Japanese

The Japanese program at Wheaton provides students with an appreciation and critical understanding of Japan’s literary, linguistic, and cultural traditions. Students are able to engage with Japan’s 1,000+ years history primarily through the lens of language. The program encourages students to think beyond Japan itself, and to consider cultural and historical connections with the rest of East Asia and the world as they proceed in their studies. In light of this, Wheaton offers 6 course of Japanese open to students of various levels.

Over their course of study, students will gain an awareness of self and others in a way that is a vital part of communication in Japan. Competency in a language such as Japanese means students will begin to acquire skills to travel the globe, especially with the prevalence of East Asian cultures in today’s global market and society — speaking and understanding the oral components are just one small part of a dialogue! In conjunction with other courses of study, this program offers a combination of knowledge and skills that help students take part in cross-cultural contexts and to contribute meaningfully to the global challenges of today’s world.

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    JAPN 101 – Elementary Japanese I

    Students will develop the four basic skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing at an elementary level in Japanese. Culturally appropriate communicative skills and an accurate command of basic grammar will be emphasized. Students will master the basic pronunciation of Japanese, and learn the Hiragana and Katakana syllabaries, as well as 58 Kanji. Three weekly class meetings, and language laboratory work.

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    JAPN 102 – Elementary Japanese II

    Students will continue to develop the four basic skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing at a beginning level in Japanese. Culturally appropriate communicative skills and an accurate command of basic grammar will be emphasized. Students will learn more useful expressions which can be used in daily lives, further grammar, more vocabularies and Kanji. Three weekly class meetings, and language laboratory work.

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    JAPN 201 – Intermediate Japanese I

    Students will continue to develop the four basic skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing at an intermediate level in Japanese. Culturally appropriate communicative skills and an accurate command of basic grammar will be emphasized.

Students will learn more useful expressions that can be used in daily lives, further grammar, more vocabularies and Kanji. Students will begin to read short stories, essays and so on. Also they will learn oral skills, like how to interview or make a short speech. Three weekly class meetings, and language laboratory work.

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    JAPN 202 – Intermediate Japanese II

    Students will continue to develop the four basic skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing at an intermediate level in Japanese. Culturally appropriate communicative skills and an accurate command of basic grammar will be emphasized.

Students will learn more useful expressions that can be used in daily lives, further grammar, more vocabularies and Kanji. Students will begin to read short novels, poems, essays and so on. Also they will learn oral skills, like how to interview or make a longer speech. Three weekly class meetings, and language laboratory work.

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    JAPN 299 – Independent Study

    An opportunity to do independent work in a particular area not included in the regular courses.

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    JAPN 301 – Advanced Japanese

    Advanced Japanese is offered at the discretion of the faculty member and meets concurrently with Japanese 201. This advanced course provides students with further development and practice of all language skills.

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    JAPN 302 – Advanced Japanese

    Advanced Japanese is offered at the discretion of the faculty member and meets concurrently with Japanese 202. This advanced course provides students with further development and practice of all language skills.

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    JAPN 399 – Independent Study

    An opportunity to do independent work in a particular area not included in the regular courses.

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    JAPN 499 – Independent Study

    An opportunity to do independent work in a particular area not included in the regular courses.

Robin Tierney

Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese