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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Akemi Katayama

Lecturer MA, 2012, MA, 1996, The University of Alberta, Portland State University

Contact

  • Phone: 512-475-6043
  • Office: WCH 5.126
  • Office Hours: FALL 2014: T Th 1:30-3 and by appointment
  • Campus Mail Code: G9300

Biography

Courses taught 

First-Year Japanese I; First-Year Japanese II; Second-Year Japanese I; Second-Year Japanese II; Business Japanese; Advance Conversation I; Advance Conversation II; Practical Readings in Advanced Japanese; Advanced Reading in Newspaper Articles

Interests

Second language acquisition and language pedagogy

JPN 601D • Japanese I

32450-32455 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm RLM 5.124
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Not open to native speakers of Japanese.  Designed for students with no previous coursework in Japanese. Emphasis on basic skills in listening and speaking Japanese and in reading and writing hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Introduction to Japanese culture. Includes computer-assisted instruction.  Japanese 601D and 506 may not both be counted.

JPN 330 • Practical Reading In Adv Jpn

32530 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm RLM 5.126
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Not open to native speakers of Japanese.  Fourth-year Japanese readings on special topics.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Japanese 320L with a grade of at least C.

JPN F601D • Japanese I

82050 • Summer 2014
Meets MTWTHF 1000am-100pm RLM 7.124
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Not open to native speakers of Japanese.  Designed for students with no previous coursework in Japanese. Emphasis on basic skills in listening and speaking Japanese and in reading and writing hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Introduction to Japanese culture. Includes computer-assisted instruction.  Japanese 601D and 506 may not both be counted.

JPN 610D • Japanese II

32785-32790 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm PAR 301
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Not open to native speakers of Japanese.  Expands on skills acquired in Japanese 601D or its equivalent. Includes computer-assisted instruction.  Japanese 507 and 610D may not both be counted.  Prerequisite: Japanese 601D or 506 with a grade of at least C.



JPN 330 • Adv Rdng In Newspaper Artcls

32855 • Spring 2014
Meets MW 330pm-500pm JES A217A
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Not open to native speakers of Japanese.  Fourth-year Japanese readings on special topics.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Japanese 320L with a grade of at least C.

JPN 601D • Japanese I

32455-32460 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm RLM 6.118
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Not open to native speakers of Japanese. Course Objectives: 1) to acquire four skills in the Japanese
language: a) listening: ability to understand simple everyday conversation. b) speaking: ability to
handle some survival situations through circumlocutions and repetitions c) reading: ability to read
simple, short reading materials including semi-authentic materials. d) writing: ability to write simple
sentences learned in class using the appropriate hiragana, katakana, and kanji 2) To acquire a
fundamental knowledge of Japanese grammatical structres. 3) To acquire some knowledge of the
Japanese culture.

Texts/Readings:
Yasu-Hiko Tohsaku, Yookoso! An Invitation to Contemporary Japanese. Vol. One, 2nd edition (Chapters 1
-3)
Workbook/Laboratory Manual for Yookoso !, An Invitation to Contemporary Japanese. Vol. One, 2nd
edition

Grading/Requirements: Various quizzes; Homework; Compositions; Tests; Oral exams; & Final exam

JPN 330 • Practical Reading In Adv Jpn

32535 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm RLM 5.126
show description

This course will help students develop a wide variety of reading skills such as scanning, skimming,
prediction, reading for details, and reading for meaning. Students will read various materials: essays,
comic strips, short stories, information on websites, magazine and newspaper articles, etc. JPN 320L or
the equivalent with a grade of at least C.

TEXT:

Enjoyable Task Reading in Japanese: Pre-advanced by Bonjinsha

GRADING:

Participation 
Quizzes
Homework assignments 
Reading Assignments 
Lesson tests 
Final exam (not comprehensive)

JPN F601D • Japanese I

82360 • Summer 2013
Meets MTWTHF 1000am-100pm RLM 6.118
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Not open to native speakers of Japanese. Course Objectives: 1) to acquire four skills in the Japanese
language: a) listening: ability to understand simple everyday conversation. b) speaking: ability to
handle some survival situations through circumlocutions and repetitions c) reading: ability to read
simple, short reading materials including semi-authentic materials. d) writing: ability to write simple
sentences learned in class using the appropriate hiragana, katakana, and kanji 2) To acquire a
fundamental knowledge of Japanese grammatical structres. 3) To acquire some knowledge of the
Japanese culture.

Texts/Readings:
Yasu-Hiko Tohsaku, Yookoso! An Invitation to Contemporary Japanese. Vol. One, 2nd edition (Chapters 1
-3)
Workbook/Laboratory Manual for Yookoso !, An Invitation to Contemporary Japanese. Vol. One, 2nd
edition

Grading/Requirements: Various quizzes; Homework; Composition; Tests; Oral exams; & Final exam

JPN 610D • Japanese II

32345-32350 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm PAR 203
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Continuation of JPN601D. Not open to native speakers of Japanese. 1) to acquire four skills in the
Japanese language: a) listening: able to understand simple everyday conversation with
repetitions. b) speaking: able to handle some survival situations through circulocutions and
repletions, within a limited topic. c) reading: able to read simple, short reading materials
including semi-authentic materials. d) writing: able to write short memos and letters somewhat
necessary for reading and writing. 2) to acquire a fundamental knowledge ofJapanese grammar
necessary for reading and writing. 3) to acquire some knowledge of the Japanese people and their
culture. Prerequisites: JPN601D with a grade of at least C or the equivalent.

Texts/Readings:
Yasu-Hiko Tohsaku, Yookoso! An Invitation to Contemporary Japanese. Vol. One, 3rd edition,
(Chapters 4-7)
Workbook/Laboratory manual for Yookoso , Vol. 1, 3rd edition

Grading/Requirements:
quizzes, homework, composition, tests, oral exams, skit, and final exam.

JPN 330 • Adv Rdng In Newspaper Artcls

32415 • Spring 2013
Meets MW 330pm-500pm JES A217A
show description

This course is designed for students who have attained an advanced level of proficiency. In addition to
newspaper articles in the main textbook, students will read various authentic materials, such as short
stories, essays, and magazine articles. The course helps students expand both linguistic and
sociolinguistic knowledge, as well as their vocabulary and kanji knowledge. Class will be conducted
entirely in Japanese in order to promote the maximum use of the target language. The course is
repeatable for credit.

