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(Fall 2020 Online Class — Registration begins Friday, August 21, 2020)

(Fall 2020 Online Class -- Registration begins Friday, August 21, 2020)

Instructor: Kumiko Sakamoto ksakamotomac@gmail.com, ksakamoto@pausd.org
Duration: 10 wks
Date range: September 9 to November 18
(No class: November 11.)
Date(s) of the week: Wednesday
Hour: 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Quarter: Fall 2020
Prerequisite: Japanese 1
Textbook: No textbook required.
Address: ONLINE CLASS (via ZOOM)
Price: $80

During the current Covid-19 quarantine, our classes are being held online via Zoom.

Registration begins Friday, August 21, 2020.

You will learn to communicate with the instructor and classmates, while encouraging each other to speak in Japanese during class. You will acquire Japanese language skills through immersion and reinforce what you have learned by completing our weekly homework assignments.

こんにちは (Konnichiwa). My name is Kumiko Sakamoto, and I want to welcome you to my Japanese conversation class!

I’m a native Japanese speaker, and I have been teaching Japanese to adults and adolescents for 25 years.
よろしくお願いします (Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu)

This class will be a melting pot for ideas and cultures. You will learn about Japanese culture (traditions, foods, manga, history, formalities, etc.), and I will also encourage my students to share about their own cultures. There will also be opportunities to share personal experiences and express your opinions! This course focuses on developing real-world conversational skills used in everyday discussions. Topics will range from self-introductions, family, hobbies, the news, etc. Class instruction will give you the opportunity to improve listening comprehension, participate in class discussions, understand conversational strategies, give group presentations, ask and answer questions, interact effectively with a native speaker, and improve through self-evaluation of speech skills. This class is designed to challenge the students at an appropriate grammatical level.

The instruction will be very interactive, and will use visual aids, movie stills (including Miyazaki), interactive websites (NHK, menus from Japanese Restaurants, etc.), and video clips (from Japanese News to anime) to supplement class conversations.

Please contact me with any concerns and/or questions about this course. I am more than happy to help you on your journey to learning Japanese!

No textbook required.