ELJ105: Japanese for Heritage Speakers

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Course information

  • Instructor: Tomonori Nagano, Ph.D.
  • Syllabus: Syllabus
  • https://www.t-nagano.com/mycourses/ELJ101/ | tnagano@lagcc.cuny.edu | 718-482-5484 | B-234FF
  • Office hours: E-mail is preferred, with which you should expect my response within 24 hours. Also, please talk to me after class if you have any question about the class.
  • Class schedule:
    • Mon & Wed 10:30-12:45pm (Room B-129)
    • Tue 10:30-12:45pm (C-222)
    • Thur 10:30-12:45pm (C-253/Lab with Ms. Saki Amemiya)

らせ/Announcements

  • The Spring 2019 semester begins on Friday, March 1 (see the academic calendar for important dates in Spring 2019)
  • Tutoring is available for those who want to practice Japanese individually.

Weekly schedule

Weekly schedule

  • Lecture
    • Ch.00 あいさつ / Greetings (ex. おはよう)
    • Ch.00 ひらがな / Japanese Writing System (あ〜こ)
  • Preparation for this class (finish before the class)
    • Textbook (Reading): Japanese writing system 1 (pp. 24-25)
    • Textbook (Listening): Greetings (pp. 34-35)
    • Textbook (Reading): Expression Note (p. 36)
  • Lab
    • Workbook: Greetings (pp. 11-12)
    • Textbook Exercises: Hiragana (pp. 290)
  • Homework due next class
    • Workbook: Hiragana あ〜こ (p. 117)
Class topic: 講義概要 (course overview), 自己紹介 (self-introduction), and 日本語能力評価 (diagnostic test)
What you should do this week (for next week's class)
  • 予習 Homework: Tobira Ch.1 (日本の地理 / Japanese geography)
  • 漢字: Prepare for the kanji quiz on the next week (とびら Ch.1 漢字).
  • 作文: Write an essay on the title "私の日本のふるさと". Write at least 1.5 pages on the composition grid (see below). See the rubrics for the essay here.
Class topic: 日本の地理 / Japanese geography (Ch.1)
Quiz 1: Kanji in Ch.1
What you should do this week (for next week's class)
  • 予習 Homework: Tobira Ch.2 (日本のスピーチスタイル / Japanese speech style)
  • 漢字: Prepare for the kanji quiz on the next week.
  • 作文: Write an essay on the following topic. Use the regular Word document or directly e-mail the assignment to the instructor. See the rubrics for the essay here.
    • 風邪(かぜ)をひいてしまい、授業(じゅぎょう)に出席(しゅっせき)できそうにありません。先生(せんせい)にメールで、授業(じゅぎょう)を休(やす)むことを連絡(れんらく)してください。メールには、次(つぎ)のことを書(か)きなさい。
      1. 先生の名前(なまえ)、クラスの名前(なまえ)
      2. 自分の名前(なまえ)、自分の学籍番号(がくせきばんごう)
      3. クラスを休(やす)む理由(りゆう)
      4. 風邪(かぜ)の症状(しょうじょう)
      5. お医者(いしゃ)さんに行くかどうか
      6. どうやって補講(ほこう / make-up)ができるか聞(き)いてください
Class topic: Tobira Ch.2 (日本のスピーチスタイル / Japanese speech style)
Quiz 2: Kanji in Ch.2
What you should do this week (for next week's class)
  • 予習 Homework: Read about 「ハーフ」 on http://hafufilm.com/about/. Use http://www.hiragana.jp if you need ふりがな for 漢字.
    • 「背景」
    • 「ハーフたちの紹介」
    • 「製作チーム」
    • 「ハーフの定義」
  • 漢字: Read http://hafufilm.com/about/ and practice 漢字 there (Note that there are several sections. Click on 「背景」、「ハーフたちの紹介」、「製作チーム」、「ハーフの定義」 )
  • 作文: Write an essay on the title "私が考える「日本人」の定義". Write at least 1.5 pages on the composition grid (see below). See the rubrics for the essay here.
  • 敬語/謙譲語 exercises: ビジネス敬語 Ch.1 (1)-(5)
Class topic: 「ハーフ」
Quiz 3: Kanji in the 「ハーフ」 website
What you should do this week (for next week's class)
  • 予習 Homework: Explore the following digital storytelling websites.
  • 予習 Homework 2: Brainstorm your own digital story (自分史 in Japanese). Use this template. Pick a topic that is meaningful to you and your life.
  • 漢字: No kanji quiz next week.
  • 作文: Choose two digital stories that you like the most (one in English and the other in Japanese from the links above). Write a short (one paragraph) introduction to the stories of your choice (in Japanese). Submit the links to the videos and your introduction on Blackboard.
  • 敬語/謙譲語 exercises: ビジネス敬語 Ch.1 (6)-(10)
Class topic: 自分史 & Digital storytelling project
No quiz
What you should do this week (for next week's class)
  • 予習 Homework: Read about Temple University Japan Campus Transfer Workshop (Note that we will meet on Wednesday, April 10, 2019)
  • 作文: Develop a storyline for your digital storytelling. Use this template and read this example.
  • 敬語/謙譲語 exercises: ビジネス敬語 Ch.2 (1)-(5)
Class topic: Temple University Japan Campus Transfer Workshop
  • Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
  • Time: 3:00-4:00pm
  • Place: Room M-158
  • Ms. Ha Nguyen, Admissions Counselor, Temple University Japan
  • What you learn in this recruitment seminar:
    • About Temple University Japan Campus in Tokyo and transfer opportunities to earn a Bachelor's degree in Japan
    • Campus life, academic programs, student services and job placement services at Temple University Japan
    • Application criteria and application procedure for transfer students
    • Various financial aid packages available for U.S. transfer students
What you should do this week (for next week's class)
  • 予習 Homework: Tobira Ch.6 (日本人と宗教 / Japanese and religion)
  • 漢字: Prepare for the kanji quiz on the next week.
  • 敬語/謙譲語 exercises: ビジネス敬語 Ch.2 (6)-(10)
  • 作文: Develop a storyline for your digital storytelling. Use this template and read this example.
Class topic:日本人と宗教 / Japanese and religion (Ch.6)
Quiz 4: Kanji in Ch.6