TEXTS:

For pre-Advanced and Advanced Learners of Japanese: Images of Japan (Textbook and workbook, 2001
University of Tokyo Press) Atsuko Kondoh and Chika Maruyama
Other authentic materials such as short stories, essays, articles and manga.

GRADING:

Participation 10%
Quizzes: 20%
Homework assignments 10%
Reading Assignments 6%
Lesson tests 44%
Final exam 10%

JPN 601D • Japanese I

32250 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 930am-1100am RLM 6.124
show description

Not open to native speakers of Japanese. Course Objectives: 1) to acquire four skills in the Japanese
language: a) listening: ability to understand simple everyday conversation. b) speaking: ability to
handle some survival situations through circumlocutions and repetitions c) reading: ability to read
simple, short reading materials including semi-authentic materials. d) writing: ability to write simple
sentences learned in class using the appropriate hiragana, katakana, and kanji 2) To acquire a
fundamental knowledge of Japanese grammatical structres. 3) To acquire some knowledge of the
Japanese culture.

Texts/Readings:
Yasu-Hiko Tohsaku, Yookoso! An Invitation to Contemporary Japanese. Vol. One, 2nd edition (Chapters 1
-3)
Workbook/Laboratory Manual for Yookoso !, An Invitation to Contemporary Japanese. Vol. One, 2nd
edition

Grading/Requirements: (May vary)
Various quizzes Homework Compositions Tests Oral exams Final exam

JPN 330 • Practical Reading In Adv Jpn

32335 • Fall 2012
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm RLM 5.126
show description

This course will help students develop a wide variety of reading skills such as scanning, skimming,
prediction, reading for details, and reading for meaning. Students will read various materials: essays,
comic strips, short stories, information on websites, magazine and newspaper articles, etc. JPN 320L or
the equivalent with a grade of at least C.

TEXTS:

Enjoyable Task Reading in Japanese: Pre-advanced by Bonjinsha

GRADING:

Participation 
Quizzes
Homework assignments 
Reading Assignments 
Lesson tests 
Final exam

JPN 330 • Adv Rdng In Newspaper Artcls

32360 • Spring 2012
Meets MW 330pm-500pm JES A217A
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Not open to native speakers of Japanese.  Fourth-year Japanese readings on special topics.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Japanese 320L with a grade of at least C.

JPN 506 • First-Year Japanese I

32130 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 930am-1100am RLM 6.124
show description

Not open to native speakers of Japanese. Course Objectives: 1) to acquire four skills in the Japanese
language: a) listening: ability to understand simple everyday conversation. b) speaking: ability to
handle some survival situations through circumlocutions and repetitions c) reading: ability to read
simple, short reading materials including semi-authentic materials. d) writing: ability to write simple
sentences learned in class using the appropriate hiragana, katakana, and kanji 2) To acquire a
fundamental knowledge of Japanese grammatical structres. 3) To acquire some knowledge of the
Japanese culture.

Texts/Readings:
Yasu-Hiko Tohsaku, Yookoso! An Invitation to Contemporary Japanese. Vol. One, 2nd edition (Chapters 1
-3)
Workbook/Laboratory Manual for Yookoso !, An Invitation to Contemporary Japanese. Vol. One, 2nd
edition

Grading/Requirements: (May vary)
Various quizzes Homework Compositions Tests Oral exams Final exam

JPN 330 • Practical Reading In Adv Jpn

32210 • Fall 2011
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm RLM 5.126
show description

This course will help students develop a wide variety of reading skills such as scanning, skimming,
prediction, reading for details, and reading for meaning. Students will read various materials: essays,
comic strips, short stories, information on websites, magazine and newspaper articles, etc. JPN 320L or
the equivalent with a grade of at least C.

TEXTS:

Enjoyable Task Reading in Japanese: Pre-advanced by Bonjinsha

GRADING:

Participation 
Quizzes
Homework assignments 
Reading Assignments 
Lesson tests 
Final exam 

JPN 507 • First-Year Japanese II

32535-32540 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm CMA A3.112
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Continuation of JPN 506. Not open to native speakers of Japanese. 1) to acquire four skills in the
Japanese language: a) listening: able to understand simple everyday conversation with
repetitions. b) speaking: able to handle some survival situations through circulocutions and
repletions, within a limited topic. c) reading: able to read simple, short reading materials
including semi-authentic materials. d) writing: able to write short memos and letters somewhat
necessary for reading and writing. 2) to acquire a fundamental knowledge ofJapanese grammar
necessary for reading and writing. 3) to acquire some knowledge of the Japanese people and their
culture. Prerequisites: JPN 506 or the equivalent with a grade of at least C.

Texts/Readings:
Yasu-Hiko Tohsaku, Yookoso! An Invitation to Contemporary Japanese. Vol. One, 2nd edition,
(Chapters 4-7)
Workbook/Laboratory manual for Yookoso , Vol. 1, 2nd edition

Grading/Requirements: (May vary)
Various quizzes , Homework, Compositions, Tests, Oral performances, Skit, Final exam.

JPN 330 • Adv Rdng In Newspaper Artcls

32610 • Spring 2011
Meets MW 330pm-500pm JES A217A
show description

This course is designed for students who have attained an advanced level of proficiency. In addition to
newspaper articles in the main textbook, students will read various authentic materials, such as short
stories, essays and magazine articles. The course helps students expand both linguistic and
sociolinguistic knowledge, as well as their vocabulary and kanji knowledge. Class will be conducted
entirely in Japanese in order to promote the maximum use of the target language. The course is
repeatable for credit.

TEXTS:

For pre-Advanced and Advanced Learners of Japanese: Images of Japan (Textbook and workbook, 2001
University of Tokyo Press) Atsuko Kondoh and Chika Maruyama
Other authentic materials such as short stories, essays, articles and manga.

