Name: Fernando Oleas
Office: FO 3104
The Japanese Program at Pierce College
Students are placed in Japanese courses according to their years of previous study or according to comparable preparation in or outside the classroom.
In general, one year of high school Japanese is equivalent to one semester of Pierce College work. Thus recent high school graduates with one, two, three, or four years of high school Japanese will enroll in Japanese 2 or 3. Proficient native speakers should enroll in Japanese 4. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with the Japanese instructor or the department chair regarding their placement in a Japanese class.
All Japanese language courses (Japanese 1, 2, 3, and 4) are primarily taught in Japanese.
LANGUAGE: First year sequence (Japanese 1 and 2)
By the end of the first year of Japanese instruction at Pierce, students are expected to master the basic structure of the language and ability to converse on everyday topics as well as read and write at the elementary level.
LANGUAGE: Second year sequence (Japanese 3 and 4)
During the second year, emphasis is put on gradually raising the student’s ability to speak, read, and write.
Japanese 27 (Cultural Awareness Through Advanced Conversation) is an ideal complement to Japanese 4 since it seeks to develop oral proficiency through a review of the language skills that have been acquired in prior courses. This course also includes intercultural comparisons between American and Japanese cultures.
For more information on the Japanese program at Pierce College, contact Prof. Fernando Oleas at firstname.lastname@example.org