A two-semester course sequence (82-171, 82-172) for students with no background in Japanese. The course emphasizes the development of communicative language proficiency: oral practice, aural comprehension, reading, writing, and the study of cultural aspects in Japanese society. Furthermore, the elementary-level language course is designed to help students learn to reflect upon and draw upon strategies used by good language learners in their second language study. Four hours in-class instruction per week, plus mandatory homework. Prerequisite: None.