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MLJP-030  Japanese Conversation Practice

1 credit (EL)

MLJP-101  Elementary Japanese I

Development of vocabulary, structures and speaking strategies essential to basic language use. Situation-based practice in asking and answering questions, identifying and describing things, shopping and asking directions. Practical use of katakana and hiragana syllabaries. $25 fee. ACTFL target: Novice Mid. Offered fall. 5 credits.

MLJP-102  Elementary Japanese II

Continuation of 101. Talking about activities, plans, and personal life, expressing wants and needs, basic conventions of social interaction with Japanese people, including appropriate use of formal and informal speech styles. Study of kanji characters with an emphasis on kanji most useful for daily life. $25 fee. ACTFL target: Novice High. Prerequisite: 101 or placement test. Offered spring. 5 credits.

MLJP-106  Accelerated Elementary Japanese I

Accelerated, one-semester course equivalent to MLJP 101. For students with previous experience with the language, but not enough to enroll in MLJP 102. Situation-based practice in asking and answering questions, identifying and describing things, shopping, and asking directions. $15 fee. ACTFL target: Novice Mid. Prerequisite: Placement test or consent of instructor. Offered fall. 3 credits.

MLJP-201  Intermediate Japanese I

Review of skills described in 101 and 102. Vocabulary, expressions, and structures for more complicated interactions in social, business, and home environments. Preparation for living in Japan. Continued study of kanji. Four class hours per week. $25 fee. ACTFL target: Intermediate Low. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in 102 or 106 or placement test. Offered fall. 5 credits.

MLJP-202  Intermediate Japanese II

Continuation of 201. Practice in obtaining and giving detailed information, problem solving and expressing opinions and emotions in culturally appropriate ways. Continued study of kanji. Four class hours per week. $25 fee. ACTFL target: Intermediate Mid. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in 201 or placement test. Offered spring. 5 credits.

MLJP-230  Japanese Language Practice

Course work conducted in Yokohama in the Semester Abroad Program. For students who have taken 102 before going abroad. Offered fall. 4 credits.

MLJP-231  Japanese Language Practice

Course work conducted in Yokohama in the Semester Abroad Program. For students who have taken 102 before going abroad. Offered fall. 3 credits. MLJP 232 Japanese

MLJP-232  Japanese Language Practice

Course work conducted in Yokohama in the Semester Abroad Program. For students who have taken 102 before going abroad. Offered fall. 3 credits.

MLJP-240  Japanese Culture Today

Selected aspects of culture and cultural change that have been especially important in determining the nature of today's Japanese society. Conducted in English. $15 fee. 3 credits. (GP)

MLJP-301  Japanese Composition and Conversation I

Vocabulary building and kanji for reading and discussion of a wide variety of topics, narrative and descriptive compositions, listening practice and enhancement of cultural competence through viewing of videotapes from Japanese network television. Three class hours per week. $20 fee. ACTFL target: Intermediate Mid. Prerequisite: 202 or placement test. Participation in Linfield's study abroad program in Yokohama strongly recommended. 4 credits. (MWI)

MLJP-302  Intermediate Japanese Conversation II

Enhancement of listening and conversational skills through situational role playing, watching the news, a television drama, and through inclass presentations. Three class hours per week. $15 fee. ACTFL target: Intermediate Mid. Prerequisite: 202 or placement test. 3 credits. (MWI)

MLJP-306  Japanese Culture and Society

Understanding Japanese culture by organizing ideas in writing on such topics as "ambiguity" vs. "clarity," seasonal flux, group consensus vs. individual ego, patriarchy, ritualistic etiquette, attitudes toward past and future. Taught in English. Offered fall. 3 credits.

MLJP-307  Japanese Political and Economic Institutions

Political, economic, and social institutions that facilitate economic growth in Japan. Taught in English. Offered fall. 3 credits.

MLJP-309  Intermed Written Japanese

Development of reading and writing skills through magazine articles and short stories designed for native speakers. Writing of synopses and brief opinion pieces. Two class hours per week. $10 fee. ACTFL target: Intermediate Mid. Prerequisite: 202 or placement test. Participation in Linfield's Study Abroad Program in Yokohama strongly recommended. Concurrent enrollment in 302 and 309 is possible. 2 credits.

MLJP-330  Japanese Language Practice

Course work conducted in Yokohama in the Semester Abroad Program. For students who have taken 202 before going abroad. Offered fall. 4 credits.

MLJP-331  Japanese Language Practice

Course work conducted in Yokohama in the Semester Abroad Program. For students who have taken 202 before going abroad. Offered fall. 3 credits.

MLJP-332  Japanese Language Practice

Course work conducted in Yokohama in the Semester Abroad Program. For students who have taken 202 before going abroad. Offered fall. 3 credits.

MLJP-350  Topics In Japanese Literature

A survey of representative works of Japanese literature in English translation. Readings reflect a variety of genres including fiction, poetry, and drama. No background in Japanese language is required. $15 fee. Prerequisite: INQS 125. 3 credits. (CS or GP)

MLJP-360  Topics In Japanese Civilization

Selected aspects of culture and cultural change that have been especially important in determining the nature of contemporary society. Study and discussion of printed and broadcast sources from the various humanistic and social scientific fields. Conducted in English. $15 fee. 3 credits. (GP)

MLJP-480  Independent Study

A flexible course suited to the needs of the individual. Reading and research on a specific topic. Prerequisites: 202 and consent of instructor. 1-5 credits.

MLJP-485  Japanese Senior Seminar

Examination and analysis of contemporary social and cultural issues in Japan and the ways in which traditional values affect contemporary culture. Utilizes both print and broadcast sources from various humanistic and social scientific fields. Substantial individual research project with topic drawn from Japanese social and cultural issues discussed in class. Conducted in Japanese. $15 fee. Prerequisite: MDLA 380 or equivalent. Offered spring. 3 credits. (IS or GP, MWI)

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