An Introduction to Japanese Grammar (a)

Tack ung LEE Associate Professor

Department: Graduate School of Languages and Cultures

Class Time: 2011 Fall Friday

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Course Aims

While giving concrete examples, we will analyze and inquire into various topics of modern Japanese grammar. Also, through arranging and examining in what way items of grammar are dealt with and how they are described, we will discuss effective applications, especially practical grammar instruction, in the teaching of Japanese.

Key Features

For Japanese people, Japanese is learnt unconsciously, their so-called "Mother Tongue". In other words, you could almost say it comes in the same way as air. Therefore, we could say that in daily life people don't usually go to ends to be conscious of common things. However, in the world of Japanese linguistic and Japanese Pedagogic students those normal-life things often become problematic. Realizing the various phenomena that are somehow difficult for normal Japanese people to notice is extremely important in this academic sphere.

In order to recognize such phenomena, it is necessary to learn about the efficacy of analysis and description through observing Japanese from an objective standpoint. I want students to connect with Japanese while keeping such things in mind at all times.

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Course Aims

To acquire accurate knowledge about the teaching of Japanese grammar

To learn about effective applications, especially practical grammar instruction, in the teaching of Japanese

To learn about the efficacy of analysis and description through observing Japanese from an objective standpoint

Course Requirements

None.

Textbooks

Handouts will be provided.

Report Task

Taking similar expressions which would seem to be problematic in the teaching of Japanese, discuss their correct usage using concrete examples. Also, state your own thoughts concerning effective applied methods in teaching Japanese. You may also use themes covered in lessons.

Please be sure to include a bibliography of all literature and materials you referenced at the end of your report.

Course Schedule

Session Contents
1-5
Proper Use of Similar Expressions (1)
6-10
Proper Use of Similar Expressions (2)
11-15

Grading

Class attendance and performance, oral presentations, report.

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Lecture Handouts

Note: All files are in Japanese

Lecture Handout 1
Handout 1 (PDF, 230KB)
Lecture Handout 2
Handout 2 (PDF, 161KB)

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Page last updated December 12, 2009

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