J1A: Elementary Japanese (5 Units)

Japanese 1A is designed to develop basic speaking skills and to learn hiragana, katakana, and approximately 150 kanji. At the end of the course, the students should be able to describe themselves, their family and friends, and to talk about everyday events with basic vocabulary and grammatical constructions. They also should be able to read simple passages in Japanese. Prerequisites: None.

The textbook we use is Elementary Japanese. Amazon.com has the best price. Because they might not hold a large inventory, it’s best to order it well in advance.

 

J1B: Elementary Japanese (5 Units)

Open to students with a passing grade in Japanese 1A at UCB. New and transfer students who have taken 3 or 4 years of high school Japanese or a second-semester college Japanese course elsewhere should contact Kayoko Imagawa before the first meeting of the course.

During J1B, we study Volume II (Lessons 15-26) of Elementary Japanese. Amazon.com has the best price. Because they might not hold a large inventory, it’s best to order it well in advance.

 

J10A: Intermediate Japanese (5 Units)

In this course, students will learn how to integrate the basic grammatical constructions and vocabulary which they learned in Japanese 1A/B in order to express a wider range of ideas and will study the new grammatical constructions and vocabulary necessary to express such ideas in a manner appropriate for many social situations. Students are expected to participate fully in class activities and discussions. Although the main emphasis will be aural/oral skills, an increasing amount of reading and writing will also be required. Prerequisites: Japanese 1A/B or equivalent; or consent of instructor. Students who have not taken Japanese 1A/B at UCB may wish to contact Maki Takata during Phase I Tele-BEARS to have their language proficiency assessed.

During J10A, we study the first half of Tobira: Gateway to Advanced Japanese Learning Through Content and Multimedia (Mayumi Oka, et al. Kurosio Publishers, 2009).

 

J10B: Intermediate Japanese (5 Units)

Open to students with a passing grade in Japanese 10A at UCB. New and transfer students who have taken 4 years of high school Japanese or a 3rd-semester college Japanese course elsewhere should contact Maki Takata before the first meeting of the course.

During J10B, we study the second half of Tobira: Gateway to Advanced Japanese Learning Through Content and Multimedia (Mayumi Oka, et al. Kurosio Publishers, 2009).

 

J10X: Intermediate Japanese for Heritage Learners (5 Units)

This course is designed specifically for heritage learners who possess high fluency in casual spoken Japanese but little reading and writing abilities. It introduces formal speech styles, reinforces grammatical accuracy, and improves reading and writing competencies through materials derived from various textual genres. Students will acquire the amounts of vocabulary, grammar, and kanji equivalent to those of J10A/B. For eligibility, contact Noriko Komatsu Wallace.

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J100A: Advanced Japanese (5 Units)

This course aims to develop further communicative skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing in a manner appropriate to the context. It concentrates on enabling students to use acquired grammar and vocabulary with more confidence in order to express functional meanings, while increasing linguistic competence. Course materials include the textbook, supplemented by newspaper and magazine articles and short stories to provide insight into Japanese culture and society. There will be a project which will give students the opportunity to interact with Japanese university students. Active student participation is not only encouraged but required. Prerequisites: Japanese 10B or equivalent; or consent of Wakae Kambara.

During J100A, we study Lessons 1-5 of New Authentic Japanese: Progressing from Intermediate to Advanced (Osamu Kamata et al., The Japan Times, 2013).

 

J100B: Advanced Japanese (5 Units)

Open to students with a passing grade in Japanese 100A at UCB. New and transfer students who have taken a 5th-semester college Japanese course elsewhere should contact Wakae Kambara before the first meeting of the course.

During J100B, we study the second half of New Authentic Japanese: Progressing from Intermediate to Advanced (Osamu Kamata et al., The Japan Times, 2013).

 

J100X: Advanced Japanese for Heritage Learners (5 Units)

Swan This course helps heritage learners of Japanese who have completed J10X or J10B to develop further their linguistic and cultural competencies. More sophisticated linguistic forms are introduced and reinforced while dealing with various socio-cultural topics. Close reading knowledge and skills, formal and informal registers, and different genres of Japanese reading and writing are practiced. The materials covered are equivalent to those of J100A/B. Upon completion, students are well prepared to take our fourth-year reading courses. For eligibility, contact Noriko Komatsu Wallace.

 

J100S: Japanese for Sinologists

Students will be trained to read, analyze, and translate modern Japanese scholarship on Chinese subjects. A major purpose of the course is to prepare students to take reading examinations in Japanese. The areas of scholarship to be covered are: politics, popular culture and religion, sociology and history, as well as areas suggested by students who are actively engaged in research projects. Two readings in each area will be assigned: one by the instructor and the second by a student participant. Prerequisites: Graduate standing; Japanese 10B and Chinese 100B; or consent of instructor. If interested, please contact Yuriko Miyamoto Caltabiano.

