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Japanese Program

Japanese is a language spoken by over 130 million people in Japan and in Japanese emigrant communities. The language is distinguished by a complex system of honorifics reflecting the nature of Japanese society, with verb form and particular vocabulary to indicate the relative status of the speaker, the listener, and persons mentioned in conversation. It is written with a combination of three scripts: Chinese characters called kanji, and two syllabic scripts made up of modified Chinese characters hiragana and katakana.

The Japanese program offers a wide range of classes for students in all its levels. JAPN 101 & 102 introduce the student to the essential tools of communication in modern Japanese. The courses aim at the acquisition of four basic skills in modern Japanese-speaking, listening, comprehension, reading and writing based on the fundamentals of the sound system, basic grammar and vocabulary. They also introduce the student to Japanese writing systems and its culture. In the intermediate level, JAPN 103 & 104 emphasize on comprehension, vocabulary building and enrichment of grammar for both spoken and written Japanese. They also introduce to additional Kanji and the culture of Japanese speakers. In the speaking area, JAPN 120, 130 & 140 are designed to increase the skills of conversation, as well as effective and appropriate use of the language in real-lie situations. For students who are ready to learn the basics of Japanese linguistics and colloquial Japanese in order to understand and appreciate Japanese anime, JAPN 121 represents an approach to Japanese culture through anime.

 

Course Description

JAPN 101 — Beginning Japanese I
(5) F, S — CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB.
Introduction to the essential tools of communication in modern Japanese. The course aims at the acquisition of four basic skills in modern Japanese-speaking, listening, comprehension, reading and writing-based on the fundamentals of the sound system, basic grammar and vocabulary. Introduction to Japanese writing systems and the culture.

JAPN 102 — Beginning Japanese II
(5) F, S — CSU, UC
Prerequisites: JAPN 101 or two years of high school Japanese with a minimum grade of “C” or qualifying score on SBCC SoML placement exam.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB.
Introduction to the essential tools of communication in modern Japanese. The course aims at the acquisition of four basic skills in modern Japanese-speaking, listening, comprehension, reading and writing-based on the fundamentals of the sound system, basic grammar and vocabulary. Introduction to Japanese writing systems and the culture of Japanese speakers.

JAPN 103 — Intermediate Japanese I
(5) F, S — CSU, UC
Prerequisites: JAPN 102 or three years of high school Japanese with a minimum grade of “C” or qualifying score on SBCC SoML placement exam.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB.Emphasizes comprehension and vocabulary building, and enrichment of grammar for both spoken and written Japanese. Introduction to additional Kanji and the culture of Japanese speakers.

JAPN 104 — Intermediate Japanese II
(5) S — CSU, UC
Prerequisites: JAPN 103 or four years of high school Japanese with a minimum grade of “C” or qualifying score on SBCC SoML placement exam.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB.
Continuation of comprehension and vocabulary building, and enrichment of grammar in both spoken and written Japanese. Introduction to additional Kanji and the culture of Japanese speakers.

JAPN 120 — Beginning Japanese Conversation
(2) F, S — CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB.
Oral expression in Japanese at the beginning level.

JAPN 121 — Language and Culture through Japanese Anime
(2) S — CSU
Prerequisites: JAPN 102 or 3 years of H.S. Japanese with a minimum grade of “C” or qualifying score on SBCC SoML placement exam.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility of ENG 110 or ENG 110GB or ENG 110H
For students who are ready to learn the basics of Japanese linguistics and colloquial Japanese in order to understand and appreciate Japanese anime.

JAPN 130 — Intermediate Japanese Conversation I
(2) F, S — CSU, UC
Prerequisites: JAPN 102 or three years of high school Japanese with a minimum grade of “C” or qualifying score on SBCC SoML placement exam.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB.
Designed to increase skills of conversation, as well as effective and appropriate use of the language in real life situations.

JAPN 140 — Intermediate Japanese Conversation II
(2) F, S — CSU, UC
Prerequisites: JAPN 102 or three years of high school Japanese with a minimum grade of “C” or qualifying score on SBCC SoML placement exam.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB.
Designed to increase skills of conversation and effective and appropriate use of the language in real life situations.

 

 Japanese Grammar Links

http://www.translate.weblio.jp

 

Japanese News Links

 http://www.japantimes.co.jp

 http://www.w3newspapers.com/japan/

 http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/japan.htm

 http://www.japantoday.com

http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/

 

  

Scholarship

Luria Japanese Language Scholarships Awarded to students enrolled in Japanese language classes with financial need. Applicants do not need to be full-time students. Preference is given to nonnative Japanese students. There is no minimum GPA requirement. Three awards each semester are $100 each. Applications are available in the Financial Aid Office (SS-217).

http://www.sbcc.edu/financialaid/  + EMAIL CONTACT: finaid@sbcc.edu

 

 

 

Faculty & Offices

 

- Takako Wakita is the founder of the Japanese program at SBCC . She is from Japan.  Professor Wakita took her BA from Kyoiku University, Japan, and her MA from UCSB. Contact Information: H 313 (805) 965-0581 ext; 3713 tjwakita@sbcc.edu

 

- Dr. Kumi Hashimoto is One of Japanese language  instructor. She is from Osaka, Japan. She studied at Kobe University in Japan, where she got BA.  Also Hashimoto received her MA and her PhD from UCSB. Contact Information:  H 313 (805) 965-0581 ext;3713 khashimoto@pipeline.sbcc.edu

- Yachiyo Roberts is a Japanese instructor at SBCC. Roberts is from Niigata, Japan. She got a BA from Aoyama-Gakuin University and MA from Jochi (Sophia) University in literature. Contact Information:  H 313 (805) 965-0581 ext; 3713  robertsy@sbcc.edu

- Sunae Lee Contact Information: H 313 (805) 965-0581 ext; 3713

- Kazue Hata  Contact Information: H 313 (805) 965-0581 ext; 3713

 

 

 

 

 

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