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2014/2015  BA-BALJO1002U  Japanese 2

English Title
Japanese 2

Course information

Language Japanese
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Spring
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 a solid understanding of a text of lower-intermediate complexity through:
  • Translation into English
  • Grammatical sentence analysis
  • Formulating his/her own ideas in simple writing, using appropriate sentence connectors and accurate grammar patterns
  • Presenting a written argument coherently
Japanese 2:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam
Individual or group exam Individual
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer Term
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Limited aids, see the list below and the exam plan/guidelines for further information:
  • Additional allowed aids
  • