Introductory Japanese II OpenCourseWare: A Free Bachelor Level Japanese Language Course by MIT

Published Mar 09, 2009

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers its 'Beginning Japanese II' course as free OpenCourseWare. The original course was designed for undergraduates obtaining their minor in Japanese or fulfilling university foreign language requirements by MIT's Foreign Languages and Literatures Department. The course built on reading, writing and speaking skills acquired in the previous introductory Japanese course.

Beginning Japanese II: Course Specifics

Degree Level Free Audio Video Downloads
Undergraduate Yes No No Yes

Lectures/Notes Study Materials Tests/Quizzes
No Yes Yes

Beginning Japanese II: Course Description

Students in the 'Beginning Japanese II' class improved their ability to write Kanji characters and learned more complex vocabulary and grammatical patterns as well. Students also learned how to use particles (words that indicate the relationship between two phrases). Spontaneous communication was emphasized in 'Beginning Japanese II,' and students were expected to converse fluently about everyday topics by the end of the course. Professors Ayumi Nagatomi and Yoshimi Nagaya taught the class. They used a lecture-based approach combined with active speaking and listening practice to achieve course goals.

'Beginning Japanese II' OpenCourseWare provides Internet users with free access to downloadable course readings, assignments and solutions, practice quizzes and answers and links to course-related resources. If you'd like to improve your Japanese skills, start right away by visiting the elementary Japanese language course page.

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