Advanced Japanese I OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Bachelor Level Course on Advanced Japanese

Published Mar 09, 2009

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers it 'Advanced Japanese I' course as OpenCourseWare. The original course was designed for students earning bachelor's degrees with a minor in Japanese. The course focused on developing conversational skills.

Advanced Japanese I: Course Specifics

Degree Level Free Audio Video Downloads
Undergraduate Yes Yes Yes Yes

Lectures/Notes Study Materials Tests/Quizzes
No Yes No

Advanced Japanese I: Course Description

This advanced Japanese language course, which is a follow-up to Intermediate Japanese, was presented by the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department at MIT for students completing undergraduate Japanese minors. Professors Ayumi Nagatomi and Yoshimi Nagaya were the 'Advanced Japanese I' instructors. In order to improve students' ability to converse spontaneously in Japanese, classroom sessions favored speaking practice over lectures. Proper grammar and social appropriateness of speech were emphasized, and 'Advanced Japanese I' students learned techniques for politely apologizing, accepting or declining invitations and expressing opinions. Outside of class, students practiced Japanese reading and writing skills.

'Advanced Japanese I' online course materials include downloadable readings, audio recordings of readings, Kanji (Japanese character) writing video lessons, downloadable assignments and links to online Japanese dictionaries. To get started practicing Japanese today, visit the upper-level Japanese language course page.

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