Japan 213 Syllabus

Welcome to Japan 213
Japan 213 is the third of a three-quarter sequence of 2nd year Japanese (Japan 211-213).  Students must have completed and passed Japan 212 (or its equivalent).  If you have any questions about your placement, please contact the main instructor as soon as possible. 
Students who miss the 1st three days of instruction will be dropped from this course per departmental regulation. 
Please note that Japan 311 (the 1st quarter of 3rd year Japanese) and Japan 334 (summer intensive 3rd year Japanese) have an entrance cut-off of a 2.0 or higher in Japan 213.  Students who do not satisfy this cut-off will be automatically dropped from Japan 311 prior to Autumn quarter, or 334 prior to Summer quarter.
Main Instructor
Kaoru Ohta, Ph.D   e-mail:  kaoru@uw.edu
Office:  Gowen 246 Phone:  206-543-6936   
Office Hours:  M11:30-12:20
teaching Assistants
Hager, Robert robhager@uw.edu

Ochi, Memmi (越智 めみ)


Xie, Kai(謝 開)

Office:  Gowen M224  
Phone: 206-616-6575  
Office Hours:  TBA  
A T/Th 8:30-9:20 DEN 216 Ohta
B T/Th 10:30-11:20 CMU 226 Ohta
C T/Th 11:30-12:30 CMU 226 Ohta
Quiz Sections
A (AA/BA/CA) MWF 8:30-9:20 MGH 287 Xie
B (AB/BB/CB) MWF 9:30-10:20

MGH 287

C (AC/BC/CC) MWF 10:30-11:20 CMU 326 Hager
D (AD/BD/CD) MWF 11:30-12:20 CMU 326 Hager
E (AE/BE/CE) MWF 10:30-11:20  SMI 405 Ochi
F (AF/BF/CF)  MWF 11:30-12:20 SMI 405 Ochi
Goal of this course
The goal of this course is to continue building a solid foundation in speaking, listening, reading and writing Modern Common Japanese.  At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to:
  • Confidently carry out simple interactions in Japanese
  • Understand basic sentence structures of various types in Japanese
  • Recognize about 300 Kanji characters and reproduce most of them
  • Review 100- and 200-levels grammar, Kanji, reading, and listening
Specific grammar points covered in this course will be:
  • Passive
  • Causative
  • Causative-Passive
  • Expressing preparedness with 〜てある
  • Describing two simultaneous activities with 〜間
  • Expressing positive action to change the state of being 〜くする
  • Expressing your desire for someone to do something with 〜てほしい
  • command form
  • Conditional form
  • Disjunctive conjunction 〜のに
  • Expressing the expected results with 〜のよう
  • "Even if" with 〜ても
  • Talk about your decision with 〜ことにする
  • Particle まで
  • ”how to ~" with 〜方
In order to achieve these goals and cover all of these grammar forms, the course is divided into two components: lecture and quiz section.  During lecture (which meets Tuesdays and Thursdays), explanations about words and sentence structures will be given as well as presentation of cultural issues related to the Japanese language, along with some group practice of basic sentence structures.  Explanations will be mostly delivered in English but when appropriate, Japanese will be used.  Quiz sections will be devoted to practicing grammatical structure, developing communication skills in Japanese, and doing a variety of small group language activities.  Students are expected to prepare for quiz section activities by attending the lecture, studying and reviewing the textbook, and completing assignments.  Please refrain from speaking English in quiz section to maximize your opportunities to practice Japanese.  Any questions about grammar and cultural issues related to the Japanese language must be raised during the lecture or instructors’ office hours.  In addition to regular classroom work, worksheets and online work will be assigned. For details, see the course schedule.
Course Materials
All the materials listed below are required and available at the University Bookstore
Main Textbook

Banno, et. al Genki 2 (1st edition) The Japan Times

Supplementary Materials Workbook Genki 2 (The Japan Times) 1st edition 
Notes:  The homework schedule is available online at the course website ( > Homework).  In order to receive credit for Workbook/Course Packet assignments, please check your answers (and correct as necessary) using a distinctive color pen PRIOR TO submission. Failure to do corrections will results in 0 credit for the assignments even if turned in on time.  Also, see our late homework policies below.
Course Packet

Course packet for Japan 213 available at Rams Copy

Because this is a language course, your work outside the classroom is essential in succeeding in this course.  Outside the classroom activities include (but are not limited to)
  • Preparation
  • Review
  • Doing homework and checking your answers
  • Working with study buddy (or buddies)
  • Forming a study group
  • Visit your instructors’ office hours
  • Practicing with language exchange partners

In classroom, students are expected to:

  • Actively engage in small group or individual work
  • Refrain from completing homework, chatting with classmates in English
  • Not disrupt class with unrelated questions/comments
  • Refrain from surfing the internet and texting

Being physically in the classroom does not constitute attendance if you are not paying attention.

