Textbooks: GENKI. 2nd Edition by Eri Banno, Yutaka Ohno, Yoko Sakane and Chikako Shinagawa.    Tokyo: Japan Times, 2011

Reference Book: KANJI: LOOK AND LEARN by Eri Banno, Yoko Ikeda, Chikako Shinagawa, et. al.  Tokyo: Japan Times, 2009

Telephones: Liberal Arts Division: 630-942-2048 [BIC 2616]
                     Office or Voice Mail: 630-942-2019 [BIC 2625F]
                     E-Mail: satsutan@cod.edu

Course Objectives:

This is a Japanese language course for those who have a prior knowledge of very basic Japanese. The emphasis of the course is placed on developing the fundamental skills of speaking, listening, writing and reading in Japanese. Japanese syllabaries of both Hiragana and Katakana will be used throughout the semester. Kanji (Chinese characters) will be introduced little by little. Students are exposed to the as many authentic language materials as possible.


Before you come to class, read carefully those pages of the textbook assigned for that day, and internalize what is explained in English. The instructor may not go over the material explained in the book. Prepare yourself for whatever is expected to do in class. If you missed class the day before, it is your responsibility to find out from your classmate if there will be a quiz or an assignment for the next day. If you know you cannot come to the particular class, please see your instructor in advance. Be always prepared!

Language Laboratory:

The audio CDs for the textbook are ready for your use. Listen to the CD and practice at least three hours a week. You should do this for preparation for class as well as for review. You have to listen to the CD in order to complete the workbook assignments.  You must also visit Genki's official website for extra activities.

Evaluation Procedures:

There will be Lesson Tests, quizzes, and other assignments. All the scores of each student will be recorded throughout the semester, and at the end of the semester the total of each student’s score will be divided by the highest possible points in order to obtain the percentage. There will be absolutely no make-up quizzes. However, you can miss a few quizzes without penalty because the points allotted to those quizzes will be dropped from the highest possible points at the final calculation.