Ciara Marshall '16

The Course "Japanese Through Film"

I took the class JPN 204 last semester. This class taught Japanese language and culture by watching several Japanese movies, both real and animated: “Shall We Dance??,” “I Wish,” “Train Man,” “Spirited Away,” and “Ponyo.” Our professor gave us packets that went along with the movies. We watched the movie for about 30 minutes, while the second half, we would talk about the questions in the packer and write down the answers.

This class helped improve my Japanese in many ways. It helped me to start learning to recognize Japanese words by listening to the actors and my sensei and peers when we discussed the questions and answers in Japanese. It increased my knowledge of Japanese culture by researching about the movie beforehand and while watching the ways in which different ideas were portrayed in the movies. It furthered my Japanese writing skills and vocabulary by answering the questions in Japanese in the packet and by having a vocabulary section in the packets that we were quizzed on at the beginning of each class. Overall, my listening, writing, and reading of the Japanese language, as well as my knowledge of Japanese culture and vocabulary, increased by taking this well rounded class. I highly encourage all students pursuing a Japanese Major at Mount Union to take this class.

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