In case you have to miss a class session:


It is your responsibility to arrange for copies of class notes, homework assignments, worksheet distributed, and to submit your assignments ON TIME.  Please come to collect any missed handouts directly to your instructor.  In general, we do NOT distribute handouts nor accept homework submitted as an attachment to e-mail.


Your grades will be assigned using the following breakdown (read the explanation below).  Grades are subject to the fixed scale grading.

    Class Participation 5%
  Homework 6%
  Review Quizzes & Online Assignments 10%
  5 Grammar Quizzes 32%
  5 Kanji Quizzes 14%
  6 Vocabulary Quizzes 5%
  Skit/Oral Interview 6%
  Mid-term Exam 8%
  Final Exam 14%
Class Participation:

Attending both quiz section and lecture is mandatory.  Failing to attend over 20% of the course will result in no credit.  Please also note that in case you have circumstances beyond your control at the end of the quarter and request an I(ncomplete), the only cases in which a grade of I can be granted are those where the student has regularly attended class throughout the quarter.  Class participation is a combination of your attendance and your instructor’s evaluation of your classroom participation and achievement.  Your instructor will evaluate your performance daily.  The format will vary:  it may be your performance during small group activities, or it may be in the form of pop-quizzes.


In addition to the homework listed on the homework schedule (see course website > Homework), your instructor may assign additional homework.  All the homework must be completed PRIOR TO the due date (at the beginning of the class on the date due); no credit will be given to homework submitted AFTER the due date without prior arrangement.    As noted earlier, your answers for Workbook/Lab Manual homework MUST BE checked with the answer keys provided (see course website > Links).

Review Quizzes Online Assignments:

Throughout the quarter, both 100- and 200-level grammar, Kanji, reading, and listening will be reviewed using commercially avaialble materials. Some materials may be covered in quiz section but mostly students are expected to complete worksheet at home. Listening exercises will be assigned online throug Moodle (http://wefli4.lang.washington.edu/moodle2/).  To sign up for Moodle, use the enrolment key haru2013.


Throughout the quarter, grammar, Kanji, and vocabulary quizzes will be given.  Grammar and Kanji quizzes are given as listed in the course schedule (see course website > Schedule).  Vocabulary quizzes will be given in quiz section and your instructor will inform you when the quizzes will be given.  The lowest quiz from each group will be dropped from your course grade (this does not apply to pop quizzes).    See also our Make-up Policy.

Skit and Oral Intervew:

In 9th and 10th week, a skit performane and an oral interview will be given. Instruction for skit performance will be given at 7th week. Oral interview will consist of Questions and Answers, Role-play, and One-minute speech.  The topic of the one minute speech will be taken from the oral essay assignments.   More details will be announced in the 8th week.

Mid-term Exam
Mid-term exam will be given on 5/7(Tu) during the lecture.  There will be no make-up final unless prior arrangements (approval must be obtained from the main instructor in advance before a make-up can be arranged).  Please also see the make-up policy for the course.
Final Exam:

The Final Exam will be given on 6/8 (Sat.) from 8:30am-10:20am.  This is different from the regularly scheduled final exam (location TBA).  There will be no make-up final unless prior arrangements (approval must be obtained from the main instructor in advance before a make-up can be arranged).  Please also see the make-up policy for the course.

Make-up Policy

No make-ups will be granted for quizzes and exams.  The policy of dropping the lowest quiz permits flexibility and accommodates minor illness and personal business.  The only exception can be made if pre-arrangement is granted for official university business and emergencies beyond a students’ control.

Concerns about the Instruction or Conduct of Teaching Assistants
Should you have any concerns about your the quality of instruction you are receiving or about TA conduct, please see your teaching assistant about these concerns as soon as possible.  If you are not comfortable talking directly with the TA in question, or if you are not satisfied with the response that you have received, please contact the main instructor.

If you are still dissatisfied with the response, you may then contact the department chair, Prof. Willam B Boltz boltzwm@uw.edu (alternatively, 206-543-4996).  You may also contact the Graduate School elf@uw.edu or call 543-5900.