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2013/2014  BA-1LAN_J  Japanese 1

English Title
Japanese 1

Course information

Language Japanese
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
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)
Kristina Kazuhara
Main academic disciplines
  • Language and Intercultural Studies
Last updated on 14-08-2013
Learning objectives
The learning objectives of this course are to enable the student to analyze and apply grammar patterns corresponding to a lower-intermediate level. The classes offer the student opportunities to practice speaking, reading and writing. We continuously expand the range of vocabulary and kanji.
Examination form Oral Exam
Individual or group exam Individual
Duration 30 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Winter Term
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure
The end-of-course winter exam is an individual, oral exam without any study aids or preparation time. Curriculum corresponds to the entire textbook material from fall semester.
Exam consists of four parts:
1. Reading aloud a text excerpt from syllabus
2. Syntactical analysis of a sentence from text excerpt (in English)
3. Talking about the text excerpt in Japanese
4. Engaging in a dialogue with teacher about topics related to syllabus
Grading is based on an overall assessment.
Course content and structure

The focus of teaching is applied language use in order to enable the student to communicate in elementary to lower intermediate Japanese about general topics related to culture and society. The course consists of three interrelated classes: 1) reading and translation of texts, 2) written exercises, and 3) conversation classes. We expand the range of vocabulary and kanji even further.

Teaching methods
Teaching methods are a mix of lectures and group work guided by cooperative learning principles that engage each student to a maximum extent. The languages of instruction are: Japanese to continuously stimulate and develop the student’s spoken fluency and listening comprehension, and English to talk about grammar and to translate texts. Active involvement in class discussion and activities is expected of all participants, so students should come to class prepared to contribute. We encourage the students to form study groups. Teaching is based on textbooks as well as audio input corresponding to a lower intermediate level.
Expected literature
Course material
1.       “An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese” (2008, Revised Edition), Akira Miura and Naomi Hanaoka McGloin, The Japan Times.
2.       “An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese – Workbook” (2008, Revised Edition), Akira Miura and Naomi Hanaoka McGloin, The Japan Times.
Reference books
DBJG(Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar), Seiichi Makino and Michio Tsutsui, The Japan Times.
DIJG (Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar),Seiichi Makino and Michio Tsutsui, The Japan Times.
Last updated on 14-08-2013