GRADING:

Participation 10%
Quizzes: 20%
Homework assignments 14%
Writing Assignments 8%
Lesson tests 32%
Final exam 16%

JPN 506 • First-Year Japanese I

31345-31350 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 930am-1100am RLM 7.120
show description

Not open to native speakers of Japanese. Course Objectives: 1) to acquire four skills in the Japanese
language: a) listening: ability to understand simple everyday conversation. b) speaking: ability to
handle some survival situations through circumlocutions and repetitions c) reading: ability to read
simple, short reading materials including semi-authentic materials. d) writing: ability to write simple
sentences learned in class using the appropriate hiragana, katakana, and kanji 2) To acquire a
fundamental knowledge of Japanese grammatical structres. 3) To acquire some knowledge of the
Japanese culture.

Texts/Readings:
Yasu-Hiko Tohsaku, Yookoso! An Invitation to Contemporary Japanese. Vol. One, 2nd edition (Chapters 1
-3)
Workbook/Laboratory Manual for Yookoso !, An Invitation to Contemporary Japanese. Vol. One, 2nd
edition

Grading/Requirements: (May vary)
Various quizzes Homework Compositions
Tests Oral performance Oral interview
Final exam

 

JPN 330 • Practical Reading In Adv Jpn

31440 • Fall 2010
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm RLM 7.124
show description

This course will help students develop a wide variety of reading skills such as scanning, skimming,
prediction, reading for details, and reading for meaning. Students will read various materials: essays,
comic strips, short stories, information on websites, magazine and newspaper articles, etc. JPN 320L or
the equivalent with a grade of at least C.

TEXTS:

Enjoyable Task Reading in Japanese: Pre-advanced by Bonjinsha

GRADING:

Participation 10%
Quizzes: 17%
Homework assignments 16%
Writing Assignments 12%
Lesson tests 30%
Final exam 15%

JPN 412K • Second-Year Japanese I

82005 • Summer 2010
Meets MTWTHF 1000am-1230pm RLM 5.126
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The main objective of this course is to develop four communication langauage skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) at the intermediate level.  Students will acquire not only knowledge about the language (grammar, vocabulary and expressions) but also competence in using the language through daily activities in communication.Prerequisites:  JPN 507 or the equivalent with a grade of at least C.

JPN 507 • First-Year Japanese II

31635-31640 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 930-1100 RLM 7.120
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JPN 507 First-Year Japanese II Course Syllabus

Spring 2010  

Classes Tu & Th Room M, W, & F Room

#31635 (Blue) 9:30-11:00 RLM 7.120 10:00 - 11:00 RLM 5.124

#31640 (Pink) 9:30-11:00 RLM 7.120 11:00 - 12:00 RLM 7.116

#31655 (Orange) 12:30-2:00 RLM 7.124 12:00 - 1:00 RLM 5.112

Name                  Office          Voice-mail   E-mail                             Office Hours

(Instructor)

Akemi Katayama   WCH 5.126  475-6043  akataya@mail.utexas.edu   M: 5-6; W: 5-6; Th: 2-3;

& by appointment

(Teaching Assistant)

Tadahisa Muramatsu WMB1.114 475-6796 tmuramatsu@mail.utexas.edu TBA

Sae Oshima WMB1.114 475-6796   saeoshima@mail.utexas.edu TBA

UT Policy Change 

 • The One-Time Exception Policy has been eliminated for all Liberal Arts students. Students will still be allowed to Q-drop with their instructor's permission before the deadline, and may petition to Q-drop after the deadline if they have an urgent, substantiated, non-academic reason.

 • All the students must take this course with a letter grade if they wish to advance to a next level, i.e. those who are taking this course with CR/NC will not be eligible for taking JPN412K in the future.

Prerequisite

? You must have finished JPN 506 with a grade of at least C or the equivalent. 

? Students who studied first-year Japanese with materials/textbooks other than "Yookoso" should   

   consult the instructor immediately for further instruction.

I. Course Objectives

This semester will focus on the following skills:

1) Listening: Ability to understand a larger range of everyday conversation through repetition.

2) Speaking: Ability to handle an increasing number of everyday situations through circumlocutions and repetitions, focusing on the topics of weather & climate, hobbies & leisure activities, food, and shopping.

3) Reading: Ability to read more complex reading materials including semi-authentic materials.

4) Writing: Ability to write more complex descriptions of things mainly pertaining to yourself (based on classroom activities and homework) while correctly using the Japanese writing system.

II. Course Materials

1) Textbook: "Yookoso! An Invitation to Contemporary Japanese,"  By Yasu-Hiko Toosaku., 3rd edition.  Several copies of the textbook are on reserve at the PCL Library Reserve Desk (2.122).

2) Workbook/Laboratory Manual for Yookoso! An Invitation to Contemporary Japanese, 3rd edition.  Several copies of the workbook are on reserve at the PCL Reserves Desk (2.122).

3) Audio files (for textbook and workbook-homework use) are available at

http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0072408154/student_view0/index.html

*** You can listen to the CDs through “QuickTime Player.”

4) Handouts including homework assignments will be available at Blackboard (http://courses.utexas.edu) under Course Documents. EID and password required.

5) The textbook and the workbook are on reserve at PCL 2.112.

6) Make sure to bring a notebook to each class. You will use your own paper to take a quiz.

III. Course Structure

? During the lecture sessions:

-Brief grammar explanations and grammar exercises will be given.

-Reading and some writing practice including new kanji will be given.

-Japanese cultural information related to the topic will be discussed.

-Administrative information will be announced.

?During the activity sessions:

-Dialogues and activities in the textbook will be followed by communicative practice.

-The sessions will be entirely in Japanese.  Questions which require explanations (in English) should be asked in lecture sessions.

?Come prepared.  Read appropriate textbook assignments and do the grammar exercises and activities    

before class.  You are not allowed to read the textbook during class unless you are instructed to

do so.

