Courses

NOTES ABOUT SPRING 2021 Japanese Language Language Courses

Japanese Program would like to provide some clarifications so that you can plan your schedule and make any adjustments, as appropriate, when registration re-opens in January via Sage.

No Japanese Program classes are completely asynchronous (that is, with no determined meeting time).  You will have an opportunity to interact with faculty members and students in an online or in-person environment.

No Japanese language classes are completely in-person mode, as you see “Hybrid” as instruction mode and class-note in sage  : “Instruction for this course will be offered in a hybrid combination of in person and remote sessions, which may vary by course and over the duration of the semester”.

While most classes will be scheduled to meet twice per week for 90 minutes (either Monday and Wednesday, or Tuesday and Thursday), language-level courses (numbered 20-40) will be scheduled four times per week, but students will not meet for the full 90 minutes each day. These longer blocks are meant to accommodate cleaning protocols, smaller groups if needed, longer sessions vs shorter sessions, or office hours, according to instructor’s modalities but will not impact the actual contact hours required for the class.  Your instructor will let you know how the time within the 90-minute block will be used. You should plan the entire 90-minutes blocked off on your schedule even though you’ll be in class (remote or in person) for 50 minutes.

ALL students (on- and off-campus) are welcome to enroll in Japanese Program courses, regardless of its mode of instruction, which are listed below in more detail.

Japanese Program Modes of Instruction: 

For full lists of courses offered in the fall semester, see the course schedule.  

For short video introductions to select courses, click on the hyperlinked course titles below. 

General Course Information

The Japanese Language Program offers a four-year curriculum in the Japanese language as well as Japanese literature courses.

The Program maintains four days-per-week instruction plus a weekly half-hour peer tutor session for the initial four-semester sequence of Japanese language courses (JAPN 10A, 20B, 30A and 40B).  For Japanese 105A and 105B, instruction is divided between two weekly 80-minute sessions and one weekly 50-minute session (4 hours total per week). Through these intensive courses, Brandeis students gain strong Japanese language skills and understanding of its culture. JAPN 120A (fourth year Japanese course) will be a project-based class and students will collaborate with Japanese students and conduct research together in order to further develop their advanced Japanese language skills.

The four-semester sequence of Japanese courses 10A through 40B, or its equivalent, fulfills the language requirement for the East Asian Studies major and minor.

Placement

All students who have studied Japanese previously (high school, university, self-study, at home) and wish to continue studying Japanese at Brandeis must take a placement test to determine their level of proficiency so that the instructor can place them in the appropriate class. The test will be scheduled during the first week of the semester so that there is sufficient time to choose and register for an appropriate class. Please contact Professor Hisae Fujiwara when you arrive on campus in the fall.

SAT II test scores in Japanese do not satisfy the foreign language requirement.

Spring 2021 Courses

COURSES IN ENGLISH

JAPN 140 course flyerJAPN 140A: The World of Early Modern Japanese Literature

Spring 2021 mode: Instruction for this course will be offered in a hybrid combination of in person and remote sessions, which may vary by course and over the duration of the semester. Some courses will have sessions at which in-person and remote students will participate at the same time, and others will arrange for some separate class meetings for in-person and remote students. Enrollment is open to students who will be on campus and students who will be studying remotely up to the enrollment limit.

Professor Matthew Fraleigh

A survey of the most celebrated works of literature from Japan's early modern period (1600-1868). Explores a wide range of genres, including fiction, travelogues, memoirs, dramatic forms such as the puppet theater and kabuki, as well as poetry in Japanese and Chinese. All readings are available in English translation; Japanese knowledge is not required.


COURSES IN JAPANESE

JAPN 20B: Continuing Japanese

Spring 2021 mode: In order to balance sections, students without course conflicts may be moved to the other section. Instruction for this course will be offered remotely. Meeting times for this course are listed in the schedule of classes (in ET).

Staff

Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in JAPN 10a or the equivalent. Meets four days per week for a total of four class hours per week and one half-hour tutoring session per week.

Continuation of JAPN 10a. Further development of the basics of Japanese grammar, listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Students acquire Japanese language proficiency through various interactive classroom activities, workbook, audio, video, writing essays, and computer-assisted exercises.


JAPN 40B: Advanced Intermediate Japanese

Spring 2021 mode: Instruction for this course will be offered in a hybrid combination of in person and remote sessions, which may vary by course and over the duration of the semester. Some courses will have sessions at which in-person and remote students will participate at the same time, and others will arrange for some separate class meetings for in-person and remote students. Enrollment is open to students who will be on campus and students who will be studying remotely up to the enrollment limit.

Professor Yukimi Nakano

Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in JAPN 30a or the equivalent. Meets four days per week for a total of four class hours per week and one half-hour tutoring session per week.

Continuation of JAPN 30a. Further refining of a student's four language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing Japanese through various classroom activities, workbook, audio, video, and writing essays.


JAPN 105B: Advanced Conversation and Composition II

Spring 2021 mode: same as JAPN 40B.

Professor Yukimi Nakano

Instructor's signature required. Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in JAPN 105a or the equivalent. Four class hours per week.

Continuation of JAPN 105a. For advanced students of Japanese who wish to enhance and improve their speaking proficiency as well as reading and writing skills. Students will develop their proficiency in reading and speaking through texts, films, videos and discussions on current issues on Japanese society. Various forms of writing will be assigned to improve students' writing skills.


JAPN 120B: Readings in Modern Japanese Literature

Spring 2021 mode: same as JAPN 40B. 

Professor Matthew Fraleigh

Prerequisite: JAPN 120a or the equivalent.

Students read, analyze, discuss, and write about Japanese short fiction by a wide range of modern and contemporary authors. Screening of film adaptations and television programs complement class discussion, which is conducted in Japanese.