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Japanese

The goal of Japanese teachers at College of Marin is for students to be able to use this language for the future such as for their major (Japanese, economics, business, Asian study, computer, sciences, etc. ), jobs, traveling, or for understanding Japanese movies, magazines, manga, essays and literature.

In our classes, students will learn how to speak, read, write, and understand Japanese. Also, students will learn Japanese culture, society, ways of thinking, brief history and geography in these classes.

Levels 1 through 4 are offered throughout the year.

Level 1
Students will learn the vocabulary and grammar in the first half of the textbook, “Genki I”, and speaking, reading simple sentences and dialogues, writing simple compositions and Hiragana and Katakana characters.

Level 2
Students will learn the vocabulary and grammar in the second half of the textbook, “Genki I”, speaking, reading sentences and very short stories, about 80 Kanji characters, and writing compositions.

Level 3
Students will learn the vocabulary and grammar in the first half of the textbook, “Genki II” along with speaking, reading short stories, newspaper articles, essays, about 150 Kanji characters, and writing compositions.

Level 4
Students will learn the vocabulary and grammar in the second half of the textbook, “Genki II” including honorific expressions along with speaking, reading short stories, newspaper articles, essays, about 200 Kanji characters, and writing compositions and official letters.

Current Classes

Japanese Classes Spring 2014

Degree Program

Transfer

Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution should complete the lower division major requirements and general education pattern for the appropriate transfer institution and major. Exact major requirements for UC and CSU institutions can be found on www.assist.org. Please see a counselor for more information as curriculum requirements may vary among transfer universities.

Policy Statement Regarding Sequence of Enrollment in Modern Language Classes: Although students are advised to enroll in language courses sequentially, they will not be precluded from enrolling in lower level language classes after completion of more advanced courses. Students should be aware, however, that units resulting from the lower level courses may not be accepted at transfer institutions as a part of the required transferring units.

Career Options

Diplomatic Service, Editor, Foreign Correspondent, Foreign Service, Officer, Hotel Management, Import/Export, International Business, Teacher, Tour Guide, Translator/Interpreter, Travel Agent.

Photos: Screen door with blossoms (left) by Ceclia Lee. Torii, Japanese gate (middle) by AbiDare. Silver door (right) by Angus McIntyre.