Course Program

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Beginners, children: 9 months, total 144 hours

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Topics

Objectives

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1

Hiragana and Katakana syllables

The study of the Japanese system of writing

30

2

Everyday expressions

Children learn to greet, thank etc.

16

3

Conversation

Children learn to make simple conversations

18

4

Syntax

Children learn to make up simple sentences respecting the syntactic rules of the Japanese language

16

5

Verb

Orally children learn to use verbs in the basic present tenses

14

6

Adjective

Orally children learn the use of the adjectives

12

7

Numeral

Orally children are taught the Japanese system of numbering

9

8

Adverb

Orally independent adverbs and adverbs derived from adjectives adverbs are taught

9

9

Particles

The notion of particle is introduced and the main particles are taught

14

10

Pronunciation and stress

The Japanese sounds are exercised focusing  on those different from the Romanian language

6

 

Intermediates, children: 9 months, total 144 hours

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Topic

Objectives

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1

Verb

The knowledge gained orally is practiced in written form; children learn other verb tenses

20

2

Adjective

The knowledge gained orally is practiced in written form; children learn other forms of the adjective

18

3

Adverb

The knowledge gained orally is practiced in written form

8

4

Numeral

The knowledge gained orally is practiced in written form; children study deeper the Japanese system of numbering

10

5

Particles

The knowledge gained orally is practiced in written form; children learn other Japanese  particles

18

6

Syntaxes

Children improve the syntax of the Japanese language and learn to make up sentences following its rules

20

7

Reading

Children learn to read in Japanese using hiragana, katakana and kanji syllables

28

8

Kanji

Introduction to the study of Japanese characters

8

9

Conversation

Children learn to converse

14

 

Advanced, children: 9 months, 144 hours

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Topic

Objectives

Nr. of hours

1

Verbs of giving and receiving

Children learn the verbs of giving and receiving

10

2

The syntax of the simple and compound sentence

The syntax of the sentence is studied deeper and elements of the syntax of compound sentences are introduced

16

3

The syntax of the compound sentence

Different constructions are studied: temporal, conditional, passive, causative

22

4

Aspect and modality

The notions of aspect and modality are studied; the relation aspect – time is studied

18

5

Polite language

Basic elements of polite language are introduced (honorary, etc.)

15

6

Composition and conversation

Children learn to express themselves, orally and in written form, in Japanese

15

7

Kanji

Children begin the organised study of Japanese characters; 150-200 kanji are learned

30

8

Conversation

Children learn to express themselves freely in Japanese

8

 

Civilisation, children: 9 months, total 72 hours

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Topic

Objectives

Nr. of hours

1

Geography of Japan

Children learn about location, relief, climate, flora, fauna, and administrative division of Japan

8

2

History of Japan

Children learn about historic periods of Japan and the most important events in its history

10

3

Art

Children study elements of Japanese architecture, painting, sculpturing and ceramics are studied

12

4

Holidays

Children learn about the Japanese main  holidays, traditions and customs 

8

5

Japanese fairy tales

Children read Japanese fairy tales and learn about Japanese legendary heroes

8

6

Games

Children learn to play Japanese games

6

7

Traditional arts

Children receive information about chanoyu, ikebana, shodo

10

8

Japan today

Information about modern Japanese: family, jobs…

10

 

Beginners, adults: 9 months, total 144 hours

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Topic

Objectives

Nr. of hours

1

Hiragana and katakana syllables

Basic elements of Japanese writing are learned

12

2

Pronunciation and stress

Japanese language sounds are exercised focusing on those that are different from Romanian language

4

3

Verb

The verbs are grouped and their consequent conjugation is studied

14

4

Adjective

It is stressed out that in Japanese the adjective is a category related to the verb and its use is studied

10

5

Numeral

The notion of classificatory is introduced and the Japanese system of numbering is studied

6

6

Adverb

Independent adverbs and adverbs derived from adjectives are studied

6

7

Particles

The notion of particle typical for Japanese as an agglutinant language is introduced and main particles are studied

16

8

Auxiliary verbs

The conjugation of auxiliary verbs is studied

16

9

The syntax of the simple and compound sentence

Elements of the syntax of the simple and compound sentence are studied

18

10

Kanji

250 characters are studied with their correct spelling

18

11

Conversation

Students will learn everyday expressions and will be able to make up simple conversations by the end of the module

12

12

Text understanding

Students learn to read easy texts in Japanese language

12

 

Intermediate, adults: 9 months, 144 hours

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Topic

Objectives

Nr. of hours

1

Aspect

Aspect in Japanese language and the relation between aspect and time are studied

14

2

Syntactical functions

Syntactical functions specific to Japanese language like intermediary objects, etc. are studied

12

3

The syntax of the compound sentence

Different constructions are studied: temporal, conditional, passive, causative passive, etc.

20

4

Modality

Methods of expressing modality in Japanese language are studied

10

5

Verbs of giving and receiving

Verbs of giving-receiving and their use are studied

12

6

Keigo

Introduction to keigo, polite language (honorary and humble forms) is made

14

7

Grammatical structures

Different grammatical structures are studied

10

8

Kanji

350 characters are learned

18

9

Conversations and understanding of the spoken language

Students exercise theoretical knowledge by conversations; spoken language is studied with the help of audio-visual aids

12

10

Text understanding

Students understand adapted written texts, fairy tales, etc.

12

11

Composition

Students learn to write simple texts about nature, themselves, etc.

 

10

 

Advanced, adults: 9 months, total 144 hours

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Topic

Objectives

Nr. of hours

1

Understanding of  written literary texts

Students are expected to acquire the ability to read literary Japanese texts

20

2

Understanding of newspaper articles

Students learn to read and to understand articles from Japanese newspapers

15

3

Language levels

Deeper study of the differences between language levels

18

4

Spoken language

Students are expected to be able to understand Japanese spoken language from audio and video tapes

27

5

Composition

Students learn to express themselves in written in Japanese language

14

6

Conversation

Students learn to express themselves orally in Japanese language

22

7

Kanji

700-1000 characters are learned

28

 

Civilisation, adults: 9 months, total 72 hours

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Topic

Objectives

Nr. of hours

1

Geography of Japan

Students learn about location, relief, climate, flora, fauna and administrative division of Japan

6

2

History of Japan

Students learn about historic periods of Japan and the most important events in its history

8

3

Religion

Elementary notions about main religions practiced in Japan are acquired

8

4

Japanese holidays

Students learn about main Japanese religious and laic holidays

4

5

Art

Elements of Japanese architecture, painting, sculpturing and ceramics are studied

14

6

Traditional Japanese arts

Students receive information about chanoyu, ikebana, shodo

10

7

Japan today

Students receive information about everyday life of contemporary Japanese

8

8

Japanese society

Students study the Japanese economy, politics, concepts characteristic of traditional Japanese society

14