This course concentrates on building vocabulary and grammar for conversation and listening comprehension. It increases translation skills for writing using hiragana and expands reading comprehension through the use of mini-stories as well as variations on traditional fairy tales. This course also takes a look into the culture and history of the people, giving the student an increased knowledge of how culture and language correlate. This is the second course in a four-part Japanese series (JAPAN 041, JAPAN 043, JAPAN 051, JAPAN 053). This course also features interactive elements: live one-on-one speaking appointments, a student discussion board, and an instructor-hosted wiki.
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.
First-Year Japanese, Part 1 (JAPAN 041) or equivalent.
Course Outline: 
Unit 1: Weather and Nature
Unit 2: Travel to Japan
Unit 3: Food
Unit 4: Animals
Unit 5: Japanese Dress
Unit 6: Money and Shopping
Unit 7: Hobbies