The ultimate goal of this course is that students acquire communicative skills in Japanese. The course has a particular emphasis on speaking and listening skills, but reading and writing will also be an essential part of the course. Students will be participating in various types of activities that incorporate the foundational language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The language activities contain many pair/group activities. Since this course is designed for beginners, it will build up students' language skills step by step.