Class topic: メトロポリタン美術館 源氏物語展
  • Date: Friday, May 3, 2019
  • Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm
  • Place: The Main Entrance of The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028)
  • Description: The Japaense Program at LaGuardia Community College has organized a guided tour to the exhibition of "The Tale of Genji" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The tour will be guided by an official tour guide at the Met. The tour will be conducted entirely in Japanese and this is a great opportunity for students in the Japanese class to use and listen to the Japanese language in an authentic setting. Seats are limited to 15 students. RSVP is required at http://bit.ly/lagccEventReg
  • See the event flyer for more info.
  • 予習 Homework:
  • 漢字:
  • 作文: Develop a storyline for your digital storytelling. Use this template and read this example.
  • 敬語/謙譲語 exercises: ビジネス敬語 Ch.3 (1)-(5)
Class topic: Practice with digital storytelling platforms & Writing digital storytelling plots
  • 予習 Homework: Explore the digital storytelling platforms (see the list below)
  • 漢字: NA
  • 敬語/謙譲語 exercises: NA
  • デジタルストーリーテリング: Make a short (1-minute) digital presentation about a topic of your choice (e.g., Japanese religion). Below is the list of possible digital storytelling platforms:
Class topic: ドラマ 「99年の愛~Japanese Americans~」 (http://www.tbs.co.jp/japanese-americans/)
  • 予習 Homework: Explore the digital storytelling platforms (see the list below)
  • 漢字: Read Densho 日系アメリカ人 (http://nikkeijin.densho.org/legacy/index.htm)
  • 敬語/謙譲語 exercises: NA
  • Decide the following points for your final project.
    • Individual or group
    • Public (e.g., YouTube) or private
    • Audience
    • Topic
    • Goal
No class (conference trip)


Guest speaker: Fumiko Uyama and brief presentations about the final project (digital storytelling)
  • 予習 Homework: Read Doerr & Lee (2009). Contesting heritage: language, legitimacy, and schooling at a weekend Japanese-language school in the United States. Language and Education, 23(5), 425-441.
  • 予習 Homework: Read the discussion questions at https://t-nagano.info/2WNFVPH and brainstorm your responses before class

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