JPA-Japanese Courses

Courses

JPA 101. Introductory Japanese I. 3 Hours.

This course introduces students to the language by focusing on the acquisition of essential elements for basic communication and development of the practical language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) for communicating in daily life situations, as well as provides a broader awareness of and appreciation for the cultures of the countries where Japanese is spoken. This course meets the Core Curriculum requirements for Area II: Humanities.

JPA 102. Introductory Japanese II. 3 Hours.

This course continues to develop the language-learning process by focusing on the acquisition of essential elements for basic communication and development of the practical language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) for communicating in daily life situations, as well as provides a broader awareness of and appreciation for the cultures of the countries where Japanese is spoken. This course meets the Core Curriculum requirements for Area II: Humanities.
Prerequisites: JPA 101 [Min Grade: D]

JPA 190. Study Abroad. 1-6 Hour.

Approved novice level study abroad program in Japan. :Permission of Department Chair required.

JPA 201. Intermediate Japanese I. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to help students make the transition to natural communication and develop the language-learning process by focusing on the expansion of necessary elements for development of the practical language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) by using cultural and literary readings as well as grammatical exercises. It also provides a broader awareness of and appreciation for the cultures of the countries where Japanese is spoken. (CORE AREA II).
Prerequisites: JPA 102 [Min Grade: D]

JPA 202. Intermediate Japanese II. 3 Hours.

Continuation of JPA 201. Conducted in Japanese. (CORE AREA II).
Prerequisites: JPA 201 [Min Grade: D]

JPA 203. Intermediate Japanese Language & Culture I. 3 Hours.

This course aims at improving students' linguistic and cultural fluency necessary for functioning in Japanese. Class activities will consist of communicative exercises such as role-playing. While emphasis will be placed on oral skills, attention will also be given to the written Japanese that one encounters in daily life, particularly in signage and forms. Topics may include: Conversational Japanese in such settings as restaurant, store, public transportation, airport, post office, hospital, home-stay, hotel, and local attractions.
Prerequisites: JPA 102 [Min Grade: D]

JPA 204. Intermediate Japanese Language & Culture II. 3 Hours.

This course focuses on developing students' reading and writing skills to increase Japanese literacy. It will also expand students' vocabulary, grammatical understanding, listening and speaking. Topics may include: Examples will be taken from authentic popular literature, manga and anime, folktales, letters, e-mails and songs. Students will learn how to write basic compositions and make speeches.
Prerequisites: JPA 202 [Min Grade: C]

JPA 206. Business Japanese. 3 Hours.

Japanese course focusing on the effective communication skills essential in professional fields and the understanding of the Japanese business world. Students develop their verbal, listening, reading, and writing proficiency in business Japanese and acquire culturally appropriate inter-personal communication skills needed to deal with a variety of business situations. Students are expected to effectively employ their language skills to explore and analyze current business trends and issues in Japan. Conducted in Japanese.
Prerequisites: JPA 203 [Min Grade: C]

JPA 210. Discourse and Culture in Japanese. 3 Hours.

Study of the significance of cultural knowledge in understanding the meaning of language. The course focuses Japanese learners to understand values, expectations and appropriate behavior in Japanese culture, as well as the theoretical underpinnings of pragmatics and discourse analysis. Conducted in Japanese.
Prerequisites: JPA 202 [Min Grade: C]

JPA 211. Contemporaroy Issues in Japanese Society. 3 Hours.

Study of selected themes in contemporary Japanese society and culture, through reading and discussion of contemporary debates in periodicals, news sources and other media. Readings will focus on such themes as work and social pressure, gender inequality, social alienation, declining birthrates, aging and social support, media images, and education. Conducted in Japanese.
Prerequisites: JPA 202 [Min Grade: C]

JPA 290. Japanese for Study Abroad. 1-6 Hour.

This study-abroad Japanese course aims at improving students' oral fluency. It will help students develop intermediary conversational skills as they study in total immersion. The emphasis will be on efficient target language production at the intermediate level, as well as an oral and comprehension skills, communicative strategies, and the acquisition of vocabulary relating to a variety of domains. The course content will also include discussion and analysis of current cultural topics. JPA 290 will be conducted entirely in Japanese. Permission of department chair required.

JPA 299. Directed Readings in Japanese. 3 Hours.

This is an individualized course of directed readings and activities for intermediate Japanese students. Course design is determined by the instructor and student and will be tailored to the needs of the student. The goal of the course is to increase general literacy in and knowedge of Japanese language and culture. Intermediate proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking Japanese is the targeted outcome. Prerequisites: JPA 202 or equivalent.
Prerequisites: JPA 202 [Min Grade: C]

JPA 306. Advanced Business Japanese. 3 Hours.

Advanced Japanese course focusing on the effective advanced communication skills essential in professional fields and the understanding of the Japanese business world. Students develop their advanced verbal, listening, reading, and writing proficiency in business Japanese and acquire culturally appropriate inter-personal communication skills needed to deal with a variety of business situations. Students are expected to effectively employ their language skills to explore and analyze current business trends and issues in Japan. Conducted in Japanese.
Prerequisites: JPA 204 [Min Grade: C]

JPA 390. Study Abroad. 1-6 Hour.

Approved upper-level study abroad program in a Japanese-speaking country. Permission of Department Chair and Study Abroad Director.

JPA 399. Directed Readings: Japanese. 3 Hours.

This is an individualized course of directed readings and activities for advanced students of Japanese language and culture. Course design is determined by the instructor and student and will be tailored to the needs of the student. The goal of the course is to increase general literacy in and knowledge of the Japanese language and culture. Intermediate-high or Advanced-low proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking Japanese is the targeted outcome. Permission of the Department Chair required.
Prerequisites: JPA 201 [Min Grade: C]

JPA 490. Study Abroad: Japan. 1-6 Hour.

Approved upper-level study-abroad program in Japan. Permission of Department Chair and Study-Abroad Director.