Beginning Japanese I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: JPN 101

       Course Name: Beginning Japanese I

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course develops basic language skills, within the context of cultures of Japanese-speaking countries. Content includes pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, reading, listening comprehension, and oral and written communication. No prior study of the language presumed. Recommended that experienced students discuss proper placement with instructor.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Actively communicate in Japanese, making spontaneous use of structures and vocabulary studied.
  2. Demonstrate an appreciation of contemporary Japanese culture through written and aural class work.
  3. Demonstrate spoken Japanese in everyday contexts through responding to simple basic questions.
  4. Illustrate reading comprehension through answering relevant questions on uncomplicated selections.
  5. Use elements of beginning grammar through short listening, spoken, and written exercises.
  6. Write simple sentences within the context of what has been studied.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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

Week Chapter Topic Exams
1-3 Greetings

Lesson 1

X はY です。
Question Sentences
Noun 1 のnoun 2
Writing: Hiragana
4-6 Lesson 1

Lesson 2
Time and Age

Bigger Numbers
In the Classroom
Culture Note: Japanese Currency
Writing: Hiragana
7-9 Lesson 3 Verb Conjugation
Verb Types and the Present Tense
Time Reference
Word Order
Frequency Adverbs
The Topic Particle は
Culture Note: Japanese Houses
Writing:Hiragana and Katakana
10-13 Lesson 4 Xがあります/います
Describing where things are
Past Tense of です
Past Tense of Verbs


Culture Note: Japanese National Holidays
Days/Weeks/Months/Years 日・週・月・年
Writing: Katakana
14-16 Lesson 5 Adjectives
Culture Note: 日本の祭りJapanese Festivals
郵便局で At the post office
Writing: Katakana and Kanji
Final Exam

Week 1 – 6: Hiragana (Basic and Modified, and sentence writing)
Week 7 – 13: Katakana (Basic and Modified, and sentence writing)

48 kanji that are introduced in JPN101. They should be used for recognition and understanding of their meaning. Writing will be practiced in the next course, JPN102.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Class time will be devoted to practice, in large and small groups, with structure, expressions, and vocabulary in the context of everyday functions.  Students are expected to have studied segments of the text assigned in the syllabus prior to class, in order to be able to participate as fully as possible.  Workbook exercises provide practice in listening and writing to reinforce the vocabulary and structures presented in the main text.  Exercises also provide practice in reading and writing kana.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course may be taught face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

Do assigned preparation in time for class.  Accompanying written exercises in the workbook must be submitted on the date specified in the syllabus.  Students are required to spend at least two hours per week listening to CDs in the Language Lab or at home.

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.

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton’s Schedule of Classes.


  • Banno, Eri, Yoko Ikeda, Yutaka Ohno, Chikako Shinagawa, and Kyoko Takashiki.  Genki I:  An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese, Latest Edition.  Tokyo:  Japan Times.
  • Banno, Eri, Yoko Ikeda, Yutaka Ohno, Chikako Shinagawa, and Kyoko Takashiki.  Genki I Workbook:  An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese, Latest Edition.  Tokyo:  Japan Times.
  • Audio: MP3 CD-ROMs that come with the textbook and the workbook.


  • A Japanese dictionary

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

•. Attendance/Participation 15%
•. Lab Assignments 25%
•. Quizzes 15%
•. Exams 45%

Grading Scale:

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
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.