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This is the second quarter of a three-quarter sequence of first-year Japanese (Japan 101-3).  Students must i) have completed (and passed) Japan 101 (or equivalent), ii) be placed into Japan 102 by the Japanese placement exam, or iii) have received a permission from the instructor.  Students who do not satisfy one of these or have not passed Japan 101 are not permitted to start at this level.  In addition, native speakers of Japanese, students with substantial background in Japanese by completing Japan 102 (or its equivalent) or higher level of Japanese course by residence in Japan or by heritage are not permitted to register for this course irrespective of circumstances (including a result of placement test).  No exception will be made.  Failure to follow this instruction may result in no grade for this course.  Those who have any questions about his/her background in Japanese must seek advice from the instructor. 

The course is a hybrid of web-based course materials and classroom activities.  Web-based materials consists of 1) introduction of grammar, vocabulary, Kanji, and cultural notes, 2) interactive exercises, and 3) quizzes.  Students are expected to work extensively and repeatedly on these web-based materials.  Classroom activities are based on these activities and aim at putting these materials into actual use.  Failure to prepare for classroom activities using web-based materials would result in poor performance in classroom and would negatively affect your grade. 


Main Instructor
Kaoru Ohta (太田 薫), Ph.D Office: Gowen 246 Ph. 206.543.6936

Contact via e-mail for appointment

Zoom meeting ID:532 011 4970

Teaching Assistants Gowen M223 Ph. 206.543.4685
DeTora, Benjamin (ベンジャミン・デトラ) Office hours: TBA
Ding, Jaime (ジェイミー・ディン) Office hours: TBA
Ma, Sihan (シーハン・マ) Office hours: TBA

Tanahashi, Ami (棚橋 亜美) Office hours: TBA
Tujimura, Rie (辻村 理絵) Office hours: TBA
Yukimoto, Yasuko (行本 泰子)  


Course webpage

This course aims at acquisition of four basic skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) of Modern Japanese.  By the end of the quarter, students are expected to have a good grasp of Japanese grammar and to put the grammatical knowledge into use in the following situations (along with the materials covered in Japan 112 (Genki 1 ch. 5-9):

Talk about how things are/were
Favorite activities and things:  describing likes and dislikes and preferences
Request, ask permission, and prohibit in Japanese
State reasons

Describe on-going activities and activities perviously completed

vi) describe physical characteristics of people
vii) describe your family members

learn how to count numbers in Japanese

ix) Quote an idea or a speech
  Date Time Classroom/Zoom Meeting ID Instructor
A   T/Th 9:30-10:20 990 5434 8590 Ohta
B   T/Th 11:30-12:20 923 7147 4878 Ohta
C   T/Th 12:30-1:20 948 4350 4482 Ohta
Quiz Section
AA/BA/CA   M/W/F 9:30-10:20 CDH 110B Ma
AB/BB/CB   M/W/F 9:30-10:20 CLK 120 DeTora
AC/BC/CC   M/W/F 10:30-11:20 CDH 110B Ma
AD/BD/CD   M/W/F 10:30-11:20 LOW 219 DeTora
AE/BE/CE   M/W/F 10:30-11:20 LOW 102 Tanahashi
AF/BF/CF   M/W/F 10:30-11:20 LOW 117 Yukimoto
AG/BG/CG   M/W/F 11:30-11:20 CDH 141 Tanahashi
AH/BH/CH   M/W/F 11:30-12:20 DEN 258 Yukomoto
AI/BI/CI   M/W/F 11:30-12:20 CDH 110B Tsujihara
AJ/BJ/CJ   M/W/F 11:30-12:20 BAG 108 Ding
AK/BK/CK   M/W/F 12:30-1:30 CDH 110B Tanahashi
AL/BL/CL   M/W/F 12:30-1:20 CMU 243 Ding
Required Materials Textbook GENKI 1 by Banno, et al. The Japan Times (3rd Edition)
Workbook GENKI 1 Workbook by Banno, et al. The Japan Times (3rd Edition)
Textbook and Workbookl are available at the University Bookstore
Web Course (Canvas)



