ELJ101: Elementary Japaense 1

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Course information

  • Instructor: Tomonori Nagano, Ph.D.
  • Syllabus: Syllabus
  • https://www.t-nagano.com/mycourses/ELJ101/ | tnagano@lagcc.cuny.edu | 718-482-5484 | B-234FF
  • Office hours: E-mail is preferred, with which you should expect my response within 24 hours. Also, please talk to me after class if you have any question about the class.
  • Class schedule:
    • Mon & Wed 10:30-12:45pm (Room B-129)
    • Tue 10:30-12:45pm (C-222)
    • Thur 10:30-12:45pm (C-253/Lab with Ms. Saki Amemiya)

Announcements

  • The Fall 2016 semester begins on Thursday, September 8 (see the academic calendar for important dates in Spring 2016)
  • You will receive the first few chapters of the textbook by e-mail. Please make sure to submit your e-mail addresses on the first day of the class. By the third week, you should buy the textbook and the workbook.
  • Purchasing options for the textbook/workbook (the prices are as of September 2016)
  • Audio files for the textbook and the workbook are available at here.
  • Tutoring for Japanese language courses are available at B-206 (Modern Langauge Lab). Below is the Fall 2016 tutoring schedule
    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
    Abdul Alsallal 4:00pm-8:00pm 4:30pm-8:30pm
    Jun Choi 9:00am-12:30pm 9:00am-12:00pm 9:00am-10:30am
    Yukari Izumiyama 8:00am-9:00pm 9:30am-2:30pm
    3:30pm-6:30pm
    2:15am-3:15pm
  • See the Japan-related event announcements on the Japanese Option Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LaGCCJapanOption/.
  • Your homework grades have been posted on BlackBoard
  • If you use a smartphone, you might be interested in this Japanese vocabulary application. It's a bit pricy ($5.99), but this vocabulary app comes with images used in the textbook and audio files for all vocabulary in our textbook.
  • Your homework grades have been posted on BlackBoard
  • Translate your names to カタカナ here.

