This course is an introduction to the spoken and written Japanese language and focuses on developing the student's ability to speak, to write, and to read Japanese. Additional emphasis is given to learning about Japanese culture. Instruction centers on oral communication, written communication, reading for comprehension, and cultural awareness. Writing and speaking are emphasized in assignments related to readings, class discussions, and lectures. This course also provides students with the ability to communicate in Japanese in their pursuit of travel, business, academic endeavors, and personal pleasure.