Japanese Placement Advice

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I. LEARNING HOURS: Compare the number of years of language learned in High School with the possible courses at Miami offers.

Japanese Placement Grid

Generally, students who have studied one to two years of high school Japanese are placed in 102.

II. CONTENT1

Knowledge

Course

Content Taught in Course

No Experience or long absence from the language

JPN 101

(Genki vol. 1, Lessons 1–7)

Hiragana/Katakana, Approx. 70 kanji, numbers, yes-no question(-ka?), plain-form (e.g., kaku), wh-question (nandesuka?), past tense form (-ta), particles (wa, o, de, ni, e, mo, etc.), te-form and progressive (-teimasu), request (affirmative, i.e.,-tekudasai), permission (-temo iidesuka), volitional form (-mashoo).


Functions; introduction yourself, talking about daily activities and customs, talking about things that happened in the past, making offers and invitations, talking about likes and dislikes, requests, asking for and giving permission, giving reasons for doing/not doing something, describing how people are dressed and how they look

1–2 years of high school Japanese and recognition approximately less than 150 kanji

JPN 102

(Genki vol. 1, Lessons 8–12, and Genki vol. 2, Lessons 13)

Approx. 100 kanji, days of the week/month, particles (ga, kara, ya), want-form (-taidesu), nai-form (minai), reason clause (-kara), comparatives (A wa ichiban ookidesu/A wa B yori ookiidesu), tari form (e.g., ittari kitari), request (negative, i.e., -naidekudasai), must (tabenakucha ikemasen), potential (e.g., yomeru), extended predicate (e.g., tabetaindesu).


Functions; expressing thoughts and opinions (present and past), reported speech, planning trip or a party, ordering food in a restaurant or a shop, talking about future plans, asking about childhood dreams and ambitions, saying what you can or cannot do 

2–3 years of high school Japanese and recognition of 200 kanji

JPN 201

(Genki vol. 2, Lessons 14–18)

Approx. 80 kanji, give and receive forms (agemasu, kuremasu, moraimasu), relative clause (nihongo o hanasu hito), giving/receiving verbs as auxiliary verbs (e.g., shiteageru), hearsay (-soodesu), before/after (mae, -tekara), volitional form (oo form, e.g., ikoo), seems (-mitai), request (e.g., shite itadakemasenka), transitive/intransitive verbs.


Functions; Giving/seeking advice, Speculating, Inviting, Making plans, Making request, Apologizing, Talking about hopes, Conveying hearsay, Liking people or things to someone/something else, Expressing regret, Describing the condition of things

3–4 years of High School Japanese and recognition of 300 kanji 

JPN 202

(Genki vol. 2, Lessons 19–23)

Completion of the basic Japanese grammar/ sentence patterns, approx. 80 kanji, humble (omachi shimasu), passive (e.g., yomareru), causative (e.g., kaseru), causative+ageru/kureru (ikasete kureru), causative-passive (saserareru), conditional (ba-form of verbs and adjectives, e.g., ikeba, takakereba), want someone to do (-te hoshii, e.g., itte hoshii), easy/difficult to V (tabe yasui/tabe nikui), honorific (e.g., oyomi ni naru, irassharu).


Functions; Speaking politely/modestly, Expressing satisfaction, Asking for/giving directions, Talking about bad situations/events, Telling someone what you wish them to do, Giving orders, Complaining, Expressing about something you have decided to do, Asking/explaining how to do things the right way

4 years of High school Japanese and recognition of 400 kanji

JPN 301

(An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese, Lessons 1–4)

Transition from the acquisition of fundamental knowledge of and skills in Japanese to application of them. Topics: introduction, greetings and set phrases, study abroad, home stay. Reading/Listening comprehension, increasing the number of the Educational Kanji (writing/recognition: approx. 300). Discussion of various topics in Japanese using newly learned grammar.

Recognition of 550 or more kanji

JPN 302

(An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese, Lessons 5–8)

Topics: college life, at restaurants, recreation, job hunting. Reading/Listening comprehension, increasing the number of the Educational Kanji (writing/recognition: approx. 300). Discussion of various topics in Japanese using newly learned grammar.

Recognition of 700 or more kanji

JPN 4012

(An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese, Lessons 9–12)

Topics: gifts, travel, host family, health/illness. Reading/Listening comprehension, Increasing the number of the Educational Kanji (writing/recognition: approx. 200). Discussion of various topics in Japanese using newly learned grammar.

Recognition of 850 or more kanji

JPN 402

(An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese, Lessons 13–15)

Topics: Japanese language learning experiences, Japanese women, and Japan seen from inside and outside. Reading/Listening comprehension, Increasing the number of the Educational Kanji (writing/recognition: approx. 200). Discussion of various topics in Japanese using newly learned grammar.



1
JPN 101–202 must be taken in the sequential order.

2Near-Native speakers of Japanese need to have a placement interview with the instructor regarding whether they are permitted to enroll in this class or any other language classes.

It is strongly recommended to contact the Japanese advisors sometime before the semester starts to discuss about your self-placement details/ questions/concerns, etc.  You can reach the advisors by e-mail:

Dr. Noriko T. Reider
Advisor of the Japanese program
Irvin Hall 149
(513) 529-2522