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Learning Objectives

Knowledge and understanding: Students will be able to read and to understand passages on familiar daily topics, written in basic vocabulary and kanji. Students will be able to listen and to understand basic conversations patterns encountered in daily life and generally follow their contents. Knowledge of 150 kanji, of the phonetic lettering systems (hiragana and katakana), and of words of general use.

Applying knowledge and understanding: Students will be able to apply autonomously and originally the achieved skills and to connect with daily life context (asking or giving information, environment descriptions, basic dialogue, reading and writing skills).

Making judgments: Comprehension and production of data and information. Students will approach to the Japanese language and culture free from any ethnocentric perspective.

Communication skills: The achievement of communication skills will be reinforced by class and laboratory activities and simulations of ordinary life contexts connected to familiar topics and immediate needs.

Learning skills: Alongside the class and laboratory activities, students will also carry out individual activities aimed at improving their analysis skills and reinforcing their reading, writing, listening, speaking and translation skills.

Course Structure

Face to face activities. Laboratory exercises, individual activities.

Conversations, drills with a native teacher. The two classes held by the Japanese professor will have different contents:

  1. Grammar exercises, listening and reading comprehension;
  2. Conversation, role plays, drills and grammar exercises.

Individual practice comprising reading comprehension and translations of short sentences providing the application of notions.

Should teaching be carried out in mixed mode or remotely, it may be necessary to introduce changes with respect to previous statements, in line with the programme planned and outlined in the syllabus.

Detailed Course Content

Introduction to the Japanese writing systems (hiragana, katakana, kanji), basic morphology, syntax and phonology. Reading, listening, writing, speaking and translation skills will be the main activities based on the textbooks. The course will adopt also audio and visual materials in order to allow the students to familiarize with topics related to Japanese culture.

Textbook Information

  1. Banno Eri, Ikeda Yoko, Ōno Yutaka, Shinagawa Chikako, Tokashiki Kyoko (a cura di), Genki: An integrated course in elementary Japanese (3rd edit.), Vol. I, Tokyo, The Japan Times, 2020.
  2. Banno Eri, Ikeda Yoko, Ōno Yutaka, Shinagawa Chikako, Tokashiki Kyoko (a cura di), Genki: An integrated course in elementary Japanese - Workbook (3rd edit.), Vol. I, Tokyo, The Japan Times, 2020.

Recommended grammar books for individual study:

Mastrangelo Matilde, Ozawa Naoko, Saito Mariko, Grammatica giapponese, Milano, Hoepli, 2006.

Other materials and exercises will come from the following texts:

  1. Minna no nihongo (2nd ed.), voll. 1 e 2, Tokyo, 3A Corporation, 2012.
  2. Mastrangelo Matilde, Ōue Jun’ichi (a cura di), Impariamo il giapponese, Vol. I, Milano, Hoepli, 2018.
  3. Ōue Jun’ichi, Manieri Antonio (a cura di), Grammatica d’uso della lingua giapponese – teoria ed esercizi, Milano, Hoepli, 2019.

Additional reference materials will be distributed during class activities or available on Studium digital platform.

Please remember that in compliance with art 171 L22.04.1941, n. 633 and its amendments, it is illegal to copy entire books or journals, only 15% of their content can be copied.

For further information on sanctions and regulations concerning photocopying please refer to the regulations on copyright (Linee Guida sulla Gestione dei Diritti d’Autore) provided by AIDRO - Associazione Italiana per i Diritti di Riproduzione delle opere dell’ingegno (the Italian Association on Copyright).

All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.

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