East Asian Language-Japanese
What Should EALL Japanese Majors Know?
By the time of their graduation all EALL majors should understand how literary scholars conduct research and how they then communicate the results of their work to colleagues. One way of describing this process is “information literacy” – i.e. the ability to conceptualize what literary information is needed combined with the skills necessary to locate, evaluate, and effectively and ethically use this information.
Students who have taken writing intensive classes should already have learned the following:
Japanese language instructors will collaborate with the Five College Library East Asian Specialist to prepare for the teaching of the following skills.
Initially Japanese language students should be able to:
More advanced Japanese language students should be able to:
Junior Year Abroad
Prior to their departure for Junior Year Abroad students should attend a workshop conducted by the Five College Library East Asian Specialist and interested faculty in which they will learn about conducting research in Japanese libraries. Students who have completed the workshop should be able to:
Japanese Literature and Culture
Librarians and faculty will collaborate to provide instruction for students as appropriate in 200 and 300 level classes. However all majors are expected to attend a workshop to be conducted by the Five College Library East Asian Specialist and a Neilson Library reference librarian. This workshop will be held annually in the fall for senior majors returning from Junior Year Abroad and for junior majors who are not participating in JYA.
As early as possible Japanese majors should be able to:
More advanced Japanese majors should be able to:
In What Ways Will Student Skills be Assessed?
Students completing work on a paper at the 200 level should demonstrate knowledge and use of some resources listed above, especially the ability to locate books in the Five College Catalog. Students should be able to cite materials using correct bibliographic format as specified in class. Japanese language students at the 200 level should be able to look up kanji in dictionaries by radicals and stroke count, and deconstruct a sentence so that they can look up the terms in a Japanese-English dictionary.
At the 300 level students should routinely cite both primary and secondary sources demonstrating their ability to use the resources listed above. Japanese language students at the 300 level should be able to locate Japanese texts to use for assignments, accurately cite the source of the information, and use dictionaries easily to help them understand the purpose and content of the texts.
Ethical Use of Information
An 'ethical use of information' means to make a clear distinction between received knowledge and the production of new knowledge. The incorporation of the work of others must comply with such distinction. Therefore, every written and/or oral work in the discipline must clearly state its source, if it has any.
November 14, 2008