Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2023Year School/Graduate School School of Education
Lecture Code CC310623 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 国語文化概論A(国語文化とことば)(R5年度入学生用)
Subject Name
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Survey of Japanese Language and Culture A (National Culture and Language)
シラタ リヒト
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  Second Semester,  4Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (4T) Weds1-4:EDU L205
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 2 : Undergraduate Low-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 06 : Linguistics
Eligible Students
Keywords SDG_10, System and structure of modern Japanese language, Diversity of Japanese language, Function of languages, Japanese language in secondary education
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Type I of Advanced Subjects in Specialized Subjects 
Criterion referenced
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Secondary School Japanese Language Education
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・To have acquired basic knowledge on the contents of secondary Japanese language education ("Language" and its culture)
(Abilities and Skills)
・To be able to collect and understand materials and information on the contents of Japanese taught in secondary education, (Japanese studies, Japanese literature, and Chinese poetry) 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
(1) To gain basic knowledge of the system of languages, focusing on modern Japanese.  
(2) To deepen the recognition of diversity of modern Japanese.
(3) To aim to examine questions about Japanese you get in daily life from an academic point of view based on the above (1) and (2).
(4) To study how the above (1) and (2) are related to secondary Japanese education.
Class Schedule Lesson1 Orientation, Languages in the world and Japanese, the characteristics of --linguistic signs
Lesson2 Sounds of Japanese 1: how we produce speech sounds, phonological distinction and phonological system
Lesson3 Sounds of Japanese 2: syllables and morae
Lesson4 Sounds of Japanese 3: accent and intonation
Lesson5 Japanese characters
Lesson6 Japanese vocabulary
Lesson7 Grammar of Japanese 1: what the term 'grammar' means, sentence structures
Lesson8 Grammar of Japanese 2: parts of speech
Lesson9 Grammar of Japanese 3: compounding and inflection
Lesson10 Grammar of Japanese 4: case system, topic and subject, toritate
Lesson11 Grammar of Japanese 5: tense, aspect, modality
Lesson12 Grammar of Japanese 6: voice
Lesson13 Japanese communication
lesson14 Diversity of Japanese: distinction between languages and dialects, classification of dialects, language policy, endangered languages
Lesson15 Summary

A mid-term examination and a terminal examination will be held. 
The course does not use textbooks. Materials will be provided in the class if necessary. Other references will be informed during the lectures. 
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Learning techniques to be incorporated  
Suggestions on
Preparation and
The participants are recommended to observe words and expressions you hear or read in daily life (including foreign languages and dialects) and take notes of those you have got interested in and research them. The participants are also recommended to review the lectures and look up keywords and technical terms in introductory books or dictionaries if necessary.
Grading Method Two mid-term examinations and a terminal examination will be held. 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Message I would be glad if the course could help the participants to learn the joy of analyzing the rules and patterns hidden in the language used in daily life.
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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