IV. Grading Policy

Your final course grade will be determined in the following way:

A     =  94.0~

1) Attendance & Class Participation ?%

2) Homework 12%

3) Vocabulary Quizzes (14-2) 8%

4) Grammar Quizzes (14-2) 8%

5) Writing Quizzes (10-1) 8%

6) Compositions (2) 4%

7) Oral Exams (3) 12%

8) Skit Presentation 6%

9) Chapter Tests (3) 24%

10) Final Written Exam 18%

                                 100%

A     =  94.0~

A-    =  89.5 - 93.9

B+   =  87.0 - 89.4

B     =  84.0 - 86.9

B-    =  79.5 - 83.9

C+   =  77.0 - 79.4

C     =  74.0 - 76.9

C-    =  69.5 - 73.9

D+   =  67.0 - 69.4

D     =  64.0 - 66.9

D-    =  59.5 - 63.9

F      =  59.4 or less

Letter grades will be determined according to the above scale.  There will be NO grading on a curve.

V. Course Requirements

1) Attendance & Class Participation

? Because of the cumulative nature of language learning, it is essential that students keep up with course work on a daily basis and attend all classes.  You are required to attend all classes and to prepare for the class according to the daily schedule.  When you have the perfect attendance record at the end of the semester, you will receive the extra 2% added to your course grade.  If you miss classes 3 times or less, you will receive the extra 1% added to your course grade.  Missing class more than 3 times will not get you any extra points.  Absence will not excuse a student in any way from responsibility for course material.  Notify your instructor as soon as possible if you cannot attend the class.  Only in RARE emergency cases (e.g., funerals with the announcement, car accidents with a written note from the police), students will be allowed to make up work missed during their absences.  Your instructor will abide by this rule very strictly and reserve the right to judge whether to allow work to be made up or not.

? It is the policy of the UT that the student must notify the instructor at least 14 days prior to the classes scheduled on dates s/he will be absent to observe a religious holy day.

?Come to each class on time.  The quizzes will be given at the beginning of the class, so it is very important to be in class on time.  Two incidents of tardiness (coming late or leaving early) counts as one absence.  In addition, studying other subjects, chatting in English with your classmates, etc. may penalize you.

? No foods, No open containers (only bottled drink is allowed), No gums in the classroom, PLEASE.  Also, if you carry a cellular phone, please keep it off.

? Please respect each other and show consideration towards your instructor and classmates.

? Your active participation in class activities will greatly enhance your progress in Japanese.  Please do not be afraid of making mistakes/errors in the classroom.

2) Homework -- No late / incomplete homework will count toward your grade.

? You will be given written homework assignments almost every day.  Do your homework promptly and carefully.  Try to answer all of the questions even though you are not sure of the correct answer--your teachers can help you with your mistakes but need to have something to correct.  Homework will be corrected but not graded. 

? Write neatly.  Use only pencil (and erase carefully when you make an error).

? Homework is due at the beginning of each class, so turn it in before the class starts.  Do not leave

homework at your instructor’s or TA’s office or mailbox without receiving permission to do so in

advance. 

Late, incomplete, or sloppily done homework may be accepted but will not be counted for credit.

? Write your name on each homework sheet.  If there are more than 2 pages, staple them in the upper left corner.  Your instructor or TA is not responsible for missing pages when pages are not stapled together.  We will deduct some points if you continue to ignore this request.

? If you need to turn in your homework early (e.g., one day early), you must provide the written note (stating which homework of what date you are turning in early) attached to your homework, so that the instructor or TA can understand your situation.  Without the written note, we will not accept and check the homework turned in early.

? JOSHU (on-line) homework submission: username – nihongo; password – daisuki. Please note that you will see the JOSHU HP if your score is successfully submitted, however, if you enter the wrong information (class, section, name), your score will not appear in the Grade Center.

?You must do your homework on your own.  Unauthorized collaboration on homework and/or copying someone's homework and turning it in as your own will be considered as cheating and will result in a severe penalty.  Allowing other students to use your homework is also considered as scholastic dishonesty.  (Please read the UT’s policies on students’ scholastic dishonesty.)

3) Vocabulary Quizzes  -- NO make-up / early quiz

? You will have 14 vocabulary quizzes.  See the schedule for the content of each quiz.

? The two lowest scores will be dropped.

4) Grammar Quizzes -- NO make-up / early quiz

? You will have 14 grammar quizzes to check your understanding of the new structures that you have studied in class.  It will mainly focus on new grammatical structures.  See the schedule for the content of each quiz.

? The two lowest grades will be dropped.

5) Kanji & katakana Quizzes -- NO make-up / early quiz

? At the beginning of the semester, you will have 1 hiragana / katakana review quiz.

? You will have 8 kanji  quizzes which focus mainly on new kanji in that chapter.  Study the kanji vocabulary for the quizzes.

? You will have 1 katakana quiz at the end of semester.  Study the katakana list in your packet

(p. 32) for the quiz.

? The lowest score will be dropped.

? The above-mentioned quizzes will be given at the beginning of the class, so come to class on time.

6) Compositions

? You are going to use a computer to write compositions.  The computer training session will be provided at the beginning of the semester.  You will receive feedback on the draft, and then you are expected to turn in a corrected version based on the suggested feedback.  Please attach the first draft when turning in the corrected version in order to receive full credit.  Please note that without writing the draft, you won't receive any credit even if you turn in the "final" version by the deadline.

? You will write two compositions. The feedback sheet for each composition, which is included in your packet, contains the composition topic and guidelines.  You must attach this feedback sheet to your draft.

? Submitting a draft and the corrected version by the deadline counts for 50% of the total grade; the rest of the grade depends on the content of your composition. The maximum score is 100 pts.  You will lose 10 pts. per day for late submission .  Also, a short draft or short rewrite will lower your grade..

? In each composition, you should do your best to try to use new vocabulary and grammar patterns that you have learned.  In addition, use kanji as much as possible.

? The instructor will use the marks below when giving feedback on your compositions:

H: hiragana KT: katakana KJ: kanji SP: spelling V: vocabulary

P: particle G: grammar FM: form T: tense     ORD: order

   ?:  unclear >: insertion CJ: conjugation   :  delete

?Do not consult anyone, e.g., your Japanese friends, classmates, and TA; write and revise by yourself

7) Oral exams -- NO make-up / early oral exam

•At the end of each chapter, there will be an oral exam (e.g. interview & role play) based upon the material that you have been practicing.  They will be graded on the basis of communicative skills as well as accuracy, structure, vocabulary, pronunciation, and fluency.  The oral exam guidelines are included in your packet.

