The Japanese pop culture has gained popularity in the US, and many American children watch various Japanese animations, while growing up. However, lack of Japanese cultural knowledge sometimes makes it hard for the American audience to fully understand whats going on in the Japanese characters mind.
Therefore, in this introductory Japanese language and culture course, students will not only examine how Japanese people communicate and why American and Japanese behave differently, but also perform various situations that students will face if attending a Japanese university. Students will practice listening, speaking, reading, and writing Japanese through various contexts and materials. Students will also experience deconstructing and reconstructing their identity by immersing themselves into a Japanese culture. Japanese writing systems – Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji – will be introduced.