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J101: Fourth-Year Readings: Social Sciences (4 Units)

This course is designed for students who have studied Japanese at college level for at least three years (450 hours). It aims to develop further their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills so that they can understand and discuss Japanese newspapers, magazines, and texts from other media. They also learn to express their points of view and construct argumentative discourse. A short selection from Japanese literature is also included for students to become familiar with various writing styles and learn in-depth aspects of Japanese society. Through the readings and extensive written work, students develop ability to read and write logically, coherently, and effectively in Japanese. Although much class time is devoted to reading-oriented activities, students are also expected to participate actively in related discussions. Prerequisites: J100B, J100X, or equivalent; or consent of Yasuko Konno Baker.

 

J102: Fourth-Year Readings: Japanese Culture (4 Units)

This course is designed for students who have studied Japanese at college level for at least three years (450 hours). Students read a variety of texts in Japanese as sources for discussions that deepen their understanding of Japanese society and people. Additionally, they will research related topics, followed by a short presentation in class. Through these activities, students develop further their knowledge of kanji, vocabulary, and Japanese grammar. They will improve their ability to read and write logically, coherently, and effectively in Japanese so that they can express their points of view and construct argumentative discourse. Prerequisites: J100B, J100X, or equivalent; or consent of Chika Shibahara.

 

J103: Fourth-Year Readings: Japanese Literature (4 Units)

This course is designed for students who have studied Japanese at college level for at least three years (450 hours). It aims to improve their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills by increasing their vocabulary and by their learning more effective ways to express their ideas. Readings include Japanese novels, poems, short stories, plays, articles and essays, providing opportunity to learn various writing styles. Students participate in group discussions on contemporary issues related to assigned readings, write short essays, and deliver individual oral presentations. A significant amount of course time is devoted to critical reading of Japanese literature. Prerequisites: J100B, J100X, or equivalent; or consent of Chika Shibahara.

 

J104: Fourth-Year Readings: Japanese History (4 Units)

This course is designed for students who have studied Japanese at college level for at least three years (450 hours). It aims to improve their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills and to deepen their understanding of Japanese society and culture by learning Japanese historical facts that constitute common knowledge of Japanese people. The readings include articles, essays, short stories, etc. Students participate in group discussions on issues related to assigned readings, write short essays, and deliver individual oral presentations. Prerequisites: J100B, J100X, or equivalent; or consent of Yasuko Konno Baker.

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J160: Introduction to Japanese Linguistics: Grammar (4 Units)

This course deals with issues of the structure of the Japanese language and how they have been treated in the field of linguistics. It focuses on phonetics/phonology, morphology, writing system, dialects, lexicon, syntax/semantics, historical changes, and the genetic affiliation of the Japanese language. Students are required to have intermediate knowledge of Japanese. No previous linguistics training is required. Prerequisites: J10, J10B, J10X, or equivalent, or consent of Yoko Hasegawa.

 

J161: Introduction to Japanese Linguistics: Usage (4 Units)

This course deals with issues of the usage of the Japanese language and how they have been treated in the field of linguistics. It concentrates on pragmatics, discourse/conversation analysis, and speech varieties (politeness, gender). Intermediate knowledge of Japanese is a requirement. No previous linguistics training is required. Prerequisites: J10, J10B, J10X, or equivalent, may be taken concurrently, or consent of Yoko Hasegawa.

 

J163: Translation: Theory and Practice (4 Units)

This course provides an overview of the considerations that the translator must take into account when approaching a text. Special attention is paid to the structural differences between Japanese and English, cross-cultural differences in stylistics, writing with clarity, reference work, etc. Texts to be considered are drawn from both pragmatic and literary writings in Japanese and English. By means of translating selected texts into their native language, students will acquire abilities to recognize common translation problems, apply methods for finding solutions, and evaluate accuracy and communicative effectiveness of translation. The course is also suitable for graduate students who wish to improve their comprehension in written Japanese. Prerequisites: J100B, J100X, or equivalent, or consent of Yoko Hasegawa.

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Absolutely no student auditing is permitted in UCB Japanese language courses.

To secure a place in a Japanese language course, attendance to all class meetings is mandatory during the first week of classes. Students who miss a class will be dropped from the course.

Transfer students intending to declare a major in Japanese should consult Undergraduate Advisor Jan Johnson by the third week of their first semester at Berkeley.