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2014/2015  BA-BALJO1001U  Japanese 1

English Title
Japanese 1

Course information

Language Japanese
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for Asian Study Programme
Course coordinator
  • Kristina Kazuhara - Department of International Economics and Management (INT)
Main academic disciplines
  • Language and Intercultural Studies
Last updated on 19-08-2014
Learning objectives
At the exam the student should demonstrate:
  • Fluency in reading a known text involving correct character pronunciation, recognition and suitable pausing
  • An understanding of the text through translation into English
  • Ability to grammatically analyze a sentence
  • A skill to engage in dialogue i.e. comprehend questions and respond in an intelligible, well-pronounced and appropriate way
  • Ability to understand and apply a variety of grammar patterns learned so far
Course prerequisites
Students must have passed Japanese Intro 1 and Japanese Intro 2 or the equivalent to enrol in this course.
Japanese 1:
Exam ECTS 7,5
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
Preparation time No preparation
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Winter Term and December/January
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

The exam is based on the teaching material from the Fall semester.

The exam consists of five parts:

  1. Reading aloud a text excerpt from syllabus
  2. Translation into English
  3. Syntactical analysis of a Japanese sentence (in English)
  4. Talking about the text excerpt in Japanese
  5. Engaging in a dialogue about topics related to syllabus
Grading is based on an overall assessment of all five disciplines.
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 will provide a general introduction to appropriate language and formality level governing social interaction. We expand the range of vocabulary and kanji according to syllabus. Teaching is based on textbooks as well as audio input, and the student will practice through speaking, reading, translation and writing exercises.

Teaching methods
Teaching is student-centered with an emphasis on group work, which will be guided by cooperative learning principles that aim at engaging each student to a maximum extent. The languages of instruction are a combination of Japanese to continuously stimulate and develop the student’s spoken fluency and listening comprehension, and English when discussing grammar and translating texts. Active involvement in group discussions and activities is expected of all participants.
Student workload
Teaching 72 hours
Preparation 133 hours
Exam 1 hours
Expected literature
  • “An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese” (2008, Revised Edition), Akira Miura and Naomi Hanaoka McGloin, The Japan Times.
  • “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 19-08-2014