This course introduces the Japanese language to students with no previous experience. Basic greetings, grammar, vocabulary, and sentence structure, along with the hiragana and katakana writing systems, will be covered, with an emphasis on acquiring the ability to carry out simple conversations. Useful expressions for travel will also be covered. Finally, we will also investigate how the language reflects Japanese culture and customs. Textbook: Genki, Ch. 1, 2 & 3
Amy C. Franks earned her PhD in Japanese Language and Literature from Yale University, and her BA in Japanese Studies and English from Wellesley College.