This course is for students with no previous knowledge of Japanese. Students will develop basic communicative skills in listening comprehension and speaking, as well as skills in reading and writing (katakana, hiragana, and basic kanji) in Japanese. While class time and weekly conference meetings will be devoted primarily to language practice, an understanding of Japanese grammar will also be emphasized as an important basis for continued language learning. Class work will be supplemented with weekly group conferences with the instructor. Students will also meet once a week in small groups with a language assistant for tutorials, a mandatory component of the course.