As a student in this class, it is your responsibility to:

  • Attend class everyday.
  • Participate in all classroom activities, making an effort to use Spanish as much as possible.
  • Come to class always prepared, having read and studied the materials assigned by your instructor.
  • Submit all assignments on the due date, regardless of whether you are present in class or not.
  • Contact a classmate when missing a class to get updated on classroom activities and assignments. You are responsible for all material presented in class and all assigned homework, whether you are present in class or not.
  • Check your email everyday and visit the course webpage regularly to keep updated on important class information and changes on due dates.
  • Follow common courtesy norms and turn off your cellular phone before class begins.

All the students in the course are expected to adhere to the University of Washington Student Conduct Code (CH. 478-123 WAC) and Acadecmic intetgrety. Please read this website for more details.

Grades: Your final grades will be determined based on the following breakdown. Grade distribution is "absolute grading method based on fixed scale." Read also carefully about our make-up policies.
Mid-term Exams 11%
Attendance/Class Participation: Students are expected to be punctual and fully participate in lecture and classroom activities. Please refrain from engaging in online activities not related to the course. Attendance in classroom alone will NOT be considered as "participated". Please refrain from engaging in online activities not related to the course. In order to be fully credited as "attended/participated", students must be aleart to the activities taking place in classrooms and when prompted, engage in the assigned classroom activities. If you are absemt from class, for illness, unexpected accidents, tardiness, etc., you will NOT receive participation point for the day. Excused absence is granted only if you arrange in advance following the University policy of Excused Absence (see below).
Homework:  Homework is assigned daily, and may be announced/distributed in either sections or lecture sessions. For Homework schedule, see the course schedule or homework schedule pages. Pleasee make every effort to turn in the complete homework at the beginning of the class on its due date. In case you miss a class for reasons beyond your control, turn in the homework on the first occasion that you can turn in.
Quizzes: Please refer to course schedule for the dates of quizzes. One quiz that you lost most points will be dropped from your course grade. Please adhere to The university’s policy on plagiarism and academic misconduct is a part of the Student Conduct Code, which cites the definition of academic misconduct in the WAC 478-121. (WAC is an abbreviation for the Washington Administrative Code, the set of state regulations for the university. The entire chapter of the WAC on the student conduct code is here). Please also note our make-up policy.
Exams: Final-exam for the course will be given at 10:30am (until 12:20pm) on 3/15(Sat). Location will be announced later.  (This is different date from what is scheduled in the final exam schedule.  Please make sure that your personal schedule is adjusted as no make-up final will be administered before or after this date.) Mid-term exams consist of two parts: listening/reading comprehension to be given on 2/54 (lecture) and writing section will be given on 2/5 (quiz section).
Oral Interview:  There will be an oral interview win 10th week. Details of each oral einterview will be announced later.

Make-up Policies: In order to allow maximum flexibility of students' schedule, one quiz will be dropped from their grades. This "one drop" policy will generally applied to those who miss a quiz. For reasons beyond students' control, if they miss more than one quizzes, accommodations will be provided depending on the circumstances. Please consult the main instructor if such circumstances arises.

Final exam will be given on Saturday (3/15). To accommodate students who 1) have another final during 10:30am-12:20pm on the same day and/or 2) have multiple final exams on the same date, a make-up final will be scheduled one day before the final exam date (Friday before the final exam at 1:30-3:20pm). An anouncement will be distributed about 7th week regarding the make-up exam. If neither dates are convenient, another date may be set up for a make-up. Please consult the instructor.


