I. Course Prefix/Number: JPN 105
Course Name: Conversational Japanese
Credits: 3 (2 lecture; 2 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course provides conversational practice in Japanese to develop oral facility. Content includes specially designed exercises in pronunciation, stress and rhythm, vocabulary development, oral presentations and class discussion of life in Japan. Recommended: knowledge of beginning Japanese vocabulary, sounds and structures, including perfect and imperfect tenses.
IV. Learning Objectives
- To build student proficiency in speaking Japanese.
- To refine pronunciation and intonation.
- To acquire the vocabulary and contextual information necessary for functional use of Japanese.
- To use the Japanese language in the context of real life situations.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
|1||Lesson 1: Asking for Advice About a Gift
|2||Lesson 3: Searching for a Lost Item
|3||Lesson 5: Inviting a Colleague to a Hot Spring
|4||Lesson 7： Greeting a New Employee
|5||Lesson 9: Joining a Civic Orchestra
|6||Lesson 11: Selecting a Vacation Plan
|7||Lesson 13: Talking About Productivity
Note: Most of the grammar in these chapters is covered in JPN101 and JPN102. They provide situations/themes needed in order to practice conversation in Japanese.
VII. Methods of Instruction
Class work is organized functionally, dealing with the tasks or functions which form the basis of spoken communication. Class time will be used to practice using Japanese in order to express the kind of communicative needs we all experience in a variety of situations. Group and individual oral reports and impromptu talks will also be used. Students will work at home with a CD of authentic conversations coordinated with each chapter.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
This course must be taught face-to-face.
Obviously, this is a participation class, so your presence is obligatory. Prepare the assigned text pages prior to each class, so that you feel comfortable in the situations we play out. Throughout the semester, you will be involved in a variety of group activities. Grammar will be reviewed only as needed.
The Oakton Community College catalog states: Oakton Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, or marital status in admission to and participation in its educational programs, college activities and services, or employment practices.
In keeping with this policy of tolerance and non-discrimination, in this class all of us (myself included) should strive to:
- Listen and give careful consideration to all ideas expressed in class, especially those that are different from our own, without attacking or demeaning the people who have those views, and
- Avoid using insulting terms or telling offensive jokes when talking to or about individuals or groups.
IX. Instructional Materials
Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton’s Schedule of Classes.
- Japanese for Busy People II, Latest Edition, Author: AJALT, Publisher: Kodansha USA.
- Audio CDs for this text
- A Japanese/English dictionary
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
|1.||A||100% - 90%|
|2.||B||89% - 90%|
|3.||C||79% - 70%|
|4.||D||69% - 60%|
|5.||F||59% and below|
Workbook or electronic assignments must be done by students outside of the classroom in order to practice the course content. These assignments will count as 25% of the course final grade. Students need to have at least a D (60%) in this section in order to pass this course.
In this course at least one speaking exam is required.
XI. Other Course Information
In this section, each instructor should specify policies on attendance, make-up exams, and late assignments.
Heritage speakers may not take this class.
Oakton has two Language Labs to support your language study. The Language Labs offer the perfect atmosphere for doing your lab homework, meeting with a language tutor, attending a conversation group, or working on a computer. You can find a variety of language specific resources and equipment: language reference books and other supplementary language materials, headphones with microphones, keyboard covers for typing in another language, and more. Language Lab personnel are always available to help students working individually. Visit one of the Language Labs today:
Des Plaines, Room 2446, 847.635.1612
Ray Hartstein (Skokie) Campus, Room C132, 847.635.1493
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.