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2013/2014  BA-1001Y0J  Japanese Intro 1

English Title
Japanese Intro 1

Course information

Language Japanese
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for Asian Study Programme
Course coordinator
  • Kristina Kazuhara - Department of International Economics and Management (INT)
Both Japanese Intro 1 & Japanese Intro 2 must be passed in order to continue to ASP 1st semester.
Main academic disciplines
  • Language and Intercultural Studies
Last updated on 15-08-2013
Learning objectives
After having completed the full year course the student should be able to:
  • Translate texts of the same level as curriculum from Japanese into English
  • Correctly read, write, and understand the characters from curriculum
  • Construct simple phrases about people and places applying the correct grammar and actively use vocabulary from curriculumvocabulary from curriculum
  • • Engage in basic dialogue coping with straightforward questions related to very familiar topics
  • • Pronounce without major errors (in regard to contracted sounds; double consonants; voiced consonants i.e. “s” vs. “z”; “t” vs. “d”; “k” vs. “g”)
Course prerequisites
This course is part of the propaedeutic year at ASP
The exam in the subject consists of two parts:
Mid-term exam:
Examination formWritten sit-in exam
Individual or group examIndividual
Assignment typeWritten assignment
Duration2 hours
Grading scalePass / Fail
Examiner(s)One internal examiner
Exam periodWinter Term
Aids allowed to bring to the examClosed Book: no aids
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.
Description of the exam procedure
Japanese Intro 1 Mid-term fall exam:
Mid-term fall exam consists of an individual 2-hours written test without any study aids graded by instructor as pass/fail. Curriculum corresponds to the chapters 1-6 in Genki 1 (rev. edition).
Japanese Intro 1 End-of-course winter exam:
Examination formOral Exam
Individual or group examIndividual
Duration20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale7-step scale
Examiner(s)Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam periodWinter Term
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
It is only possible to take the exam in the Winter semester.
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure
Japanese Intro 1 End-of-course winter exam is an individual, oral exam without any study aids or preparation time. Curriculum corresponds to the entire Genki 1 (rev. edidtion) textbook material from fall semester. Duration is max. 20 minutes including deliberation according to the 7-point scale by examiner and internal co-examiner.
Course content and structure
This course is part of the propaedeutic year at ASP

An intensive course that provides students with knowledge of the basic elements with regards to syntax, grammar, and colloquial speech. The course will help the student to build a basic vocabulary and communicate in basic everyday Japanese.
The course offers classes in various linguistic disciplines such as grammar, speaking, writing, reading, and will give the student the best prerequisite to start on Year 1 at ASP.Teaching is based on the pedagogical textbook system “Genki 1” and “Genki 2” with text- and workbook. Each textbook includes an audio cd and the student is expected to practice listening exercises pertaining to each chapter at his/her own pace at home. An intensive pronunciation class is offered for a limited period of time in the middle of the semester. These classes take place in themultimedia lab, where each student is able to their pronunciation interactively with a native instructor.
Teaching methods
Teaching methods combine lectures and group work guided by cooperative learning principles that engage each student to a maximum extend.
The introductory course is a demanding full-time study. Active class participation and submission of a number of home assignments are expected. We encourage the students to form smaller study groups.
Further Information
This course is part of the propaedeutic year at ASP
Expected literature
  • Genki: An integrated Course in Elementary Japanese I. The Japan Times.
  • Genki: An integrated Course in Elementary Japanese I. Workbook. The Japan Times.

Useful handbooks and dictionaries:

  • Kanji and Kana. A Handbook of the Japanese Writing System(2002) Revised Edition. Wolfgang Hadamitzky and Mark Spahn. Boston, Tokyo: Tuttle Publishing.
  • Nelson – The Modern Reader’s Japanese English Character Dictionary, Andrew Nelson, Tuttle Publishing.
  • Dictionary of Basic Japanese. The Japan Times
  • Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese. The Japan Times.
Last updated on 15-08-2013