Designed for students who have completed Japanese 1A or for those who have an elementary knowledge of Japanese.


Toshio Sakai
Welcome to the homepage of the Japanese language.  Today the number of students studying Japanese has been increasing rapidly throughout the world as more people are interested in not only Japanese economics and technology, but also its history and culture. I hope this course will guide you on your first step toward the mastery of the language.
Required Textbooks


                       Recommende books

Japanese for Busy People, Vol. I, Japanese for Busy People Workbook I, Vol. I, Learning Hiragana and Katakana and Course Packet 


Oxford Japanese Minidictionary

Course Description

Designed for those who have completed Japanese 1A or for those who have a limited range of everyday spoken Japanese plus knowledge of hiragana and katakana.  You should have already acquired basic Japanese language skills such as romaji, greetings, self-introduction, numbers, days and time before enrolling in this coujrse.  This course introducves new grammer, sentence patterns and conversational situations in modern Japanese cultural context.  Iinstructor covers a variety of conversational situations, from self-introductions to shopping and making phone calls in Japanese.


Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Invite a friend to a variety of events.
  2. Make a telephone call and express preferences.
  3. Make a request or refuse permission.
  4. Place an order at a restaurant.
  5. Be able to apply grammer and useful expressions covered in the course.
  6. Have better understanding of Japanese culture and customs.

     1.  Situational-functional approach

     2.  Frequent conversation drills.

     3.  Vocabulary expansion and pattern drills.

     4.    Study of grammatical materials in the textbook

     5.  Use of audio-visual materials.

     6.  Tailored to indivitual students' leaning style                   


     1.Two hours (minimum) of preparation for each lessons.

     2.Memorize basic patterns and vocabulary in the scheduled 


     3. Review lessons for reinforcement.

     4. One term paper (2 page and single spaced) on the topic of  

         your choice on Japanese language or culture.

     5. Take a weekly quiz.

     6. Come prepared to ask questions.

You will be dropped after two unexcused absences since catching up is very difficult.  For emergencies, notify instructor in advance, if possible, or upon return to class with a cogent reason.  Please be on time.
The grade will be based upon the quizzes (25%), your term paper(25%), the final(25%) and class participation(25%).

The following information is provided for your convenience.

1. Students reuiring special services or arrangements because of hearing, visual, or other disability should contact the instructor, counselor or the Disabled Students Services Office.

2. Occupation/Vocational students - Limited English language skills will not be a barrier to admittance to and participation in Vocational Education.

3. Students are expected to exercise academic honesty and integrity.  Violations such as cheating and plagiarism will result in disciplinary action which may include recommendation for dismissal.