Prospective Students

Survival Japanese for Beginners - A


1 Subject Survival Japanese for Beginners - A
2 Field Japanese Language
3 Key words Zero beginner, Grammar, Communication, Conversation
4 Unit 0.5
5 Lecturer TBA
6 Period June 28 - July 2, 2021
7 Time 1:00-2:30pm (Japan Standard Time)
8 Lecture style Online (live virtual class)
9 Evaluation Criteria Excellent (S) 90 –100%; Very good (A) 80–89%; Good (B) 70–79%; Pass (C) 60–69%; Fail (D) 0–59%
10 Evaluation methods Attendance and Participation 55%, Assignments 25%, Review Quizzes 20%
11 Prerequisites
  • Only students who are registered for one of the five non-language GUC courses are allowed to apply.
  • This course is aimed for complete beginners with no previous knowledge of the Japanese language.
  • This course can be taken without any knowledge of Hiragana and Katakana.
12 Contents Purpose: The aim of this course is to provide beginner level international students with useful Japanese phrases and vocabulary necessary to deal with their situations in daily communication. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to learn the following:
  • Useful expressions: greetings, self-introduction, etc.
  • Basic words and phrases: indicating time, prices, etc.
  • Basic conversation in daily life: shopping, having a meal, etc.

Description: This online course is designed so that you will be able to use your Japanese when you visit the country in the near future and communicate with the people in variety of settings. In this 5-day course, you will learn the minimum level of daily Japanese for survival. You will be able to ask for the meaning of unknown words in Japanese and ask for help if you do not understand the language. Students will learn elementary grammar and vocabulary through practicing them in class. They will also learn conversation skills based on different situations, especially through a form of interviewing called "Conversation Challenge".

*This is a combination of lecture and interactive class that simulates face-to-face sessions. In principle, therefore, the students are requested to have their camera on during the class. Active participation is strongly encouraged.

  • Session 1:Offering something, making request, asking permission with minimum Japanese
  • Session 2:Asking for necessary things at stores, restaurants, etc.
  • Session 3:Asking about events
  • Session 4:Talking about daily life
  • Session 5:Getting information, recommended restaurants and shops

Assignments: students are required to complete a worksheet provided everyday (1-2 pages). Students must expect to spend about one hour everyday for reviewing the day's lesson. 
13 Required readings Center's original materials
14 Reference readings Will be offered in the class.
15 Notes on Taking the Course -


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