?You need to sign up for oral exams in advance.  Without signing in, you cannot take the exams.  There will be no make up if you missed your scheduled time slot, so come on time (preferably at least 10 minutes early).

8) Skit Presentation  -- NO make-up / early presentation

? Your partners and you will cooperate to create a skit in Japanese to present in the class. Turn in the skit draft and revision according to the schedule.  Unless participating in all the group activities such as skit writing, performance practice, and presentation, you will receive no credit.  The skit instruction will be given in class later.

?Do not consult anyone, e.g., your Japanese friends, classmates, and TA; write and revise by yourselves

9) Chapter Tests  -- NO make-up / early test

? You will have three written chapter tests to examine your understanding of the material in the chapters.  Each test will include everything that has been covered in that chapter.

? Study “Language Notes” and “Culture Notes” in the textbook. (These sections may not be covered in class; however, you are expected to read them.)

? The listening section will be conducted in the beginning of the hour, so please come to classroom on time.  You will not be able to make up a missed listening section if you come late.

10) Final Written Exam -- NO make-up / early exam

? All students are expected to take the comprehensive final written exam on the scheduled date and time, which will be announced later.  The exam will test your abilities in all language skills such as listening, reading, writing, and grammar within the context of what has been done in this course.  The format is similar to that of the written chapter tests, but it will include a kanji and katakana section.  The kanji and katakana section will be given in the beginning of the hour, followed by the listening section.  Be sure to come to the location on time.

? Make sure to check the final exam date before you purchase an airplane ticket.

?You cannot keep any of the tests and exams.  Make sure to return them to your instructor by the end of the class.  If they are not returned on the same day, you will not receive any credit for the exam.  Please go to your instructor's office if you need to look at them further. 

VI. Policy on Scholastic Dishonesty

Students who violate the University’s rules on scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and/or dismissal from the University.  Since such dishonesty harms the individual students, and the integrity of the University, policies on scholastic dishonest will be strictly enforced.

The following are some examples of behaviors regarded as "scholastic dishonesty".

*Copying other students’ homework/exam answers.

*Showing your homework/exam answers to other students.

*Copying other peoples' work or phrases without citing.

*Having someone else write a paper/composition for you.

*Seeking and Receiving help from others such as a native speaker of Japanese for doing homework or writing a composition.

VII. For Students with Disabilities

Any student with a documented disability (physical or cognitive) who requires academic accommodations should contact the Services for Students with Disabilities area of the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259 as soon as possible to request an official letter outlining authorized accommodations.

VIII. Studying Japanese

? In learning a foreign language, it is important to study every day.

? Actively participate in class. Use Japanese whenever possible, and do not be afraid of making mistakes.

? Spend as much time as possible studying with audio tapes or CD.

? Develop a systematic way of organizing the increasingly large amounts of materials for which you will be responsible.  Language learning requires constant review of previously-learned material.  You may want to make vocabulary cards or lists according to word groups.  Find your own learning and organizational style, and continue reviewing on a daily basis.  Read the “Study Hints” in the textbook pages 13, 53, 84, 115-6, 122-3, and 136-7 for suggestions.

Useful Websites for Learners of Japanese

1) http://www.wfu.edu/~takatay/YookosoKanji/

     http://www.laits.utexas.edu/japanese/joshu/kanji/y1/kanji_yookoso1.htm

These are online kanji practice sites for Yookoso

2)  http://www.laits.utexas.edu/japanese/joshu/index.htm

This is UT’s Japanese Program web site.  The site includes various activities and quizzes (for self-paced learning), grammar notes, and kanji review exercise, and lots more.  You can also read stories written by students in the previous semesters.

3) http://www.sabotenweb.com/bookmarks/language.html

            This web site contains more than 20 different J-E, E-J dictionaries, translation tools, kanji-kana

                dictionaries.

4) http://www.laits.utexas.edu/japanese/JapanizingYourComputer%20.html

This web site provides information on how to Japanize your PC.

JPN 330 • Adv Rdng In Newspaper Artcls

31720 • Spring 2010
Meets MW 330pm-500pm JES A217A
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**  Prerequisite is JPN 320L with a grade of at least C or the equivalent.

** The course is repeatable for credit.

Class:  #31720  M & W: 3:30-5:00  @JES A217A

Instructor:             Akemi Katayama

                               Office: WCH 5.126

                               Phone: 475-6043

                               E-mail: akataya@mail.utexas.edu

                               Office hours: M: 5-6; W: 5-6; Th: 2-3; & by appointment

Course Materials:

?Textbook: ??????????????????(For Pre-Advanced and Advanced

    Learners of Japanese: Images of Japan, 1st Edition) ??????, University of Tokyo

    Press, 2001.

?Workbook: ??????????????????(For Pre-Advanced and Advanced

    Learners of Japanese: Images of Japan, 1st Edition)?????????????,

    University of Tokyo Press, 2001.

?Handouts: other authentic materials such as short stories, essays, articles and.

    (Some of the handouts will be posted on Blackboard under Course Documents.

    http://courses.utexas.edu)

Note: Documents on these sites are mostly in PDF format. To read/print them, you will need a PDF reader software. You can download free Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Software for Windows, Macintosh, SGI, Sun, and DOS Systems from:

http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

Choose "Japanese" as your language. If you already have Adobe Acrobat Reader but unable to read Japanese, go to Asianfontpack site (http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/acrrasianfontpack.html) and download free "asianfontpack."

Course Objectives:

            ?To develop reading skills through a variety of sources: newspaper and magazine articles,

    essays, short stories, web pages, comic strips, etc.

            ?To expand both linguistic and sociolinguistic knowledge, as well as vocabulary and kanji

    knowledge.

            ?To develop skills to discuss readings in Japanese.

            ?To learn about current topics in Japan through reading authentic materials.

Course Requirements:

  1. Attendance

• Because of the cumulative nature of language learning, it is essential that students keep up with course work on a daily basis and attend all classes.  It is extremely important to attend and be prepared for all class sessions according to the daily schedule to be provided. 

• Come to class on time.

