This first quarter of a year-long sequence is designed for complete beginners. Students will learn how to function in Japanese in everyday situations by learning useful expressions and basic sentence structures. Both hiragana and katakana letters, as well as elementary kanji characters, will be introduced. Class activities will include presentations and discussion on Japanese culture and life. This is a good preparatory course for students interested in participating in Evergreen's exchange program with Miyazaki University or University of Hyogo in Japan.
To successfully participate in this course, students need to have a computer with a camera, internet access, and the required textbook/workbook. Students will spend two hours each on Tuesday and Thursday in synchronous meetings using Zoom and approximately two additional hours of asynchronous learning for preparation and review.