Soko Gakuen Japanese Language School
1881 Pine Street
San Francisco, California 94109
Telephone: 928-9608
Course Syllabus
TERM: Fall 2017 (33 hours)
SECTION: Beginning 2 SM
INSTRUCTOR: Ms. Halper, email
  http://www.halper-sensei.halper-sf.com
CLASS HOURS : Saturdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
COURSE OBJECTIVES:
Upon completion of this level, the student will be able to:
  • talk about tourist destinations
  • describe what is inside a building
  • talk about numbers of things or people that exist in a particular place
  • talk about the whereabouts of things and people
  • talk about everyday doings--what you will do, when and where
  • say how frequently you do something and give a brief reason for why you do it, order food at a restaurant
  • talk about characteristics of things and people, use basic greetings when visiting people and receiving guests
  • talk about giving and receiving gifts, praise someone's possessions
  • express your thoughts about experiences, gratitude, make telephone calls
  • make plans with someone
  • talk about what you own, offer to help someone and accept or decline someone's offer, give reasons for offering someone something, invite someone to do something, accept or decline someone's invitation
  • write the KATAKANA characters used for telegrams and foreign names of places and persons.

It is strongly recommended that the student purchase the Japanese For Busy People I Kana VERSION as well at this level.

TEXTBOOKS AND MATERIALS:

EVALUATION:
  1. One final exam (2.5 hours).
  2. Upon successful completion (80% or higher attendance rate and 80% or higher final exam score) of the course, a STUDENT PROGRESS REPORT will be written if requested at the time you take the final exam.
  3. Your final exam score and attendance (%) will be kept in a digitized form @STUDENT GRADES AND INFORMATION REPOSITORY.

TEACHING STYLE:
The instructor will create a relaxed, low-anxiety atmosphere in which you can acquire the previously mentioned course objectives with less effort and with ease. The instructor will use an eclectic teaching method.

PROCEDURES:
  1. The instructor will follow the calendar printed on the back page.
  2. In class, student and teacher (and student and student) will engage in interactive language activities, a variety of exercises, using as much Japanese as possible. The instructor, however, will use some mechanical and meaningful drills, when necessary, to develop your kinetic memory for the training of the perceptual motor skills.
  3. Students will reinforce and develop vocabulary, structures, listening and conversational skills through weekly assignments.
  4. The class, however, may be conduted in accordance with the needs of the students in class within the course objectives.


CALENDAR:
Week 1 Sep     23 Brief Review and Lesson 8 --- Going to Nikko
Week 2 Sep     30 Lesson 9 ------------ Looking for a Parking Lot
Week 3 Oct        7 lesson 10 ------------ Making Plans for the Weekend
Week 4 Oct      14 Lesson 11 ------------ At a Tempura Restaurant
Week 5 Oct      21 Lesson 12 ------------ Receiving Hospitality
Week 6 Oct      28 Lesson 13 ------------ Giving Compliments
Week 7 Nov       4 Lesson 13, Review and Quiz
Week 8 Nov      11 Lesson 14 ------------ Expressing Gratitude
Week 9 Nov      18 Lesson 15 ------------ Invitations
  Nov     25 NO CLASS  THANKSGIVING DAY WEEK
Week 10 Dec       2 FINAL EXAM
Week 11 Dec       9 Lesson 16 ------------ Participating in a Festival

PLEASE NOTE:
  1. You are expected to listen to the audio files, memorize new words, read the grammar explanation in the textbook and to complete all assignments before coming to class.
  2. A quiz will be given in class every week.
  3. Please be on time for class; otherwise, you interrupt the lesson for others. Regular class attendance and participation are essential for language learning.
  4. Excessive absences(more than 3 class meetings) may be cause for repetition of the course.
  5. The results of your final exam (%) and attendance (%) will be kept in a digitized form @STUDENT GRADES AND INFORMATION REPOSITORY. Your PROGRESS REPORT will be kept in the Soko Gakuen Records Office, and the Office will release it only upon your request.
  6. When you obtain a score of 80% or higher on the final exam, you move up to a higher level class. Soko Gakuen's exit criteria for each class/level are based on the 1987 ACTFL Japanese Language Proficiency Guidelines.

POLICY ON FINAL EXAM:
If you are unable to take the final exam on the scheduled date due to circumstances beyond your control, the exam may be given only in a similar test-taking situation (under supervision of an instructor at Soko Gakuen). Unless the final exam is made up, NO CERTIFICATE can be issued.

ALL THE ENDEAVORS OF THE TEACHER WILL FAIL TO INSURE SUCCESS UNLESS YOU PREPARE WITH DILIGENCE AND CONSTANCY THE EXERCISES TO BE GIVEN IN CLASS!

YOUR PROGRESS IS MY MAIN CONCERN!