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Instructor: Saeko Shibayama

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JPN407E, Fall 2013
JPN461, Fall 2013

Saeko Shibayama: JPN407E, Fall 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 407E - Modern Literature Crn (Section): 74964 (002)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.8 15 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 12 (80%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
2.0 15 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 15 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (87%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 11 (73%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 10 (67%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 15 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 4 (27%) 9 (60%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
reading sentences and translating in class
The in-class discussions. There were times when, reading on my own, I couldn't quite grasp the messages of the pieces we read. However, going over them in class, I was able to catch and really understand some of the nuances that escaped me on my own.
I learned a lot of words and readings by various Japanese writers.
Communicate using Japanese in the class room.
I was able to learn how to analyze stories in Japanese from famous authors like Murakami Haruki. This class even improved my grammar and translation skills.
Sensei understood all of the content and answered all of the students' questions.
I liked more of the modern readings.
Learning how to read Japanese texts and translate into english
Learning the vocab, kanji, and translating passage was very valuable. I believe it was necessary to know them. Also, having different literature to read were very fascinating. It was also interesting in learning the terms of literary terms in Japanese.
The reading were very good, liked all of them
Reading sentences together
I enjoyed the variety of the course readings. Style and content were as interesting as they were diverse. I've found, that by studying Japanese literature in conjunction with Japanese language, my vocabulary has increased, and my understanding of Japanese culture has improved through the narratives of individual authors in addition to textbook learning.
It was great that we got to read works from various authors such as Natsume Soseki, Murakami Haruki, and Tawada Yoko.
Translating the text in a proper way. Finding the main subject, verb etc and forming a professional level translation.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Nothing comes to mind actually.
Sometimes the readings felt random. Still good though.
Reading out loud the text and then translate it. It's just inefficient and class moves too slow.
none.
none
I feel like we had too many reading and not enough time to spend on them.
none. I thought all aspects were valuable
I thought everything was valuable.
Word by word translations took very long to do
The Japanese reading levels of the students were varied, which affected the pacing of each class in terms of consistency. At times, I would have preferred having Professor Shibayama take over the class reading and elaborate more of her own interpretations and thoughts.
I did not like how sometimes took a lot of time for some people to read through the text, even though we were asked to go over it before class. Maybe if there was a quiz or something on the reading material, people would be more likely to prepare for class.
N/A
9. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 10 (67%)
10. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
11. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 12 (80%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 15 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 12 (80%)
13. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.6 15 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 10 (67%)
15. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 15 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 12 (80%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 12 (80%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.67 15 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 11 (73%)
18. Other comments:
I think more written practice for translation is necessary. It's hard for students to translate the text from Japanese to English by just oral communication.
I love the constructive criticism on how to write my kanji better but when it is deducted from my grade even though I wrote it correctly, it is frustrating.
One of the best teachers I have ever had the pleasure of taking a course from. I know this is anonymous and you will read this in January but sorry for coming in late all the time.
It was nice learning and reading literature in this class :) I now have interest in literature in general.
This is one of the most kick-ass teachers ever. Shibayama Sensei is not clueless, unlike many other "teachers." She is ALWAYS organized, on time, available for help, and clear with her communication. She also actually seems genuinely interested in the topic, unlike many other teachers. She also wears cute coordinated outfits and has big glasses that make her look like a cute anime character. Her english (language) is also much better than some of the other Japanese Senseis. She is fucking erudite and awesome. Blew my mind.
I enjoyed this class very much. It was very well structured, with all goals and expectations clearly laid out from the beginning in the course syllabus.
I genuinely learned a lot from translating the texts!!