Weekly schedule

  • Lecture
    • Ch.00 あいさつ / Greetings (ex. おはよう)
    • Ch.00 ひらがな / Japanese Writing System (あ〜こ)
  • Preparation for this class (finish before the class)
    • Textbook (Reading): Japanese writing system 1 (pp. 24-25)
    • Textbook (Listening): Greetings (pp. 34-35)
    • Textbook (Reading): Expression Note (p. 36)
  • Lab
    • Workbook: Greetings (pp. 11-12)
    • Textbook Exercises: Hiragana (pp. 290)
  • Homework due next class
    • Workbook: Hiragana あ〜こ (p. 117)
  • Lecture
    • Ch.00 あいさつ / Greetings (ex. おはよう)
    • Ch.00 ひらがな / Japanese Writing System (さ〜と、な〜ほ、ま〜よ)
    • Ch.01 数字 (1~100) / Numbers 1-100 (ex. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 …)
    • Ch.01 電話番号 / Telephone numbers (ex. 電話番号は356-6520です。)
    • Ch.01 X は Y です / X-wa Y-desu (ex. メアリーさんはアメリカ人です。)
  • Preparation for this class (finish before the class)
    • Textbook (Listening): Practice-I Numbers (p. 48 / K01-07)
    • Textbook (Listening): Vocabulary (pp. 40-41 / K01-05), Time (p. 49 / K01-11) & Dialogue I (p. 38 / K01-01 and K01-02)
    • Textbook (Reading): Grammar (pp. 42-44)
  • Homework due next class
    • Workbook: Numbers (p. 13)
    • Workbook (Listening): Listening Comprehension Greetings (p. 17 / W01-A)
    • Workbook: Hiragana さ〜と、な〜ほ、ま〜よ (pp. 118-120)
  • Lecture
    • Ch.00 ひらがな / Japanese Writing System (ら〜ん)、Practice あ〜ん
    • Ch.01 X は Y です / X-wa Y-desu (ex. メアリーさんはアメリカ人です。)
    • Ch.01 時間 / Time (ex. 今、八時です。)
    • Ch.01 疑問文 / Question sentences (ex. 留学生ですか。)
  • Preparation for this class (finish before the class)
    • Textbook (Reading): Time / Age (p. 57)
    • Textbook (Listening): Dialogue II (pp. 39 / K01-03 and K01-04)
    • Textbook (Reading): Expression Note 2 (pp. 46-47)
  • Lab
  • Homework due next class
    • Workbook: Question sentences (p. 16)
    • Workbook (Listening): Listening Comprehension (p. 18 / W01-B, W01-C, and W01-D)
    • Workbook: Hiragana ら〜ん (pp. 121)
  • Quiz
  • Lecture
    • Ch.00 ひらがな / Japanese Writing System (Voiced, Plosive, Double consonants, and Glide Sounds)
    • Ch.01 助詞「の」 / The particle No (ex. 日本語の学生です。)
  • Preparation for this class (finish before the class)
    • Textbook (Reading): Japanese writing system 2-5 (pp. 25-27)
    • Start thinking of your first presentation
  • Homework due next class
    • Workbook: Questions (p. 19)
    • Workbook: NounのNoun and XはYです (p. 15)
    • Workbook: Hiragana (Dots/Circles/Small ゃゅょ) (pp. 122 - 123)
  • Quiz
  • Lecture
    • Ch.02 数字(100~100,000) / Numbers 100-100,000 (ex. 100, 101, 102, 103, 104 …)
    • Ch.02 これ/それ/あれ/どれ / Kore/Sore/Are/Sore/Dore (ex. これは何ですか。)
  • Preparation for this class (finish before the class)
    • Textbook (Listening): Dialogue I (p. 58 / K02-01 and K02-02)
    • Textbook (Listening): Numbers (p. 69 / K02-06)
    • Textbook (Reading): Grammar これ/それ/あれ/どれ (p. 62)
  • Lab
    • Finish the draft for your first presentation
  • Homework due next class
    • Workbook: Numbers (p.20)
    • Workbook: これ、それ and あれ (p. 21)
    • Practice for your presentation
  • Presentation
  • Lecture
    • Ch.02 Vocabulary
    • Ch.02 この/その/あの/どの + noun / Kono/Sono/Ano/Dono + noun (ex. この本はいくらですか。)
    • Ch.02 ここ/そこ/あそこ/どこ / Koko/Soko/Asoko/Doko (ex. 銀行はあそこです。)
    • Ch.02 Noun + じゃないです / Noun + jyanaidesu (ex. メアリーさんは日本人じゃないです。)
  • Preparation for this class (finish before the class)
    • Textbook (Reading): Culture Note おかね (p. 68)
    • Textbook (Listening): Vocabulary (pp. 60-61 / K02-05)
    • Textbook (Listening): Dialogue II (pp. 58-59 / K02-03 and K02-04)
    • Textbook (Reading): Grammar この/その/あの/どの + noun (p. 63) and ここ/そこ/あそこ/どこ (p. 64)
    • Textbook (Reading): Grammar noun じゃないです (p. 65)
  • Homework due next class
    • Workbook: この/その/あの/どの + noun (p.22)
    • Workbook: Listening Comprehension (p. 25 / W02-A, W02-B, W02-C)
  • Quiz
  • Lecture
    • Ch.02 だれの + noun / Dareno + noun (ex. これはだれのかさですか。)
    • Ch.02 助詞「も」 / The particle Mo (ex. お母さんも日本人です。)
    • Ch.02 助詞「ね」「よ」 / The particles Ne and Yo (ex. おいしいですね。)
  • Preparation for this class (finish before the class)
    • Textbook (Reading): Grammar だれの+Noun (p. 64)
    • Textbook (Reading): Grammar Noun+も (p. 65)
    • Textbook (Reading): Grammar 〜ね / 〜よ (p. 66)
    • Textbook (Reading): Expression Note 3 (p. 67)
    • Textbook (Reading): Useful Expressions (In the classroom; p. 83)
  • Lab
  • Homework due next class
    • Workbook: ここ/そこ/あそこ/だれの (p.23)
    • Workbook: nounも/nounじゃないです (p.24)
  • Quiz
  • Lecture
    • Ch.00 カタカナ / Japanese Writing System (Katakana)
    • Ch.02 まとめ (Summary)
  • Preparation for this class (finish before the class)
    • Textbook (Reading): Japanese writing system Katakana (pp. 28-30)
  • Lab
  • Homework due next class
    • Workbook: Questions (p.26)
    • Workbook: カタカナ (ア-コ、サ-ト) (p.124-125)