University Policies:

Please note the following University Policies:

Conduct: The University of Washington Student Conduct Code (WAC 478-121) defines prohibited academic and behavioral conduct and describes how the University holds students accountable as they pursue their academic goals. Allegations of misconduct by students may be referred to the appropriate campus office for investigation and resolution. More information can be found online at

Disability Resources: Your experience in this class is important to me. If you have already established accommodations with Disability Resources for Students (DRS), please communicate your approved accommodations to me at your earliest convenience so we can discuss your needs in this course.

If you have not yet established services through DRS, but have a temporary health condition or permanent disability that requires accommodations (conditions include but not limited to; mental health, attention-related, learning, vision, hearing, physical or health impacts), you are welcome to contact DRS at 206-543-8924 or or DRS offers resources and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and/or temporary health conditions.  Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process between you, your instructor(s) and DRS.  It is the policy and practice of the University of Washington to create inclusive and accessible learning environments consistent with federal and state law.

Academic Integrety: The University takes academic integrity very seriously. Behaving with integrity is part of our responsibility to our shared learning community. If you’re uncertain about if something is academic misconduct, ask me. I am willing to discuss questions you might have.

Acts of academic misconduct may include but are not limited to:

  • Cheating (working collaboratively on quizzes/exams and discussion submissions, sharing answers and previewing quizzes/exams)
  • Plagiarism (representing the work of others as your own without giving appropriate credit to the original author(s))
  • Unauthorized collaboration (working with each other on assignments)

Concerns about these or other behaviors prohibited by the Student Conduct Code will be referred for investigation and adjudication by (include information for specific campus office).

Students found to have engaged in academic misconduct may receive a zero on the assignment (or other possible outcome).

Religious Accommodations: Washington state law requires that UW develop a policy for accommodation of student absences or significant hardship due to reasons of faith or conscience, or for organized religious activities. The UW’s policy, including more information about how to request an accommodation, is available at Faculty Syllabus Guidelines and Resources. Accommodations must be requested within the first two weeks of this course using the Religious Accommodations Request form available at

Safty: Call SafeCampus at 206-685-7233 anytime – no matter where you work or study – to anonymously discuss safety and well-being concerns for yourself or others. SafeCampus’s team of caring professionals will provide individualized support, while discussing short- and long-term solutions and connecting you with additional resources when requested.

Excused Absence from Class:Students are expected to attend class and to participate in all graded activities, including midterms and final examinations. A student who is anticipating being absent from class due to a Religious Accommodation activity needs to complete the Religious Accommodations request process by the second Friday of the quarter. Students who anticipate missing class due to attendance at academic conferences or field trips, or participation in university-sponsored activities should provide a written notice to the instructor ahead of the absence. The instructor will determine if the graded activity or exam can be rescheduled or if there is equivalent work that can be done as an equivalent, as determined by the instructor.

Face Covering:The health and safety of the University of Washington community are the institution’s priorities. Please review and adhere to the UW COVID Face Covering Policy [pdf].

Medical Excuse Notes:Students are expected to attend class and to participate in all graded activities, including midterms and final examinations. To protect student privacy and the integrity of the academic experience, students will not be required to provide a medical excuse note to justify an absence from class due to illness. A student absent from any graded class activity or examination due to illness must request, in writing, to take a rescheduled examination or perform work judged by the instructor to be the equivalent. Students are responsible for taking any number of examinations for which they are scheduled on a given day and may not request an adjustment for this reason alone.

The following is the announcement by the Graduate school and the department about the instruction of teaching assistants:

If you have any concerns about the course or your teaching assistant, please see the instructor about these concerns as soon as possible. If you are not comfortable talking with the instructor or not satisfied with the response that you receive, you may contact Kaoru Ohta in Gowen 246, or at 206.543.6936.

If you are still not satisfied with the response that you receive, you may contact Prof. Zev Handel the chair of the department of Asian Languages and Literature in Gowen 225 or at 206.543.4996. You may also contact the Graduate School at G-1 Communications Bldg, by phone at (206) 543-5900, or by e-mail at