• If you do not have any absences for any reasons, you will receive 1% bonus toward your total course grade. With 1 or 2 absences, you will receive 0.5% bonus. One day of tardiness (coming late or leaving early) counts as 1/2 absence.

• It is the policy of UT that the student must notify the instructor at least 14 days prior to the classes scheduled of dates s/he will be absent to observe religious holy days. 

  1. Participation

Active class participation is strongly encouraged.  Student participation will be graded on a daily basis as stated below.

9~10 -- excellent participation by volunteering answers, comments, etc.

7~8  -- active participation without voluntaries

1~6  -- tardiness, inattentiveness, chatting, sleeping, or studying other subjects, etc.

0  -- absent

            3. Preparation

Please come PREPARED and be ready to answer questions about the article and take part in lively discussions. Students will be expected to establish their self-learning styles that are required to advance their understanding of Japanese.

            4.  Homework assignments

         •  You will be given written homework assignments on a regular basis.  They will be corrected

            but not graded.

         •  Assignments listed in the “homework” column of your schedule should be completed prior to

            the corresponding class period.

         •   Some assignments will be posted at Blackboard in a timely manner.

         •   NO LATE homework will be counted for credit.

         •   All homework is due at the beginning of the class.

         •   Late, incomplete, or sloppily done homework may be accepted but will not be counted for

    credit

 

            5. Lesson Quizzes

You will be given quizzes to evaluate your understanding of the grammar, kanji, expressions, and content introduced in the textbook. Each quiz will cover one to three articles.

            6. Kanji/Vocabulary Quizzes

            •  You will have a kanji and vocabulary quiz on a regular basis.

            •   Study the list of kanji and vocabulary posted at Blackboard for each quiz.

            •  Your two lowest scores will be dropped.

            •  All quizzes will be given at the beginning of the class, so come to the class ON TIME.

            •  There will be no make-ups.

 

            7. Reading Logs: you will read and write your comments to the three web readings (1000-2000

          characters for each reading) you selected.

            • You CANNOT choose those that have translations.

            • Read the selections with the aid of dictionaries and on-line dictionaries such as Rikai.com

               and Popjisho.com

            • DO NOT get help from others such as native speakers of Japanese or friends.

            • Your comments can be either English (100-200 words) or Japanese (150-200 characters).

            • This will NOT be graded. If you submit your comments before the deadlines, you will

receive 6% (out of 100% for each log).

            • Attach a cover sheet.

            • Make sure you include the URL(s) of the web pages you read.

            • See the course schedule for due dates.

 

8. Grading:            

Participation                             10%

Kanji/Vocabulary Quizzes (20)   22%

Homework assignments            13%

Reading Logs                             6%                       

Lesson Quizzes (6)                 49%                                                                                                                                           100%           

Letter grades will be determined according to the following scale.  There will be NO grading on a curve.

A             =             92.5 ~

A-            =             89.5 - 92.4

B+           =            86.5 - 89.4

B             =            82.5 - 86.4

B-            =            79.5 – 82.4

C+           =            76.5 - 79.4

C             =            72.5 - 76.4

C-            =            69.5 – 72.4

D+           =            66.5 - 69.4

D             =            62.5 - 66.4

D-            =            59.5 – 62.4

F              =            59.4 or less

 

9. Useful Links

Japanese language learning tools on Web:  http://www.sabotenweb.com/bookmarks/language.html

Japanese newspapers and media:  http://www.sabotenweb.com/bookmarks/newspapers.html           

Other Links: http://www.sabotenweb.com/bookmarks/links.html

 

Scholastic Dishonesty  

            • The University of Texas guideline on scholastic dishonesty applies to ALL                                     work done in this class, including but not limited to: homework, projects, quizzes, and written and oral tests.

            • Students who violate University rules on scholastic dishonesty are subject to                                     disciplinary penalties, failure in the course and dismissal from the university.                                      Policies on scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced.

            http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/sjs/scholdis.php

 

For Students with Disabilities

Any student with a documented disability (physical or cognitive) who requires                                   academic accommodations should contact the Services for Students with                                     Disabilities area of the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259 as soon as                                     possible to request an official letter outlining authorized accommodations.

 

 