  • Lecture
    • Ch.03 動詞(現在) / Verbs (present tense) (ex. たべる、たべます、のむ、のみます)
  • Preparation for this class (finish before the class)
    • Textbook (Listening): Vocabulary (pp. 86-87 / K03-05)
    • Textbook (Reading): Grammar Verb Conjugation (pp. 88-89)
    • Textbook (Reading): Grammar Verb Types and the Present Tense (p. 90)
    • Textbook (Reading): Expression Note 4 (p. 92)
  • Lab
    • Practice Katakana (Ch.2 Handout; see below)
    • Chapter 3 Vocabulary (Noun & Adjective; Verbs)
  • Homework due next class
    • Workbook: Verb Conjugation (p.27)
    • Workbook: Noun を Verb (p.28)
    • Workbook: カタカナ (ナ-ホ、マ-ヨ、ラ-ン) (p.126-128)
  • Quiz
  • Lecture
    • Ch.03 助詞「を」「で」「に」「へ」 / The particles Wo, De, Ni, and E (ex. 図書館で雑誌を読みます。)
    • Ch.03 時の表現 / Time expressions (ex. 何時に起きますか。)
    • Ch.03 ~ませんか / Masenka (ex. コーヒーを飲みませんか。)
  • Preparation for this class (finish before the class)
    • Textbook (Listening): Dialogue I (p. 84 / K03-01 and K03-02)
    • Textbook (Listening): Practice I. A (p. 95 / K03-06 and K03-07)
    • Textbook (Reading): Grammar Particles (p. 90)
    • Textbook (Reading): Grammar Time reference (pp. 91-92)
    • Textbook (Reading): Grammar 〜ませんか (p. 92)
    • Textbook (Reading): Useful Expressions (Days, Weeks, Months, and Years; p. 127)
  • Homework due next class
    • Workbook: Verbs with places (p.29)
    • Workbook: Time references (p.30)
    • Workbook: Suggestion Using 〜ませんか (p.31)
  • Lecture
    • Ch.03 語順 / Word order (ex. 今日は図書館で日本語を勉強します。)
    • Ch.03 頻度を表す副詞 / Frequency adverbs (ex. 毎日本を読みます。)
  • Preparation for this class (finish before the class)
    • Textbook (Listening): Dialogue II (pp. 84-85 / K03-03 and K03-04)
    • Textbook (Reading): Grammar Word order (p. 92)
    • Textbook (Reading): Grammar Frequency Adverb (p. 93)
  • Lab
  • Homework due next class
    • Workbook: Frequency Adverbs (p.32)
    • Workbook: Listening Comprehension (pp. 33-34 / W03-A, W03-B, W03-C, W03-D)
  • Quiz
  • Lecture
    • Ch.03 主題の「は」 / The topic particle Wa (ex. 週末はたいてい何をしますか。)
    • Midterm practice
  • Preparation for this class (finish before the class)
    • Textbook (Reading): Grammar The Topic Marker は (pp. 93-94)
    • Textbook (Reading): Culture Note にほんのいえ (p. 101)
  • Homework due next class
    • Workbook: Questions (p.35)
  • Midterm
  • About the midterm
    • The same midterm is based on the old textbook, so the actual midterm will look slightly different (especially the vocabulary)
    • Particles (18 points)
    • Translation from English to Japanese (22 points)
    • Reading (26 points)
    • Composition (12 points)
    • Listening (22 points)
    • Bonus question (self-introduction) (10 points)
  • Class follow the Monday schedule, but there is no class [Friday, October 28th, 2016]
    • Lecture
      • Ch.04 X があります/います / X-ga arimasu/imasu (ex. 病院があります。/犬がいます。)
      • Ch.04 X は Y の前です / X-wa Y-no maedesu (ex. 銀行は郵便局の前です。)
    • Preparation for this class (finish before the class)
      • Textbook (Listening): Vocabulary (pp. 104-106 / K04-07)
      • Textbook (Reading): Grammar Xがあります/います (pp. 107-108)
      • Textbook (Reading): Grammar Describing where things are (pp. 108-109)
    • Homework due next class
      • Workbook: Xがあります/います (p.36)
      • Workbook: Describing where things are (p.37)
  • Class follow the Tuesday schedule (No class) [Thursday, November 3rd, 2016]
    • Quiz
    • Lecture
      • Ch.04 X があります/います / X-ga arimasu/imasu (ex. 病院があります。/犬がいます。)
      • Ch.04 X は Y の前です / X-wa Y-no maedesu (ex. 銀行は郵便局の前です。)
      • Talk about the Global Learning assignment (download the instructions here )
    • Preparation for this class (finish before the class)
      • Textbook (Listening): Practice II-B (p. 117 / K04-10)
    • Homework due next class
      • Workbook: Xがあります/います (p.36)
      • Workbook: Describing where things are (p.37)
    • Lecture
      • Ch.04 名詞(過去) / Nouns (past tense) (ex. 先生は大学生でした。)
      • Ch.04 動詞(過去) / Verbs (past tense) (ex. 日曜日に何をしましたか。)
    • Preparation for this class (finish before the class)
      • Textbook (Reading): Grammar Past tense of です (p. 110)
      • Textbook (Reading): Grammar Past tense of verb (p. 110)
