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JAPA 08.101 - 3 s.h.
Elementary Japanese I

This is a comprehensive foundation course for beginning students of modern Japanese. It offers an essential grounding for developing successful communication strategies by practicing listening comprehension and speaking skills, emphasizing the sounds and speech patterns of Japanese. It will also provide students with opportunities to read and write simple Japanese prose to meet their communication needs. It introduces students to the culture and history of the Japanese-speaking world.

JAPA 08.102 - 3 s.h.
Elementary Japanese II

Prerequisite: JAPA 08.101
This course provides an expanded overview of the syntax, structures and vocabulary of modern Japanese, including extended practices in the four skill areas of listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. It introduces students to and amplifies their knowledge of the culture and history of Japan.

JAPA 08.201 - 3 s.h.
Intermediate Japanese I
Prerequisite: JAPA 08.102
This course continues to provide an expanded overview of the syntax, structures, and vocabulary of modern Japanese to students who have completed the Elementary Japanese course sequence and acquired basic knowlege of the Japanese language. It also provides students with enhanced opportunities to learn and experience the culture and history of Japan.

JAPA 08.211 - 3 s.h.
Intermediate Japanese II
Prerequisite: JAPA 08.201
This course is a contiunation of Intermediate Japanese I (JAPA 08.201) and focuses on learning modern Japanese with equal emphasis on speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing. It also provides students further opportunities to learn and experience in depth the culture and history of Japan.

JAPA 08.212 - 3 s.h.
Intermediate Japanese III
Prerequisite: JAPA 08.211
This course focuses on the students' continued development of communicative competence in Japanese, with practice in the four skill areas of speaking, reading, writing and listening comprehension. The course also targets preparation and practice for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). In addition, it provides further opportunities for in-depth study of the culture and history of Japan.