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Japanese Language Program

Japanese is a language spoken by over 130 million people in the world. With the development of the Internet, Japanese culture is part of international culture nowadays. The Japanese are the third largest language group on the Internet, following English and Chinese speakers. A knowledge of the language will let you access to different aspects of Japanese culture easily.

For some people, Japanese seems to be very different from languages such as English and Spanish. However, when you compare Japanese with other languages, many things are much easier. For instance, the sound system is very simple based on five vowels. Japanese grammar is straight-forward unlike in some languages, so it is not necessary to memorize page after page of conjugations. 

The Japanese program offers a wide range of classes for students at all its levels. The courses aim to develop communicative skills in Japanese language (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and culture. JAPN 101 & 102 introduce the student to the essential tools of communication in contemporary Japanese based on the fundamentals of the sound system, basic grammar and vocabulary. They also introduce the student to Japanese writing systems and its culture. In the intermediate level, JAPN 103 & 104 emphasize comprehension, vocabulary building and enrichment of grammar for both spoken and written Japanese in addition to various aspects of Japanese culture.

 

Course Description

JAPN 101 — Beginning Japanese I
(5) F, S — CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB.
Introduction to the essential tools of communication in modern Japanese. The course aims at the acquisition of four basic skills in modern Japanese-speaking, listening, comprehension, reading and writing-based on the fundamentals of the sound system, basic grammar and vocabulary. Introduction to Japanese writing systems and the culture.

JAPN 102 — Beginning Japanese II
(5) F, S — CSU, UC
Prerequisites: JAPN 101 or two years of high school Japanese with a minimum grade of “C” or qualifying score on SBCC SoML placement exam.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB.
Introduction to the essential tools of communication in modern Japanese. The course aims at the acquisition of four basic skills in modern Japanese-speaking, listening, comprehension, reading and writing-based on the fundamentals of the sound system, basic grammar and vocabulary. Introduction to Japanese writing systems and the culture of Japanese speakers.

JAPN 103 — Intermediate Japanese I
(5) F, S — CSU, UC
Prerequisites: JAPN 102 or three years of high school Japanese with a minimum grade of “C” or qualifying score on SBCC SoML placement exam.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB.Emphasizes comprehension and vocabulary building, and enrichment of grammar for both spoken and written Japanese. Introduction to additional Kanji and the culture of Japanese speakers.

JAPN 104 — Intermediate Japanese II
(5) S — CSU, UC
Prerequisites: JAPN 103 or four years of high school Japanese with a minimum grade of “C” or qualifying score on SBCC SoML placement exam.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB.
Continuation of comprehension and vocabulary building, and enrichment of grammar in both spoken and written Japanese. Introduction to additional Kanji and the culture of Japanese speakers.

JAPN 120 — Beginning Japanese Conversation
(2) F, S — CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB.
Oral expression in Japanese at the beginning level.

JAPN 121 — Language and Culture through Japanese Anime
(2) S — CSU
Prerequisites: JAPN 102 or 3 years of H.S. Japanese with a minimum grade of “C” or qualifying score on SBCC SoML placement exam.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility of ENG 110 or ENG 110GB or ENG 110H
For students who are ready to learn the basics of Japanese linguistics and colloquial Japanese in order to understand and appreciate Japanese anime.

JAPN 130 — Intermediate Japanese Conversation I
(2) F, S — CSU, UC
Prerequisites: JAPN 102 or three years of high school Japanese with a minimum grade of “C” or qualifying score on SBCC SoML placement exam.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB.
Designed to increase skills of conversation, as well as effective and appropriate use of the language in real life situations.

JAPN 140 — Intermediate Japanese Conversation II
(2) F, S — CSU, UC
Prerequisites: JAPN 102 or three years of high school Japanese with a minimum grade of “C” or qualifying score on SBCC SoML placement exam.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB.
Designed to increase skills of conversation and effective and appropriate use of the language in real life situations.

 

Japanese Grammar Links

http://genki.japantimes.co.jp/self_en

https://ejje.weblio.jp/

Japanese News Links 

https://www.w3newspapers.com/japan/

http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/

   

Scholarship

Application Period: 2 weeks in October (Fall Semester) and in March (Spring Semester) 

Award: $300 each for two students

Luria Japanese Language Scholarships are awarded to two students every semester. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be enrolled in any Japanese language class during the semester that they wish to be considered for this scholarship. Applicants do not need to be full-time students. Selection shall include a review of a standard scholarship application and personal essay in English. Award of this scholarship is based on academic achievement and financial need.

In your application, please mention how in the future you will use Japanese language skills you have been learning in class.

 Apply online: https://sbcc.academicworks.com

 

Faculty & Offices

- Takako Wakita is the founder of the Japanese program at SBCC. She is from Japan. Professor Wakita obtained her B.A. from Hokkaido Kyoiku University, Japan, and her M.A. from UC Santa Barbara. Contact Information: H313 (805) 965-0581 ext. 3713 tjwakita@sbcc.edu

 - Kumi Hashimoto is a Japanese language instructor. She is from Osaka, Japan. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in applied linguistics and education from UC Santa Barbara. Her interests include second language acquisition with a focus on Japanese, heritage language maintenance and computer-mediated communication for language learning. Contact Information:  H313 (805) 965-0581 ext. 3713 khashimoto@pipeline.sbcc.edu

- Yachiyo Roberts is a Japanese language instructor. She is from Niigata, Japan. She earned her B.A. from Aoyama-Gakuin University, a linguistics diploma from Nottingham University, England and her M.A. from Jochi (Sophia) University in English literature. Her interests include Japanese literature, musical instruments, tea ceremony, calligraphy and Tanka poetry. Contact Information: H313 (805) 965-0581 ext. 3713 robertsy@sbcc.edu

- Sunae Mester is a Korean/Japanese language instructor. She received her B.A. from YonSei University, South Korea and her M.A. from Ohio State University. Contact Information: H313 (805) 965-0581 ext. 3713 smester@pipeline.sbcc.edu

- Kazue Hata is a Japanese language instructor. She was born in Osaka, Japan. She obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. in linguistics from UC Berkeley. Her interests include speech-to-speech translation and English linguistics as well as Japanese linguistics. Contact Information: H313 (805) 965-0581 ext. 3713 hatak@sbcc.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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