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This is the second quarter of a three-quarter sequence of first-year Japanese (Japan 111-3).  Students must i) have completed (and passed) Japan 111 (or equivalent), ii) be placed into Japan 112 by the Japan 100-level placement exam, or iii) have received a permission from the instructor.  Students who do not satisfy one of these or have not passed Japan 111 are not permitted to start at this level.  In addition, native speakers of Japanese, students with substantial background in Japanese by completing Japan 112 (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
e-mail: Office hours:, Th 1:30-2:20pm or by appointment  
Teaching Assistants Gowen M223 Ph. 206.543.4685
Bond, Nathaniel (ナサニエル・ボンド) Office hours: TBA
Burton, Benjamin (ベンジャミン・バートン) burtonb@uw.ed Office hours: TBA
Hatch, Teshika(テシカ・ハッチ) Office hours: TBA
Takeuchi, Kisaki (竹内 紀咲) Office hours: TBA
Taylor, Arden (アーデン・テイラー) Office hours: TBA


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 Location Instructor
A   T/Th 9:30-10:20 ECE 125 Ohta
B   T/Th 11:30-12:20 SMI 211 Ohta
C   T/Th 11:30-1:20 SMI 211 Ohta
Quiz Section
AA/BA/CA   M/W/F 9:30-10:20 LOW 219 Burton
AB/BB/CB   M/W/F 9:30-10:20 CDH 128 Hatch
AC/BC/CC   M/W/F 10:30-11:20 LOW 219 Burton
AD/BD/CD   M/W/F 10:30-11:20 CDH 128 Hatch
AE/BE/CE   M/W/F 10:30-11:20 ECE 054 Taylor
AF/BF/CF   M/W/F 10:30-11:20 ECE 025 Takeuchi
AG/BG/CG   M/W/F 11:30-12:30 CDH 128 Bond
AH/BH/CH   M/W/F 11:30-12:20 ECE 054 Taylor
AI/BI/CI   M/W/F 11:30-12:20 ECE 025 Takeuchi
AJ/BJ/CJ   M/W/F 11:30-12:20 MGH 287 Ohta
AK/BK/CK   M/W/F 12:30-1:30 CDH 128 Bond
AL/BL/CL   M/W/F 12:30-1:20 MGH 2878 Ohta
        THO 334 Burton
        MGH 251 Sakamoto
Required Materials Textbook GENKI 1 by Banno, et al. The Japan Times
Workbook GENKI 1 Workbook by Banno, et al. The Japan Times
Textbook and Workbookl are available at the University Bookstore
Course Packet

see the course packet page (course packets available at Ram's Copy

Web Course (Canvas)



Students are expected to study (both preparation and review) a minimum of one hour a day for the course.  Along with doing assigned homework, it is imperative that students review what was covered in class by going over activities done that day in the class, studying vocabulary, and practicing with classmates.  Studying with a study partner is highly recommended.

Sections are conducted all in Japanese.  This is because sections are designed to help you learn grammar points, vocabulary, and how to use them in communicative situations through use of Japanese.  You may ask questions about grammar, etc., in English before or after the section, during the lecture, during office hours, or by e-mail directly to a TA or to the professor.  Active participation in sections is expected.  Pair/group activities during sections are most valuable when students participate in them using Japanese as much as possible.

Section and lecture attendance is mandatory.  If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to obtain missed assignments/notes from a classmate. 

Weekly lectures will introduce grammatical patterns, discuss common mistakes, explain socio-cultural aspects of Japanese, and answer your questions.  Homework assignments may also be given.

Starting Japan 112, students are required to use online course materials as well. Details as to how to install Japanese fonts on your computer is given in the online course. However, during lecture and quiz section, use of electronic devices (laptop, smartphone, tablet, etc.) is NOT permitted under any circumstances. Violator of this rule will be asked to turn in his/her device until the class period ends.

Announcements are also made over e-mail.  A class e-mail list will be created based on the 10th-day class list published in Week 3.  If you do not already have an e-mail account, be sure to obtain one by the end of Week 1

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.

In order to maintain the exam scurity, no use of electronic devices are permitted until you leave the classroom. Failure to follow this rule will automtically result in a 0 on your exam.

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: Full credit will be given to those who are present at the bell until the end of class.  Tardiness or leaving early will be so marked and may not receive any credit.  You also must participate in class activities in order to receive a full credit.  If you miss section or lecture for unexpected reasons, it is your responsibility to "catch up."  This includes assignments.  Please be reminded that lack of attendance or preparation on your part does not obligate your teachers to take up the slack
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. In order to receive a full credit, each assignment must be completed fully and carefully by the due date.  You answers must be checked using the answer keys provided (on the course web page) prior to submission wherever the answer keys are provided.  No credit will be given for homework completed during class time.  Late homework is only accepted in case of unexpected emergency.
Quizzes: There will be 16 quizzes given in lecture as noted on the schedule.  Each grammar quiz will be5-10 minutes long and will cover grammar, reading, and listening, vocabulary and Kanji. For each quiz, you will be given a time limit.  It is your responsibility to prepare for the quiz and complete it by yourself.  If the instructor determines that students engage in misconduct, such students will receive no credit for the quiz/exam in question. Please see our make-up policy.
Exams: Final-exam for the course will be given at 10:30am (until 12:20pm) on 3/16 (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 2/5 (lecture) and writing section will be given on 2/6 (quiz section).
Oral Exams:  There will be an oral exams will be given in this course.  Details of each oral exam will be announced the week prior to the exam date.
Make-up Policies: There are no make-ups for quizzes, orals, or the final exam.  It is your responsibility to attend class daily, including days when quizzes are administered.  The lowest quiz of each category will be dropped to permit flexibility and to accommodated emergencies and illness.  The only exception can be pre-arranged if students will participate in official university business (this includes a final exam conflict).  Make-up quizzes and exams will NEVER be granted for personal travel (including family obligations) or social engagements (whether or not university-related).  In either case, a proper documentation must be submitted for approval and a prior arrangement must be made.  No make-up will be granted for whatever reasons, including official university business AFTER the date when a quiz, exam, or oral exam is administered. Course Schedule is provided in the course schedule.  Please note, however, that this is a tentative schedule and may be subject to change.  So, please pay attention on any announcement made during the lecture, section, or via e-mail or web page.

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. Paul Atkins, 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