JPN 506 • First-Year Japanese I

31755-31760 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 930-1100 RLM 7.120
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JPN 506 First-Year Japanese I - Fall 2009
Classes Tu & Th @RLM M, W, & F @RLM
#31740 (Yellow) 8:00- 9:30 5.126 8:00- 9:00 5.126
#31745 (Purple) 8:00- 9:30 5.126 9:00-10:00 5.120
#31750 (Orange) 8:00- 9:30 6.112 8:00- 9:00 5.112
#31755 (Blue) 9:30-11:00 7.120 10:00-11:00 6.118
#31760 (Pink) 9:30-11:00 7.120 11:00-12:00 7.112
Name Office Voice-mail E-mail Office Hours
(Instructor)
Chikako Cooke WCH5.132 475-6046 hirayama_cooke@mail.utexas.edu TBA
Akiko Hoshino TBA TBA akikohoshino@gmail.com TBA
Akemi Katayama WCH5.126 475-6043 akataya@mail.utexas.edu T & Th: 12:00-1:30
& by appointment
(Teaching Assistant)
Mai Tadokoro TBA TBA maitadokoro@gmail.com TBA
Tadahisa Muramatsu TBA TBA tmuramatsu@mail.utexas.edu TBA
UT Policy Change
• The One-Time Exception Policy has been eliminated for all Liberal Arts students. Students will still be
allowed to Q-drop with their instructor's permission before the deadline, and may petition to Q-drop
after the deadline if they have an urgent, substantiated, non-academic reason.
• All the students must take this course with a letter grade if they wish to advance to a next level, i.e.
those taking this course with CR/NC will not be eligible for taking JPN507 in the future.
I. Course Objectives
1) To acquire four skills in the Japanese language:
•Listening: Ability to understand simple every day conversation.
•Speaking: Ability to handle some survival situations through circumlocutions and repetitions.
•Reading: Ability to read simple, short reading materials including semi-authentic materials.
•Writing: Ability to write simple sentences learned in class using the appropriate hiragana,
katakana, and kanji.
2) To acquire a fundamental knowledge of Japanese grammatical structures.
3) To acquire some knowledge of the Japanese culture.
II. Course Materials
1) Textbook: "Yookoso! An Invitation to Contemporary Japanese," by Yasu-Hiko Tohsaku. 3rd
edition
2) Workbook/Laboratory Manual for Yookoso! An Invitation to Contemporary Japanese, 3rd
edition
3) Audio files (for textbook and workbook) are available at
http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0072408154/student_view0/index.html
*** You can listen to the CDs through “QuickTime Player.”
4) Packet of handouts including homework assignments is available at Blackboard
(http://courses.utexas.edu) EID and password required.
5) The textbook and the workbook are on reserve at PCL 2.112.
6) JOSHU Study help site (custom made for UT)
III. Course Structure
•Attend all classes.
•Prepare for class according to the daily schedule.
1) Lecture class (T and Th)
•Please Come prepared. Read appropriate textbook assignments and do the grammar exercises
and activities before class. Do not read the textbook during class.
•Brief grammar explanations and grammar exercises will be given.
•Reading and some writing practice, including new kanji, will be given.
•Japanese cultural information related to the topic will be discussed.
•Administrative information will be announced.
2) Activity class (M, W, and F)
•Dialogues and activities in the textbook will be followed by communicative practice.
•The sessions will be entirely in Japanese. Questions that require explanations (in English)
should be asked in lecture classes.
IV. Grading Policy
Your final course grade is determined in the following way:
1) Attendance & Class Participation ?%
2) Homework 14%
3) Vocabulary Quizzes (18) 12%
4) Writing Quizzes (10) 9%
5) Compositions (2) 4%
6) Oral Exams (2) 8%
7) Group Skit 6%
8) Chapter Tests (3) 27%
9) Final Written Exam 20%
100%
•Letter grades will be determined according to the above scale (TBA).
There will be NO grading on a curve.
V. Course Requirements
1) Attendance & Class Participation
•Because of the cumulative nature of language learning, it is essential that students keep up with
course work on a daily basis and attend all classes. You are required to attend all classes and to prepare
for the class according to the daily schedule. When you have the perfect attendance record at the end of
the semester, you will receive an extra 2% added to your course grade. If you miss classes 3 times or
less, you will receive an extra 1% added to your course grade. Missing class more than 3 times will not
get you any extra points. Absence will not excuse a student in any way from responsibility for course
material. Notify your instructor as soon as possible if you cannot attend the class. Only in RARE
emergency cases (e.g., funerals with the announcement, car accidents with a written note from the
police), students will be allowed to make up work missed during their absences. Your instructors will
abide by this rule very strictly and reserve the right to judge whether to allow work to be made up or not.
•It is the policy of the UT that the student must notify the instructor at least 14 days prior to the
classes scheduled on dates s/he will be absent to observe a religious holy day.
•Come to each class on time. Two incidents of tardiness (coming late or leaving early) counts as
one absence. In addition, studying other subjects, chatting in English with your classmates, etc. will also
penalize your attendance.
•No food, No drink (only bottled water is allowed), No gum in the classroom, PLEASE. Also, if
you carry a cellular phone, pager, etc., please keep it off.
•Please respect each other and show consideration towards your instructor and classmates.
•Your active participation in class activities will greatly enhance your progress in Japanese.
Please do not be afraid of making mistakes/errors in the classroom.
2) Homework -- No late / incomplete homework will count toward your grade.
•You will be given written homework assignments almost every day. Do your homework
promptly and carefully. Answer all of the questions even though you are not sure of the correct answer-
-your instructors can help you with your mistakes but need to have something to correct.
•The instructors use the marks below when checking homework as well as compositions:
H: hiragana Kt: katakana Kj: kanji Sp: spelling V: vocabulary
P: particle Gr: grammar Fm: form Tns: tense Ord: order
?: unclear >: insertion CJ: conjugation
•Write neatly. Use only pencil (and erase carefully).
•Homework is due at the beginning of each class, so turn it in before the class starts. Do not
leave homework at your teacher's office or mailbox without receiving permission to do so in advance.
Late, incomplete, or sloppily done homework may be accepted but will not be counted for credit.
•Write your name on each homework sheet. If there are more than 2 pages, staple them in the
upper left corner. Your instructors are not responsible for missing pages when pages are not having
names nor stapled together.
•If you need to turn in your homework early (e.g., one day early), you must provide the written
note (stating which homework of what date you are turning in early) attached to your homework, so that
the instructor or TA can understand your situation. Without the written note, we will not accept and
grade the homework turned in early.
•You must do your homework on your own. Unauthorized collaboration on homework and/or
copying someone's homework and turning it in as your own will be considered as cheating and will
result in a severe penalty. Allowing other students to use your homework is also considered as
scholastic dishonesty. Please read the UT’s policies on students’ scholastic dishonesty.
3) Vocabulary Quizzes -- NO make-up / early quiz
•You will have 18 vocabulary quizzes. See the schedule for the content of each quiz.
• Your lowest three grades will be dropped at the end of the semester.
4) Writing Quizzes -- NO make-up / early quiz
•You will have 10 writing quizzes which examine your writing skills such as hiragana, katakana,
and kanji. Your lowest grade will be dropped.

JPN 330 • Practical Reading In Adv Jpn

31860 • Fall 2009
Meets MW 300pm-430pm PAR 101
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JPN 330: Practical Readings in Advanced Japanese (Fall 2009) 

 

**  Prerequisite is JPN 320L or the equivalent with a grade of at least C. 

** The course is repeatable for credit. 

Class:  #31860  M & W: 3:00-4:30 @ ECJ 1.214 

 

Instructor:  Akemi Katayama 

                    Office: WCH 5.126 

                    Phone: 475-6043 

                    E-mail: akataya@mail.utexas.edu 

                    Office hours: T & Th 12:00 – 1:30 and by appointment 

 

Course Materials: 

?Textbook: ????????????????????????????? (Enjoyable Task  

        Reading in Japanese: Pre-advanced) 

 ?Course packet: Will be posted at Blackboard 

?Handouts: other authentic materials such as short stories, essays, articles and comic 

        strips. (Some of the handouts will be posted on Blackboard under Course Documents.  

        http://courses.utexas.edu 

Note: Documents on these sites are mostly in PDF format. To read/print them, you will 

need a PDF reader software. You can download free Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Software for 

Windows, Macintosh, SGI, Sun, and DOS Systems from: 

http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html  

Choose "Japanese" as your language. If you already have Adobe Acrobat Reader but 

unable to read Japanese, go to Asianfontpack site 

(http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/acrrasianfontpack.html) and download free 

"asianfontpack." 

