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Step up Japanese for Upper Beginners


1 Subject Step up Japanese for Upper Beginners
2 Field Japanese Language
3 Key words Natural communication in Japanese, Interactions, Verb conjugation, System of plain forms
4 Unit 1
5 Lecturer TBA
6 Period July 5 - 9 and 12 - 16, 2021
7 Time 8:30-10:00am (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 40%, Assignments 20%, Quizzes 20%, Review Test 20%
11 Prerequisites

Only students who are registered for one of the five non-language GUC courses are allowed to apply.

This course is suitable for upper elementary level learners who have been judged to be  ”Level 2 Upper Elementary” in the level check test offered on the Center’s website:

The level  is generally equivalent to those who completed vol.1 of commonly used textbooks such as 'Minna no Nihongo', ’Genki’, and 'Nakama,' and the like.
You must be able to read in hiragana/katakana as they are used in the learning materials that are distributed in class. Knowledge of kanji is not required.

12 Contents Purpose:
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to express and communicate more complex ideas. The goal is not just to memorize expressions, but deepen your understanding of the Japanese language system in order to produce meaningful sentences that sound natural. In particular, the class deals with "verb conjugation," which is one of the more challenging aspects for Japanese beginners. It also works on the so-called "plain forms" system that appears in various sentence patterns. By focusing on these points, you will be able to build a better foundation for improving your Japanese language learning in the future.

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. See the schedule below for specific content and the main grammar items.

*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. Most of the instructions will be given in Japanese to maximize your exposure to the language, though some explanations will be given in English.

  • Session 1: Getting close to your classmates, Asking for help
  • Session 2: Asking for other options at stores, restaurants, etc.
  • Session 3: Recommending something and explaining
  • Session 4: Inviting / refusing an event
  • Session 5: Talking about your experiences
  • Session 6: Review (*Test)  & Application  (1)
  • Session 7: Introducing your favorite spots
  • Session 8: Talking about your future plans
  • Session 9: Exchange opinions mildly
  • Session 10: Review (*Test) & Application (2)

The contents are subject to change. Details will be explained in the class.

Assignments: students are required to complete a worksheet provided everyday (1-2 pages). Students must expect to spend about one to two hours everyday for reviewing the day's lesson. 
13 Required readings Center's original materials
14 Reference readings Will specify at class time
15 Notes on Taking the Course If you want to review the beginner's level items (hiragana, katakana, basic words, numbers, etc.) beforehand, please refer to the contents on the following page.


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International Exchange Group, Education and Student Support Department,
The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8652 JAPAN

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