21F.501 Beginning Japanese I

Fall 2004

Kanji character for Red.
Kanji from study materials. (Illustrated by Carrene Winter Tracy.)

Course Highlights

Interactive study materials, in addition to downloadable readings, are available for this course.

Course Description

This course covers Lessons 1 through 6 from Japanese: the Spoken Language, Part 1 (by Eleanor H. Jorden with Mari Noda, Yale University Press, 1987), providing opportunities to acquire basic skills for conversation, reading and writing. The program emphasizes ACTIVE command of Japanese, not passive knowledge. The goal is not simply to study the grammar and vocabulary, but to acquire the ability to use Japanese accurately and appropriately with increasing spontaneity. Students learn Hiragana and Katakana (the Japanese phonetic symbols), then approximately 50 Kanji (Sino-Japanese characters) in this course.

Special Features

Technical Requirements

Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 5.0+) on Microsoft Windows:
From VIEW menu select Encoding...Auto Select... or
Japanese AutoSelect.

Netscape (version 7.0+) on Microsoft Windows:
From VIEW menu, select Character Coding...
AutoDetect... Japanese.

Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 5.0+) on Macintosh OS 9 or X:
From VIEW menu select Character
Set... Japanese(auto-detect)

Netscape (version 7.0+) on Macintosh OS 9 or X:
From VIEW menu select Character Coding...
AutoDetect... Japanese.

Safari on Macintosh OS X:
From VIEW menu select Text Encoding... Japanese
(ISO-2022-JP)

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Staff

Instructors:
Prof. Yoshimi Nagaya
Prof. Ayumi Nagatomi
Prof. Ikue Shingu

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
Four sessions / week
1 hour / session

Level

Undergraduate