 

Course Objectives: 

 This course will help students develop a wide variety of reading skills such as scanning, 

skimming, prediction, reading for details, and reading for the central ideas. The course also 

helps students expand both linguistic and sociolinguistic knowledge, as well as their 

vocabulary and kanji knowledge. Students will read various materials: essays, comic strips, 

short stories, information on websites, magazine and newspaper articles, etc. Class will be 

conducted entirely in Japanese in order to promote the maximum use of the target language. 

The course is repeatable for credit. 

 

Grading:  Participation      10% 

Quizzes:    20% 

Homework assignments  10% 

UT Guide     3%   Letter grades will be assigned 

Reading logs     3%  according to the following scale 

Lesson tests   40% 

Final exam   14%   TBA  

  100%   

 

Course Requirements: 

 

1. Attendance  

• Because of the cumulative nature of language learning, it is essential that students keep up 

with course work on a daily basis and attend all classes.  It is extremely important to 

attend and be prepared for all class sessions according to the daily schedule to be 

provided.   

• Come to class on time.  

• If you do not have any absences for any reasons, you will receive 1% bonus toward your 

total course grade. With 1 or 2 absences, you will receive 0.5% bonus.  One day of 

tardiness (coming late or leaving early) counts as 1/2 absence. 

• It is the policy of UT that the student must notify the instructor at least 14 days prior to 

  the classes scheduled of dates s/he will be absent to observe religious holy days.   

 

 

2. Participation  

Active class participation is strongly encouraged.  Student participation will be graded on a 

daily basis as stated below. 

  9~10  -- excellent participation by volunteering answers, comments, etc. 

  7~8   -- active participation without voluntaries 

  1~6   -- tardiness, inattentiveness, chatting, sleeping, or studying other subjects, etc. 

  0   -- absent 

 

 

 3. Preparation 

  Come PREPARED and be ready to answer questions about the article and take part in lively 

discussions.   

 

 

 4.  Homework assignments 

 • You will be given written homework assignments on a regular basis.   

 • Assignments listed in the “homework” column of your schedule should be completed prior to  

  the corresponding class period.  

 • NO LATE homework will be counted for credit. 

 • All homework is due at the beginning of the class.  

 • Late, incomplete, or sloppily done homework may be accepted but will not be counted for  

  credit.   

 

 

 5. Tests & Exam 

 A. Lesson tests: you will have 5 lesson tests to evaluate your understanding of the 

 grammar and expressions introduced in the textbook. The tests will also contain reading 

 materials that you have not read.  

 B. Final exam: you will have a written exam on the day officially scheduled during the final  

   exam week.  See the schedule for the content of the exam. 

 

 

 

6. Quizzes 

 • You will have a kanji and vocabulary quiz on a regular basis as well as review quizzes.  

 • Study the lists of kanji and vocabulary posted at Blackboard. 

 • All quizzes will be given at the beginning of the class, so come to the class ON TIME.  

 • There will be no make-up (No excuses). 

 

7. Writings 

 1) UT Guide: you will write a short essay (400~600 characters) about UT, e.g., academics,  

 facilities, campus life, extracurricular activities, etc. Upon obtaining consents of the 

 writers of the essays, selected essays will be placed on a web site for a Japanese  

 audience.  

 http://www.laits.utexas.edu/japanese/UTGuideFolder/UTGuide_home.html 

  • Submit an outline of your proposed guide (in English) and get it approved by the  

       instructor for its appropriateness. 

 • You must write a guide in ???? (expository form). 

 • Draft and revision must be typed (double-spaced 12-point text). 

   * Revision will be graded. See a cover sheet for grading criteria. 

  • You MUST write and revise by yourself. Getting help from others is a violation of the  

       UT guideline on scholastic dishonesty, and the instructor will report the incident to the 

     University. 

  • You MUST write it from scratch.  

  • You MUST paraphrase the original writing properly. Making a minor change to the  

     original constitutes plagiarism.  

  • You can use dictionaries, but not translation aids. 

  • Attach a typed translation of your writing (double-spaced). 

  • Attach a cover sheet. 

  • See the course schedule for due dates. 

    

 2) Reading Logs: you will read and write your comments to the web reading (1000-2000  

      characters) you selected. 

  • You CANNOT choose those that have translations.  

  • Read the selections with the aid of dictionaries and on-line dictionaries such as Rikai.com  

       and Popjisho.com 

 •  DO NOT get help from others such as native speakers of Japanese or friends. 

 •  Your comments can be either English (100-200 words) or Japanese (150- 

      200characters). 

 • This will NOT be graded. If you submit your comments before the deadline, you will  

    receive 3% (out of 100%). 

 • Attach a cover sheet. 

 • Make sure you include the URL(s) of the web pages you read.  

    • See the course schedule for due dates. 

 

 

8. Useful Links 

Japanese language learning tools on Web:  http://www.sabotenweb.com/bookmarks/language.html 

Japanese newspapers and media:  http://www.sabotenweb.com/bookmarks/newspapers.html  

Other Links: http://www.sabotenweb.com/bookmarks/links.html   

 

Scholastic Dishonesty  

 • The University of Texas guideline on scholastic dishonesty applies to ALL   

 work done in this class, including but not limited to: homework, projects,    

 quizzes, and written and oral tests. 

 • Students who violate University rules on scholastic dishonesty are subject to   

 disciplinary penalties, failure in the course and dismissal from the university.    

 Policies on scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced. 

http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/sjs/scholdis.php 

 

 

For Students with Disabilities 

 Any student with a documented disability (physical or cognitive) who requires   

 academic accommodations should contact the Services for Students with   

 Disabilities area of the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259 as soon as   

 possible to request an official letter outlining authorized accommodations. 

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