This course is designed for students who have completed Japanese I or its equivalent. Students will continue to develop their skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing while expanding their vocabulary and knowledge of grammar. At the end of the course, students should be able to handle simple communicative tasks and situations effectively, understand simple daily conversations, write short essays, read simple essays, and discuss their content. 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.