Hi! I'm a non-native speaker who wants to learn Japanese; specifically, I want to start taking classes on the language ASAP. However, I saw that only Japanese 1B was offered during Spring of 2013 (as with all languages in the East Asian languages department).
Is it possible to self-study the material for Japanese 1A, and try to get into 1B that way? Should I email the instructor for 1A to see if he/she would let me study some of the course materials? How likely is it that they will let me in 1B?
My last resort is to take Japanese 1 in the summer or 1A next fall.