for your absence, please e‐mail the instructor before the class.
  3. Attend the class section you are registered in, unless you have made official arrangements with the instructor at the beginning of the semester, or your grade will not be credited. If you have to attend a section other than your regular section on a particular day, you must notify the instructor at least one day in advance.
  4. Only in case of an emergency you may be allowed to participate in class activities and quizzes in a different section without the aforementioned one-day-in-advance permission from the instructor. Oversleeping is not regarded as an emergency.
  5. Be punctual. Coming in late not only results in missed performances and quizzes that may not be made up for, but also distracts other students. Showing up late will affect your daily grade negatively.
  6. NO TEXT MESSAGING will be allowed during class.
  7. Do not chew gums, eat food or wear hats in class.

E. Homework Policy

You are required to submit all assignments at the beginning of the class. Late submission will be accepted with 0.5 point deduction each day.

VII. Miscellaneous

  1. You should try your best never to fall behind. Any student who feels he/she is behind is encouraged to see an instructor and discuss the situation with her before it is too late.
  2. The Humanities Concentration for Japanese is Japanese I-IV or II-IV. Contact Ikeda Sensee (mikeda@mit.edu) to obtain the necessary signature.
  3. If you are interested in HASS Japanese Minor, please consult Ian Condry (Japanese Minor Advisor, condry@mit.edu). Application form is available at 14N-305, 14N-310, 14N-408 or 7-104.
  4. Study Abroad Program in Japan: contact Ikeda Sensee (mikeda@mit.edu)
  5. MISTI Program in Japan: contact Michelle Kern in MISTI Japan http://web.mit.edu/misti/mit-japan/.
  6. Japan Lunch Table starts on September 14. http://web.mit.edu/misti/mit-japan/lunchtable.html
  7. If you are interested in Language Conversation Exchange, check out their website (http://lce.scripts.mit.edu/about.php