This course is an introduction to Japanese language, culture, history, and vocabulary; it includes a strong emphasis on learning to speak, write, and read Japanese. This course also features interactive elements: live one-on-one speaking appointments, a student discussion board, and an instructor-hosted wiki. This is the first course in a four-part Japanese series (JAPAN 041, JAPAN 043, JAPAN 051, JAPAN 053).
Students will need access to a computer with high speed Internet access, a microphone, speakers (or headphones), and a webcam. There are no resubmissions or retakes on instructor-graded assignments, unit quizzes or the final exam. On speaking appointments, lowest score may be dropped. You must complete the speaking appointment in each unit before you can move on to the next unit.
Due to the nature of this course’s learning outcomes, the exams are only available in a paper format. Please plan for shipping time.
Course Outline: 
Unit 1: Welcome to Japan
Unit 2: Connecting Socially in Japan
Unit 3: Family and Numbers
Unit 4: The Japanese Classroom at a Glance
Unit 5: Descriptions of People and Parts
Unit 6: Verb Tenses and Grammar
Unit 7: Just in Time
Unit 8: The Japanese Calendar