Course Meeting Times

Labs: 3 sessions / week, 1 hour / session

Lecture: 1 session / week, 1 hour / session


  1. Buy at Amazon Banno, Eri. Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese I. The Japan Times, 2011. ISBN: 9784789014403.
  2. Buy at Amazon ———. Genki I: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese I-Workbook. The Japan Times (available at Kendall Coop), 2000. ISBN: 9784789014410.

Course Objectives and Procedures

This course covers "Genki I" Lessons 7 through 12, enhancing the basic skills for conversation, reading and writing. The program emphasizes ACTIVE command of Japanese, not passive knowledge. Your goal is not simply to study the grammar and vocabulary, but to acquire skills necessary to use them in a linguistically and culturally appropriate way. By the end of the semester, you will be able to carry on a daily conversation with Japanese people. You will also learn approximately 87 Kanji characters in this course.

In this course there are two types of class sessions, Grammar Sessions and Drill Sessions. In Grammar Sessions, information necessary for using the language, such as grammar, vocabulary, and socio-cultural information, will be provided primarily in English. Drill Sessions are conducted almost entirely in Japanese. Sessions will concentrate on speaking activities that require you to use the language actively. Good daily performance scores can be achieved when you have learned and practiced the assigned Drills before coming to class.


Daily Grade 20%*
Lesson Quiz 25%**
Oral Tests 15%
One-Hour Exam 15%
Vocabulary, Kana, Kanji Quiz 10%***
Homework 10%
Class Participation 5%

* Three lowest daily scores will be dropped during the term.

** One lowest LQ score will be dropped at the end of the term.

*** Two lowest scores will be dropped at the end of the term.

There will be NO MAKE-UP for missed performances and quizzes.

Daily Grade

As mentioned above, you will be given a daily score in Drill Session based on your performance:

10 = Strong Performance, Clearly well-prepared

9 = Good Performance

8 = Satisfactory Performance

7 = Unsatisfactory Performance, Clearly unprepared

0 = absent

In order to receive the credit, you have to attend the section you are registered in unless you have made official arrangements with the instructors in advance. 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. There will be no make-up for missed quizzes or daily grades unless you have academic reasons such as attending seminar or special lectures.

Exams and Quizzes

There are two oral tests, five Lesson Quizzes and a one-hour long exam. Vocabulary, Kanji and Conjugation Quizzes are given throughout the semester. No make-up quizzes or exams will be given in this course.


To receive full credit, each homework assignment must be submitted by the deadline. Late submission will result in a 5% deduction in grade each day. All assignments must be completed and submitted in order to receive the course grade.

Attendance Policy

  1. Because of the cumulative nature of language learning, it is essential that you attend all sessions and keep up with the course work on a daily basis. If you feel you are falling behind, contact instructors immediately.
  2. 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 may affect your daily grade negatively.
  3. No eating or text messaging will be allowed during class.


1–2 Orientation and Review
3–8 Lesson 7
9–15 Lesson 8
16–22 Lesson 9
23 Oral Test
24–28 Lesson 10
29-34 Lesson 11
35-42 Lesson 12
43 Oral Test II
44 Exam
45–46 Reading Sessions