Unit: East Asian Languages & Literatures
Program: Japanese (BA)
Degree: Bachelor's
Date: Thu Nov 11, 2010 - 11:10:01 am

1) Below are the program student learning outcomes submitted last year. Please add/delete/modify as needed.

[SLO1: ORAL]  Engage in oral communication in Japanese in various social contexts, in linguistically and culturally appropriate ways.
[SLO2: READING]  Read and comprehend texts written in Japanese from a variety of genres and contexts (e.g., newspapers, essay collections, novels).
[SLO3: WRITING]  Apply critical thinking and rhetorical skills to produce coherent written works and presentations in both English and Japanese.
[SLO4: RESEARCH]  Use a variety of Japanese reference works and sources, including dictionaries and encyclopedias both in book form and on the internet.
[SLO5: RESEARCH]  Conduct independent research on topics in Japanese literature and/or linguistics, and effectively communicate the results.
[SLO6: LINGUISTICS] Demonstrate an understanding of phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics through analysis of words, phrases, and clauses from authentic Japanese samples.
[SLO7: LITERATURE] Identify and describe major authors, works, features, forms, and styles of Japanese literature, both premodern and modern.
[SLO8: LITERATURE]  Analyze and interpret works of Japanese poetry, prose, and drama, read both in translation and in the original Japanese, using terms appropriate to each genre.
 [SLO9: LITERATURE] Situate and evaluate Japanese literature in its social, historical, intellectual, and religious contexts.

2) As of last year, your program's SLOs were published as follows. Please update as needed.

Department Website URL: http://www.hawaii.edu/eall/jpn/undergrad.html
Student Handbook. URL, if available online:
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online:
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online:

3) Below is the link to your program's curriculum map (if submitted in 2009). If it has changed or if we do not have your program's curriculum map, please upload it as a PDF.

Curriculum Map File(s) from 2010:

4) The percentage of courses in 2009 that had course SLOs explicitly stated on the syllabus, a website, or other publicly available document is indicated below. Please update as needed.


5) State the assessment question(s) and/or goals of the assessment activity. Include the SLOs that were targeted, if applicable.

Q1:  To what degree, do students graduating from the Japanese BA program think they can perform the SLOs?  (Indirect assessment involving all SLOs)

Q2: What are the strengths of the program and how can we help the students to better achieve the SLOs?

Q3: At what level, do senior students majoring in the Japanese BA program speak Japanese?  (Direct assessment of speaking skills –SLO1)

All SLOs were targeted.

6) State the type(s) of evidence gathered.


1. Student self-ratings and opinions
 (Collected as part of the College of LLL Online Student Exit Survey)
2. Reading ability and motivation data
We are currently analyzing reading ability and learning motivation data collected from 220 first and second year students of Japanese during 2006-2009. They data are being analyzed longitudinally and cross-sectionally. Upon the completion of the analyses, they will be reported to faculty in the Japanese section.

7) Who interpreted or analyzed the evidence that was collected?

Course instructor(s)
Faculty committee
Ad hoc faculty group
Department chairperson
Persons or organization outside the university
Faculty advisor
Advisors (in student support services)
Students (graduate or undergraduate)

8) How did they evaluate, analyze, or interpret the evidence?

Used a rubric or scoring guide
Scored exams/tests/quizzes
Used professional judgment (no rubric or scoring guide used)
Compiled survey results
Used qualitative methods on interview, focus group, open-ended response data
External organization/person analyzed data (e.g., external organization administered and scored the nursing licensing exam)

9) State how many persons submitted evidence that was evaluated.
If applicable, please include the sampling technique used.

Exit survey data (AY 2009-10) 
28 Japanese B.A. participated in the survey (a 49% return rate).
Also see #6.

10) Summarize the actual results.

Japanese BA exit survey results are available from the department upon request. 

11) How did your program use the results? --or-- Explain planned use of results.
Please be specific.

-Based on the 2009-10 assessment data, the Japanese Curriculum Committee have discussed what modifications to be made to the program. We made the following recommendations:                  
1) Japanese majors should receive priority during registration for all courses required for the degree.
2) It is important to promote research activities in our upper-level courses where substantial use of the target language is required (See SLOs 4&5). It’s one of the institutional goals to promote undergraduate research. We will be discussing the possibility of developing a capstone procedure where student senior work is produced in a designated capstone course and evaluated by the instructor and his/her advisor.

3)  An effort will be made to standardize teaching methods for JPN 407, particularly in relation to the appropriate use of English vs. Japanese.

4) It is strongly recommended the the language teaching practicum (JPN 620) for graduate students be offered every year, without fail, to ensure that Graduate Assistants are properly prepared to teach JPN 101.

12) Beyond the results, were there additional conclusions or discoveries? This can include insights about assessment procedures, teaching and learning, program aspects and so on.

How can we increase the response rate?
Perhaps we can make it a requirement for graduating seniors to complete the survey.

13) Other important information:

In 2007-08 AY, the curriculum committees of all three sections of EALL examined GPA data, which were collected from our undergraduate majors (N=114).