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GUC24S1J1L | Level 1 Further Steps (Lower Elementary Level)

Seize the opportunity to visit Japan and jump into the Japanese language! Here at GUC, we've got you covered with Japanese courses for learners at six different levels—from absolute beginners to advanced learners. Whether you're just starting out or looking to level up, we've got a course for you!
In this condensed 5-day course, we emphasize oral communication, connecting you with using Japanese both inside and outside the classroom. If you have prior learning experience, please check your proficiency level on our website:
Note: This syllabus provides information on 'Level 1 Further Steps (Lower Elementary Level)'.


1 Subject Level 1 Further Steps (Lower Elementary Level)
2 Field Japanese Language
3 Key words Lower Elementary, Grammar, Communication, Daily use, Conversation
4 Unit 0.5
5 Lecturer TBA
6 Period June 24 - 28, 2024
7 Time 8:30-10:00 (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 60%, Assignments 40%
11 Prerequisites ・Only students who are registered for one of the non-language GUC courses are allowed to apply.
・This course is suitable for elementary level learners who have been judged to be “Level 1 Lower Elementary” or above in the level check test offered on our website:
We assume that the participants have studied Japanese for approximately one-fourth of an elementary-level curriculum, whether at their home university, using commercial textbooks, or through other means.
・This course can be taken without any knowledge of Hiragana and Katakana.
12 Contents Purpose
The aim of this course is to provide elementary level international students with useful Japanese phrases and vocabulary necessary to deal with communication in daily life. Students who successfully complete this course will improve their knowledge and ability in the following areas:
・Useful vocabulary
・Expressions for asking questions and seeking support
・Detailed expressions for describing objects
・Closing the distance with others through high-context interactions, which are preferred in Japanese.

This course is offered as an online (live) virtual class.  The curriculum is designed to equip you with the ability to use Japanese in your daily life in Japan and communicate effectively in various situations. Throughout this 5-day course, you will learn to ask questions, make requests, express more accurately what you have in mind, invite people out or to events, etc. Tailored for beginners, the course primarily focuses on introducing simple expressions. However, explanations about language structures will also be provided, allowing you to expand and customize your expressions according to your own communication needs.
The schedule shares similarities with 'Level 2 Further Steps,' but the difficulty level of the content varies. We will practice using materials and methods suitable for this level.
While the class may use English as needed, it is basically conducted in simple Japanese. As a result, for those experiencing such a class for the first time, the class itself may be a challenging experience.
Note: 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 discussion with your classmates is strongly encouraged.
Session 1: Explaining special food from one's home country
・Items: Interrogative words, particle 'tte'.       
Session 2: Talking about your hobby       
・Items: Verb sentences (1)
Session 3: Asking for help in various situations       
・Items: Adjectives,  '-n des kedo' as an indirect request expression.
Session 4: Asking for recommendations with detailed requests       
・Items: 'no' as a pronoun, ‘-node’, complex predicate with 'ga,' etc.
Session 5: Inviting a friend to an event       
・Items: Verb sentences (2), '-tte shitte mas ka?'
Notes: Schedules and content may be subject to change.

Students are required to complete a worksheet provided every day (1-2 pages). Students are expected to spend about one hour every day 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 The pre-assessment of the applicant's Japanese language learning background may lead to a suggestion that the applicant enroll in a course at a different level than initially desired.
UTokyo Global Unit Courses (GUC)
International Education Promotion Group, Education and Student Support Department
The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8652 JAPAN

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