Saeko Shibayama: JPN461, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 461 - Intro to Classical Japanese Crn (Section): 74660 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
4.0 13 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 9 (69%) 2 (15%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.38 13 0.51 Freq(%) 8 (62%) 5 (38%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 13 1.11 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (38%) 7 (54%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.23 13 1.09 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (46%) 6 (46%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.15 13 1.21 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 3 (23%) 7 (54%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.85 13 1.46 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 2 (15%) 1 (8%) 7 (54%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Quizzes were very helpful because it kept us on top of the course material. In-class reading analysis was also very beneficial because it allowed us to vocalize our thoughts and discuss confusing readings.
Guest speakers.
learning classic Japanese grammar and translating texts into English.
The most valuable aspect of this course was the fact that I was able to learn a subject that was exclusive to Japanese school education. A very unique subject to learn.
I appreciate that Sensei has a deep understanding for the subject matter and her passion is reflected in the class.
I liked the way that we approached the readings. They were very difficult but Shibayama sensei was very patient in handling our going over them.
It was very hands on and interactive.
Allowing for freely open discussion during lectures so that it did not become a class where you just listen and follow, even if it does not make sense.
Being able to parse things was probably the most valuable thing out of this course.
grammar
I found the in-class reading activities to be very educational and enjoyable. Furthermore, the textbook is a great resource for working through the readings on your own.
Learning the grammar of classical Japanese was most helpful because this was my first course on this topic. I now feel that I have the tools necessary to read works of classical Japanese.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
N/A
The difficulty. I feel like there are so many things to learn and apply. I know I don't feel like I studied enough but taking this course lightly in the beginning of this semester really backfired on me. Need focus and continuous effort of studying in order to pass.
I think the fact that this is not applicable to modern Japanese.
NA
there was a lot to cover, but this is probably something that can't be avoided.
The pacing, or maybe the amount of work was a little much. The mid-term could have been shorter, but it was graded quite fairly.
We stayed too much in the book o.o
n/a
In the beginning of the course, I felt a little overwhelmed by the readings because they contained many words and particles that we had not gone over yet in class.
9. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 13 1.15 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 5 (38%) 5 (38%)
10. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.92 13 1.19 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 4 (31%) 5 (38%)
11. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 13 1.15 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 5 (38%) 5 (38%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 13 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 3 (23%) 8 (62%)
13. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 13 1.04 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (23%) 3 (23%) 6 (46%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.31 13 1.18 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (23%) 8 (62%)
15. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 9 (69%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 13 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 8 (62%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.0 13 1.15 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 5 (38%) 5 (38%)
18. Other comments:
JPN 461 is a challenging course, and at first I was very intimidated. However, Shibayama-Sensei was very helpful and clear in her teaching style, which was very helpful. She took everything step-by- step and after the first couple of weeks of this course, I knew I would survive. She is a very kind and sweet teacher, and I'm glad she was our Sensei for this course!
Memorizing examples from the book is not really a way to learn. Students shouldn't have to memorize Japanese they can't understand and then be expected to remember it all for the exams, in which no translations are provided. This made choosing the function of various auxiliary verbs nearly impossible unless you somehow remembered the abundant amount of examples from the book. However, the repetitive natural of hinshi bunkai that we did in class (from various texts) was useful as it helped me learn the Japanese conjugation names and better learn things for myself. I also enjoyed the guest speakers since their talks were intriguing and relevant to what we learn in class.
It was a hard course..........
Overall I appreciate Sensei and her energy and effort. However, I do not think that I learned very much from this class and do not see how it is applicable to Japanese. I would not recommend this class to a friend.
Thank you for a great semester! We learned a lot of very difficult material :)
It's a really useful course, if you put in the time to study. As for teaching methods, to be honest, it wasn't the most engaging, but then again, I guess there isn't really any interesting way to teach classical Japanese. If there's another method to learning classical, maybe one that doesn't involve heavy memorization and parsing, then that would be great. Maybe once Sensei has a couple more years of teaching experience under her belt, the class will go a bit more smoothly. However, there were interesting parts in the course, and I found that after I had finished my translation, I felt really accomplished. Thanks for the semester, Sensei!
Professor Shibayama's course is a great introduction to Classical Japanese. She presents the material in a way that is not only interesting and fun, but also in a way that makes you think for yourself. Overall, a great experience.