Intermediate Japanese I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: JPN 201

       Course Name: Intermediate Japanese I

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

JPN 102 or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course continues development of basic skills. Content includes general review and expansion of beginning grammar, along with conversation, vocabulary development and reading and writing of kana and kanji within the context of Japanese culture.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To actively communicate in Japanese, making spontaneous use of structures and vocabulary studied.
  2. To demonstrate an appreciation of contemporary Japanese culture through written and aural class work.
  3. To demonstrate spoken Japanese in everyday contexts through responding to complex questions.
  4. To illustrate reading comprehension through answering relevant questions on short literary passages.
  5. To use elements of intermediate grammar through listening, spoken, and written exercises.
  6. To write complex 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

1-3 Lesson 11 ~たい (I want to…)
~たり~たりする(do things such as A and B)
~ことがある (have the experience of)
Noun A や Noun B

Culture Note: お正月  New Year’s
4-6 Lesson 12 ~んです(the mode of explaining things)
~すぎる(too much, too excess)
~方がいいです(It’s better for you to do ~)
~ので (Reasonので , situation.)
~なければいけません/~なきゃいけません (have to / must)
~でしょう(It will probably~)

Culture Note: 日本の気候 the Japanese Climate
健康と病気 Health and Illness
7-9 Lesson 13 *Potential Verbs
(Verb conjugations)
*~し(giving two or more reasons)
(reason 1)し、 (reason 2)し, (situation/main clause).
*~そうです(it looks like)
doing something tentatively;
trying something
Noun A ならpredictable X
3 times a week

Culture Note:
年号と干支 Names of Years (Zodiac)

Useful Expressions:
銀行で  at the bank
10-12 Lesson 14 *ほしい
(私は)Xがほしい  I want X.
Someone wants X.
Something is a “possibility.”
Giving and Receiving
Why don’t you?
How about ~ing?
*Number + も “as many as”
Number + しか + negative “only/as few as”

Culture Note:
日本の年中行事 Annual Events in Japan

Useful Expressions:
数え方 Counters
13-16 Lesson 15 *Volitional Form
(verb conjugations)
Let’s~ (Less formal, more casual equivalent of
*Volitional Form + と思っています。
Talk about our “determinations.”
I have decided that~
An action performed in preparation for something
*Using Sentences of Quality Nouns
Relative Clause

Culture Note:
日本の宿  Japanese Accommodations

Useful Expressions:
ホテルで at the Hotel
Final Exam

Writing: 78 additional kanji (total 193 kanji).

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Classroom activities include oral drills and conversations, writing Kana and Kanji, reading prepared materials for each lesson, and lectures on grammatical structures, cultural aspects and Kanji.  CDs are provided to be used for development of listening skills.

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.

Students are expected to come to class prepared for the day's activities.  Written exercises in the workbook must be submitted on the date specified.  Students are required to spend at least two hours per week listening to tapes in the 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 II:  An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese, Latest Edition.  Tokyo:  Japan Times.
  • Banno, Eri, Yoko Ikeda, Yutaka Ohno, Chikako Shinagawa, and Kyoko Takashiki.  Genki II 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

•. Quizzes 20%
•. Lab Assignments 25%
•. Exams 45%
•. Participation 10%

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.