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Two-year Language Programs – Oral Communication Track
Students of Japanese may choose to focus their language studies based on their personal learning goals. Two different tracks of study are available for such students:
- the Main Track
- the Oral Communication Track
The Two-year Language Programs fullfill the languague requirement.
Oral Communication Track
The Oral Communication track consists of JPN 111, 112, 211, and 212.
This sequence of three-credit courses meet three times a week (MWF). The oral communication track focuses almost exclusively on verbal interaction. The course materialsfeature dialogues that have been developed based upon actual conversations in Japanese. They also include explanations that focus on how language is used in a given situation or in doing a given task, e.g., conversational organization, turntaking, grammatical structures, fixed expressions, vocabulary, etc. These materials are used to provide realistic communicative models and important linguistic resources. Students can immediately apply what they have learned in class to talk with their Japanese peers and get things done in Japanese such as inviting a classmate to a party, ordering in restaurants, and discussing cultural similarities and differences between Hawai‘i, the mainland, and Japan.
Reading and Writing
Students are required to learn to read and write hiragana and katakana in order to use the course materials. There are a limited number of Chinese characters (kanji) covered for recognition only. There is no formal writing component other than writing sentences for practice purposes.
The primary focus of class activities is on learning how to interact in Japanese in different settings. Classroom activities include some or all of the following:
• Consciousness-raising activity: comparing Japanese and English conversations to find similarities and differences and then, discussing the differences and similarities between the English conversation and Japanese conversation.
• Understanding the model dialogues: studying the model dialogues to learn the overall conversational flow, how to phrase communicative actions such as inviting, making requests, complimenting, or simply exchanging information, etc. The dialogues are full of important resourcesthat make the conversation natural and effective.
• Communicative practice: talking with classmates and the teacher and trying out different scenarios to prepare for a spontaneous conversation. Activities include role-plays, games, collaborative activities, etc.
• Demonstration: trying out the conversation with the teacher or a classmate and get feedback in a very supportive environment.
• Video Clips: watching YouTube videos developed for these courses, and getting exposure to natural conversation.
• Talk story: talking about Japanese people and culture and making connections to your own culture.
• Assignments: preparatory homework (reading and understanding dialogs), worksheets, listening comprehension exercises(audio and video).
Current Courses and Materials
- Meets 3 times a week (MWF).
- Fullfills language requirement.
- JPN111 is a prerequisite for JPN102 and JPN112.
- JPN112 is a prerequisite for JPN211 only.
- JPN211 is a prequisisite for JPN212 only.