Japanese  101
Fall 2015
(updated 09-17-2015)
Homepage:  http://people.uncw.edu/kanoy

JPN101 Homepage: http://people.uncw.edu/kanoy/index_101_main.htm

Name: KANO, Yoko
Office: Leutze Hall #253A (2nd floor, inside of the Foreign Language Resource Center)
TEL :    910-962-7575 (Office; there is no voice mail) and 910-962-3340 (Department in the Leutze Hall)         
E-mail : Kanoy@uncw.edu  (the best way to contact me!  I do not have a voice mail in my office.)
Homepage: http://people.uncw.edu/kanoy  or http://people.uncw.edu/kanoy/index_101_main.htm
Office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00 - 1:50 p.m., 3:20 - 4:00 p.m. and by appointment. (You can reach me at 962-7575 during the office hour.)

CLASS:     Days/Time /Location:  Tue. & Thu.
JPN 101-001                 9:30 - 10:45          Leutze Hall 131

JPN 101-002               11:00 - 12:15          Morton Hall 208

To develop survival communication skills in Japanese for a short visit to Japan with an emphasis on listening and speaking with grammar sufficient for carrying out such functions.  Reading and writing Hiragana and Katakana skills will be introduced as well. While learning these four skills, Japanese customs, traditions, viewpoints, practices, and society will be introduced and discussed for students to acquire cross cultural awareness in the context of comparing those of one’s own with others and broaden their understanding of the world.

SL 1. Demonstrate basic proficiency in speaking and listening in interactions such as simple conversations under the topics such as greetings, daily activities and time, phone numbers, shopping and ordering at restaurants in Japan.
SL 2. Comprehend texts written in Hiragana and Katakana and demonstrate basic writing skills in Romaji or in Hiragana and Katakana.  Recognize Hiragana and Katakana letters and understand simple words and draw information from a text such as a menu of a fast food restaurant, a note, and e-mail memos.  Read and comprehend a paragraph or a short memo written in Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji with Kana on previously learned topics in introductory-level Japanese written texts. Answering in English on the paragraphs will be used to show reading comprehension.
SL 3. Demonstrate knowledge of the historical, political, and social realities of Japan and its culture.
SL 4. Demonstrate the ability to examine Japanese society in a comparative context and to understand one’s own society in the context of Japanese societies in the world.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:   The above objectives and SLOs will be achieved through intensive listening and speaking practices with authentic materials such as literature, films, art, and music.  Learning strategies include daily vocabulary and grammar exercises, situational conversation practices, quizzes, written assignments, and discussion of topics related to Japanese tradition, practices, mannerism, society and culture in general. The sections 1 -5 in the “Getting Started” will be covered with Hiragana and Katakana reading and writing practices.  The course is conducted in mostly Japanese and demands the active participation of each student on a daily basis.

Required COURSE MATERIALS (Available at the University bookstore):
1. Textbook: YOOKOSO!: An Invitation to Contemporary Japanese   (3rd Edition)
2. The accompanying Workbook/Laboratory Manual.  (3rd Edition)
3. Audio files accompanying the above textbook and workbook are available at the following site:
    http://www.mhhe.com/yookoso3      Click on An Invitation to Contemporary Japanese. Then  "Student Edition" (keep looking at the left side menu to find the links), then choose "Getting Started", then Laboratory Audio Program for the Workbook/laboratory manual and Textbook Audio Program
 for the textbook. 

The audio files are also available at the the Foreign Language Resource Center in the Leutze Hall 253 B, and you can make an audio CD, download them to iPod, MP3 players, memory sticks, hard drive, etc.  
4.Print out the handouts. The links are available from the JPN101 homepage at http://people.uncw.edu/kanoy/101/index_101.html
5. Some assignments and practices are on the web.  Go to: the JPN101 homepage: 

6. Please check your UNCW e-mail for changes and updates from the instructor. 

Foreign Language Resource Center (FLRC):
  Remember to bring your own headphone to listen!!
Required to do some assignments on the web if you do not have an access to a computer or a high speed internet service at your residence.
Location: Leutze Hall, 2nd floor, Room # 253 B
Time : (Refer to the lab schedule posted on the FLRC door or refer to the above FLRC web site at
Also, please read/refer to the FLRC usage Guidelines on the above web site.  

Computer Labs on campus: Remember to bring your own headphone!!!
Some assignments and listening practices on the web can be done at any computer lab on campus if you do not have an access to a computer or a high speed internet service at your residence. If you want to listen to audio, you need to go to the FLRC (See above).


Your final course grade is determined in the following way:
1) Attendance & participation,            15%  (Refer to the "Contact-Point" system below.)
2) Assignments                                   15%   
3) Quizzes                                          10%
4) Section-exams                                40%
5) Final exam                                      20%

GRADING SCALE (Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures at UNCW):
A  = 93 and above (there is no A+)     A- = 92,91,90      
B+ = 89,88,87   B = 86,85,84,83        B- = 82,81,80
C+ = 79,78,77   C = 76,75,74,73        C- = 72,71,70
D+ = 69,68,67   D = 66,65,64,63        D- = 62,61,60

2) Participation and full attention.
3) Homework, mostly from the Workbook/Laboratory Manual, and some materials (handouts) on web site due at the beginning of every class as indicated in the course calendar.
All the assignments are due at the beginning of the class.  Written texts (answers) should be shown on the due date to the instructor to receive credits.
4) Quizzes: one quiz in almost every class (many listening quizzes) (Refer to the course calendar).
5) Section-exams (Refer to the course calendar).
6) Final exam during the final exam week. (Refer to the course calendar.)
7) Working with the web site and audio files for the class's activities before and after class.
8) Please check your UNCW e-mails to see my message for any change and updates.  