      • Textbook (Reading): Useful Expressions - Days, Weeks, Months, and Years (p. 127)
    • Lab
      • This week's lab will be a lecture by the instructor
    • Homework due next class
      • Handout: Verb conjugation Download here
      • Workbook: Past tense (Nouns) (p.38)
      • Workbook: Verb conjugation (past tense) and past tense (verb) (pp.39-40)
    • Reminder
      • Monday, November 14 is the last day to withdraw from a class with a W grade.
    • Quiz
    • Lecture
      • Ch.04 助詞「も」 / The particle Mo (ex. コーヒーも飲みます。)
      • Ch.04 ~時間 / Jikan (ex. 一時間待ちました。)
    • Preparation for this class (finish before the class)
      • Textbook (Listening): Dialogue I and II (p. 102 / K04-01/02 and K04-03/04)
      • Textbook (Reading): Grammar も (p. 111)
      • Textbook (Reading): Grammar 一時間 (p. 112)
      • Textbook (Reading): Culture Note - Japanese National Holidays (p. 114)
    • Homework due next class
      • Workbook: も (p.41)
      • Workbook: 〜時間/Particles (p.42)
    • Lecture
      • Ch.04 たくさん / Takusan (ex. 写真をたくさん撮りました。)
      • Ch.04 助詞「と」 / The particle To (ex. 日本語と英語を話します。 / スーさんと韓国へ行きます。 )
      • Talk about the second (group) presentation (see the instructions here )
    • Preparation for this class (finish before the class)
      • Textbook (Listening): Dialogue III (p. 103 / K04-05/06)
      • Textbook (Reading): Grammar たくさん (p. 112)
      • Textbook (Reading): Grammar と (p. 113)
      • Textbook (Reading): Expression Note 5 (p. 113)
    • Lab
      • Prepare for the grammar review quiz
      • Make groups of the second presentation (see the instructions here ) and start writing a draft
    • Homework due next class
      • Workbook: Listening Comprehension (pp. 43 / W04-A, W04-B, W04-C)
      • Workbook: Questions (pp. 44)
    • Quiz
    • Lecture
      • Ch.05 形容詞(現在・過去) / Adjectives (present and past tenses) (ex. 高いです, 高かったです)
    • Preparation for this class (finish before the class)
      • Textbook (Listening): Vocabulary (pp. 130-131 / K05-07)
      • Textbook (Reading): Grammar Adjectives (pp. 132-134)
    • Homework due next class
      • Workbook: Adjective Conjugation Present tense (pp. 45-46)
      • Workbook: Adjective + Noun (p. 49)
      • Make a presentation group and submit a list of names
  • No class (Thanksgiving) [Thursday, November 24th, 2016]
    • Quiz
    • Lecture
      • Ch.05 形容詞(現在・過去) / Adjectives (present and past tenses) (ex. 高いです, 高かったです)
      • Ch.05 好き(な)/きらい(な) / Sukina / kiraina (ex. 魚が好きですか。)
    • Preparation for this class (finish before the class)
      • Textbook (Reading): Grammar すきな/きらいな (pp. 134-135)
      • Textbook (Reading): Expression Note 6 (p. 136)
    • Homework due next class
      • Global Learning assignment (download the instructions here )
      • Workbook: Adjective Conjugation Past tense (pp. 47-48)
      • Workbook: すきな/きらいな (p. 50)
    • Lecture
      • Ch.05 ~ましょう(か) / Mashoka (ex. 映画を見ましょう。)
    • Preparation for this class (finish before the class)
      • Textbook (Reading): Grammar ~ましょう(か) (p. 135)
      • Textbook (Reading): Culture Note - Japanese Festivals (p. 144)
    • Lab
      • Final exam practice
      • Second presentation draft
    • Homework due next class
      • Workbook: 〜ましょう (pp. 51)
    • Due
    • Lecture
      • Ch.05 ~枚 / Mai (ex. 50円切手を一枚ください。)
    • Preparation for this class (finish before the class)
      • Textbook (Listening): Dialogue I, II, and III (pp. 128-129 / K05-01/2, K05-03/4, and K05-05/6)
      • Textbook (Reading): Grammar Counting (p. 136)
      • Textbook (Reading): Useful Expressions - At the post office (p. 145)
    • Homework due next class
      • Workbook: Listening Comprehension (pp. 52 / W05-A, W05-B, W05-C)
      • Workbook: Questions (pp. 53)
    • Lecture
      • Presentation
      • Review of the final
    • Homework due next class
      • All overdue homework
    • There is no class on Reading Day, but I'm available to help practice for the final exam between 1:00pm-3:15pm (regular class time) @ M-155. If you have missed any quiz, you should take the make-up quiz during this time.

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