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2013/2014  BA-4LAN_J  Japanese 4

English Title
Japanese 4

Course information

Language Japanese
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Spring
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 15-08-2013
Learning objectives
The learning objectives of this course are to continuously develop competences in Japanese speaking, listening and reading comprehension. The students should be able to 1) give a rehearsed presentation on a specialized topics concerning culture, society and economy, 2) put them into a broader context 3) debate and sustain a dialogue on familiar topics from syllabus.
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Individual
Assignment type Synopsis
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
30 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Preparation time No preparation
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer Term
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure
The end-of-year summer exam is a 30 minutes oral exam without any preparation time. It consists of two parts:
1) A power point presentation in Japanese on:
 a topic chosen from syllabus.
 two or more texts from syllabus
2) Discussion in Japanese taking the presentation as a starting point. It should ideally include other texts/topics from syllabus.
Grading is based on an overall assessment.
Course content and structure

The focus of teaching is to enable the students to communicate in intermediate Japanese on socioeconomic topics. The overall aim of the course is to build on the students’ vocabulary range about more specialized topics related to culture, society, and economy and train the reading of authentic texts.
Oral competence aims at giving the student …
“… a sufficient vocabulary to express himself/herself with some circumlocutions on most topics pertinent to his everyday life such as family, hobbies and interests, work, travel, and current events.”(This roughly corresponds to B1 in the Common European Framework)

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 and English. Active involvement in class discussion and activities is expected of all participants, so students should come to class prepared to contribute. Teaching is based on textbooks, newspaper articles and film clips to encourage students to understand and interpret different forms of spoken and written language on topics related to Japanese culture, society and economy.
Expected literature
Course literature:
“Living Japanese – conversations with native speakers” (chapt. 1-5 + 7), Karen Colligan-Taylor, Yale University Press, 2007.
+ news paper articles that will be made available on CBS Learn.
Last updated on 15-08-2013