ATTENDANCE POLICY and participation grade reference :                                     
100 : clearly well prepared, excellent active (voluntary) performance in class activities and did not miss any part of a class.
90 : clearly prepared, fair performance in class activities and did not miss any part of a class.
80 : evidently prepared, but unsatisfactory performance in class activities and/or missed some  part of a class.
70 : present, evidently unprepared, poor performance in class activities and/or missed more than 10 min. of class.
60 : present, evidently unprepared and no/or very little participation in class activities.

When the number of absences becomes 5 or more (including the accumulated time of tardiness), the students will automatically receive "Fail" grade.   If absence occurs (no excused absences except religious holidays (in which case,  a prior written notification to me is required), the student needs to make up the same amount of the class time missed by making an appointment and seeing/practicing with a tutor at the University Learning Center (ULC) at the DePaolo Hall  1056 & 1003, first floor (phone: 910.962.7857)  http://uncw.edu/ulc/  ( Learning Services (University Studies) http://www.uncw.edu/ulc/learning/index.html)within two week from the day when you return to class. For ULC Services that require an appointment, students can schedule online through our website: http://www.uncw.edu/ulc/appointmentinstructions.html  Please bring a note from the tutor or ask ULC to e-mail me your attendance record to excuse the absences.  The students will receive "Incomplete" grade until the missed time (absences) is made up.  .

b) Each homework assignment is worth 100 points (which is approximately 0.5 against your final grade) if the assignment satisfied its requirement. The variation of points is determined by the instructor if the assignment is not completed. The answers of the assignments from the workbook/laboratory manual and handouts have to be written and shown to me during class to receive credits.

c) No food, chewing gum, and other products such as e-cigarette in class so that you can better practice speaking.

Make-ups for quizzes are
not permitted for credit unless students consult with the instructor before the class is missed or 24 hours after the missed class (or as soon as you can contact me by e-mail). A make-up has to be completed before the instructor returns the quizzes and/or tests to the class; otherwise, it cannot be made up.  Quizzes and tests are typically returned in the following class meeting.  Notification of make-ups can be done by e-mail or in-person.  All the assignments are due at the beginning of the class so if you forget to bring the workbook and other assignments to class on the due date, you just have to take zero for the assignments.  To receive credits for assignments of the day that you miss a class, e-mail notification to me is required before you return to class to arrange when and where the student show me the assignment. 

Tests cannot be made up unless you contact me right after the absence (within 24 hours to schedule a makeup before the following class after the test) and submit a written document to excuse your absence. Once the test is returned in the following class, you cannot make it up.  As for the speaking test, rescheduling must be requested 24 hours prior to your appointment; otherwise,  reschedule is not permitted.

If you miss a part of the test due to your tardiness, unless you have a written documentation (for example, a driver's name and his/her bus number and time and signature for being late), the missed part of the test (usually the listening test at the beginning) cannot be made up.

Students in this course are expected to abide by the Academic Honor Code.  Please read the Student Handbook and Code of Student Life for more information:   http://www.uncw.edu/odos/documents/cosl-current.pdf   

In the pursuit of excellence, UNC Wilmington actively fosters, encourages, and promotes inclusiveness, mutual respect, acceptance, and open-mindedness among students, faculty, staff, and the broader community. Please read the complete Seahawk Respect Compact here:  http://uncw.edu/diversity/documents/ApprovedSeahawkRespectCompact8x10.08.09.pdf 

UNCW practices a zero-tolerance policy for violence and harassment of any kind.  For emergencies contact UNCW CARE at 962-2273, Campus Police at 962-2222, or Wilmington Police at 911.  For University or community resources visit http://uncw.edu/police/documents/Campus_Safety_Q&A_2007.pdf

DISABILITY SERVICES: If you have a disability and need reasonable accommodations in this course, you should inform the professor of this fact in writing within the first week of class.  If you have not done so already, you must register with the UNCW Office of Disability Services. UNCW Disability Services supplies information about disability law, documentation procedures and accommodations.  This information can be found at  http://uncw.edu/disability/

Suggestions to succeed:

Practice with the tutor! We have native Japanese speakers as our tutors.  In order to see the tutor, an appointment must be made at the Learning Center.  The tutor gives you good practices to maintain your proficiency and grade.  Many "A" students regularly see the tutor to have more contact with Japanese language especially for listening and speaking.

Try to use Japanese in your daily life!  Proficiency is the main objective in this course.   For the language learners, it means that you are not only to know the language but also to be able to USE the language in appropriate situations.

Find an appropriate and correct ways for you to practice! This course focuses on learning Japanese culture as well as on listening and speaking Japanese. You will become familiar with conversational strategies and cultural behaviors. The major point in this course is to help you learn basic speaking and listening skills in various social situations. Also, to prevent you from falling into the common bad habits of many Japanese-learners.  I will stress CORRECTNESS. Remember practice does not make perfect, PRACTICE MAKES PERMANENT.

Please come and see me any time to get help and/or suggestions to improve your proficiency!!