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JA125fj    Elementary Japanese I      Introduction to the spoken and written language to provide a solid grounding in all the language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students will have a comfortable command of hiragana, katakana, and basic sentence patterns and will become familiar with about 60 kanji and their combinations.     Five credit hours.    HOYE, PRINDLE
JA126s    Elementary Japanese II      Introduction to the spoken and written language to provide a thorough grounding in all the language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Prerequisite:  Japanese 125.     Five credit hours.    PRINDLE
JA127f    Intermediate Japanese I      A continuation of the methods and goals used in elementary Japanese. Prerequisite:  Japanese 126.     Four credit hours.    HOYE
JA128s    Intermediate Japanese II      Designed for students who have taken three semesters of Japanese. All four components of language skills—speaking, writing, reading, and listening—are simultaneously introduced and practiced in every class, and emphasis is placed on balancing accuracy, fluency, and complexity. Enables students to function in various social contexts using culturally appropriate linguistic skills and knowledge, including honorifics and speech levels. Prerequisite:  Japanese 127.     Four credit hours.    HOYE
JA135fs    Conversational Japanese I      In a small group setting, students practice speaking. Nongraded. Prerequisite:  Concurrent enrollment in Japanese 125 or 126.     One credit hour.    NONAKA
JA235fs    Conversational Japanese II      In a small group setting, students practice speaking. Nongraded. Prerequisite:  Concurrent enrollment in Japanese 127 or 128.     One credit hour.    NONAKA
JA321f    Third-Year Japanese      Advanced reading, audiovisual comprehension, writing essays in Japanese, speaking at a native speaker's level, and an introduction to Japanese culture. Prerequisite:  Japanese 128.     Four credit hours.    HOYE
JA322s    Third-Year Japanese      Advanced reading, audiovisual comprehension, and writing practices in Japanese. Designed primarily for those students who have had substantial experience in a Japanese-speaking setting. Prerequisite:  Japanese 321.     Four credit hours.    HOYE
JA335fs    Conversational Japanese III      In a small group setting, students practice speaking. Nongraded. Prerequisite:  Concurrent enrollment in Japanese 321, 322, 421, or 422.     One credit hour.    NONAKA
JA421f    Fourth-Year Japanese      Further reading, writing, listening, and speaking in Japanese, using current newspaper articles, short stories, and audiovisual materials. Prerequisite:  Japanese 322.     Four credit hours.    PRINDLE
JA422s    Fourth-Year Japanese      A continuation of Japanese 421 for students who have taken seven semesters of Japanese. Language practice includes reading short stories and newspaper articles, giving oral presentations on topics related to Japanese culture, learning another 150 Chinese characters, mastering the use of various types of dictionaries and online supports, and learning the structure of kanji radicals. All class activities are conducted only in Japanese. Prerequisite:  Japanese 421.     Four credit hours.    PRINDLE
JA491f, 492s    Independent Study      Individual projects in areas where the student has demonstrated the interest and competence necessary for independent work. Prerequisite:  Permission of the instructor.     Two to four credit hours.    FACULTY