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This is the second quarter of a three-quarter sequence of second-year Japanese (Japan 211-3).  Students must i) have completed (and passed) Japan 211 (or equivalent), ii) be placed into Japan 212 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 212 (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 consists of lecture (T/Th) and quiz section (M/M/W/F). Students are required to register for a lecture and a quiz section. Failure to do so would result in a grade of an F.


Main Instructor
Kaoru Ohta (太田 薫), Ph.D Office: Gowen 246 Ph. 206.543.6936
e-mail: kaoru@u.washington.edu Office hours: M 11:30-12:20am or by appointment  
Teaching Assistants Gowen M224 Ph. 206.616.6575
Ishii, Fubuki (石井 吹雪) fubukiii@uw.edu  
Sato, Yuri (佐藤 友理) yuris3@uw.edu  
Hager, Robert (ロバート・ヘイガー) robhager@uw.edu  


Course webpage https://courses.washington.edu/jlang212/Japan212_W13/Japan212_home.htm
mailman Lecutre A: japan212a_wi13@uw.edu
Lecture B: japan212b_wi13@uw.edu
Lecture C: japan212c_wi13@uw.edu

The purpose of the course is to continue building a solid foundation in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, with classroom and homework activities designed to help students achieve a practical command of the language. Approximately 90 Kanji will be introduced in this course.

At the end of the quarter, students will have aquired expressions and grammatical structures that are relevant to the following topics:

Describing your judgements (appearance, hearsay, emotion, regret, etc.) of a circumstance
Describing events using transitive and intransitive forms of verbs
Being able to use politeness expressions to show deference to certain individuals participating in a conversation or being the partcipants of an event.
Expressing conditional circumstances of an event

In addition, we will continue to practice reading and writing using Japanese characters, including approximately 90 new Kanji (Chinese characters) to be introduced through the quarter.  Relevant Japanese socio-cultural topics will be discussed, too.

Date Time Location Instructor
A T/Th 8:30-9:20 DEN 216 Ohta
B T/Th 10:30-11:20 DEN 216 Ohta
C T/Th 11:30-12:20 DEN 216 Ohta
Quiz Section
AA/BA/CA M/W/F 8:30-9:20 SMI 404 Ishii
AB/BB/CB M/W/F 9:30-10:20 SMI 404 Ishii
AD/BD/CD M/W/F 10:30-11:20 SMI 407 Hager
AE/BE/CE M/W/F 10:30-11:20 SMI 405 Sato
AF/BF/CF M/W/F 11:30-12:20 SMI 405 Sato
AG/BG/CG M/W/F 11:30-12:20 THO 231 Hager
Required Materials Textbook Genki 2 (1st edition), Banno, et. al (The Japan Times)
Workbook/Lab Manual Genki 2 Workbook (The Japan Times)
Textbook and Workbook are available at the University Bookstore
Course Packet see the course packet page
Moodle http://wefli3.lang.washington.edu/~moodle/llc/

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. Your in-class performance will be evaluated and weighs 10% of your grades (this includes calling on students in class and pop quizzes).e

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

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

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.
Kanji Quizzes 12%
Vocabulary Quizzes 8%
Mid-term Exam 10%
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. Your in-class performance will be evaluated and weighs 10% of your grades (this includes calling on students in class and pop quizzes).
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.
Grammar Quizzes, Kanji Quizzes, Vocabulary Quizzes: Weekly quizzes will cover the materials from the lecture and sections of the week.  .  There will also be Kanji Quiz, covering Kanji introduced in lecture.  Both weekly quizzes and Kanji quizzes are given in lectures (see the schedule).  You are NOT allowed to attend a different section to take the quiz.  Unscheduled vocabulary quizzes (you TA will announce when vocabulary quizzes will be given).  Please see our make-up policy.
Mid-term Exam: There will be one mid-term exam covering Chapters 17 and 18 and given on 2/2 (Th). Details will be announced in lecture.
Final Exam: Final-exam for the course will be given at 8:30am (until 10:20am) 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.)
Oral Exams:  There will be two oral interviews (5th and 10th week) during the regular quiz section.  Details of each oral exam will be announced the week prior to the interview 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.
Study Abroad: Study Abroad poortounities in Japan are available for students who have beyond 1st year level of proficiency with a very good standing (3.0 GPA or higher) through the office of IPE. Some programs are designed for language study only and some are for both language and cultural studies. There will be informational meetings throughout the academic year, sponsored by the Japanese language program or the department of Asian Languages and Literature. Announcements will be made through the course webpage and e-mail.

What does a course grade mean?
3.9 - 4.0 (A):  Superior performance in all aspects of the course with work exemplifying the highest quality. Unquestionably prepared for subsequent courses in field.
3.5-3.8 (A-):  Superior performance in most aspects of the course; high quality work in the remainder. Unquestionably prepared for subsequent courses in field.
3.2 - 3.4 (B+):  High quality performance in all or most aspects of the course. Very good chance of success in subsequent courses in field.
2.9 - 3.1(B):  High quality performance in some of the course; satisfactory performance in the remainder. Good chance of success in subsequent courses in field.
2.5 - 2.8 (B-):  Satisfactory performance in the course. Evidence of sufficient learning to succeed in subsequent courses in field.
2.2 - 2.4 (C+):  Satisfactory performance in most of the course, with the remainder being somewhat substandard. Evidence of sufficient learning to succeed in subsequent courses in field with effort.
1.9 - 2.1 (C):  Evidence of some learning but generally marginal performance. Marginal chance of success in subsequent courses in field.
1.5 - 1.8 (C-):  Minimal learning and substandard performance throughout the course. Doubtful chance of success in subsequent courses.
1.2 - 1.4 (D+):  Minimal learning and low quality performance throughout the course. Doubtful chance of success in subsequent courses.
0.9 - 1.1 (D):  Very minimal learning and very low quality performance in all aspects of the course. Highly doubtful chance of success in subsequent courses in field.
0.7 - 0.8 (D-):  Little evidence of learning. Poor performance in all aspects of the course. Almost totally unprepared for subsequent courses in field.

0.0 (E):  Complete absence of evidence of learning. Totally unprepared for subsequent courses in field.

J-Info Announcement List

You are welcome to subscribe to the “J-info” list, where announcements are posted for students who are studying Japanese.  Typical postings include Japan-related lectures, job announcements, study abroad information, Japan-related events, etc.  Students cannot send postings themselves, but may send information to an instructor for posting.

To subscribe to J-info:

  1. Compose a message to listproc@u.washington.edu
  2. The text of the message should say: subscribe j-info<student’s own name>

The portion of the above command in brackets should be replaced with your own name.
The brackets should not be included in the command.

The following is the announcement by the Graduate

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.William B. Boltz, 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 elf@u.washington.edu