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GUC24S1J2L | Level 2 Further Steps (Upper 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 2 Further Steps (Upper Elementary Level)'.


1 Subject Level 2 Further Steps (Upper Elementary Level)
2 Field Japanese Language
3 Key words Upper 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 2 Upper Elementary” or above in the level check test offered on our website:
We assume that the participants have studied Japanese for more than half of an elementary-level curriculum, whether at their home university, using commercial textbooks, or through other means.
・The ability to read Hiragana and Katakana is required for reading textbooks and materials written on the board.
12 Contents Purpose
The aim of this course is to provide upper 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 describe things of personal significance, ask for help, talk about the future, etc. Tailored for elementary level students, 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 1 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: Talking about recommended places in your hometown
・Key phrase(s) : 「このみせで、ゆどうふが食べられます」「ゆどうふって何ですか」
・Items: potential verbs, particle ‘tte’, etc.
Session 2: Describing an item by comparing it to similar, more familiar things
・Key Phrase(s): 「サテは、日本のやきとりみたいなたべものです」
・Items: ‘-mitai’, ‘konna +Noun’, ‘-yori’ , etc.
Session 3: Asking for help in various situations
・Key Phrases(s): 「京都までのチケットを買いたいんですけど」
・Items: ‘-n des kedo.’ (1)
Session 4: Inviting a friend to an event
・Key Phrase(s):「えいがのdiscount ticketがあるんですけど、このあとどうですか」 
・Items: ‘-n des kedo.’ (2)
Session 5: Talking about your future dreams
・Key Phrases: 「もっと日本語が話せるようになったら、日本のいなかにすんでみたいです」
・Items: ‘-(yoo ni )naru’, ‘-tara’, ‘-te miru’, etc. 
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)
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The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8652 JAPAN

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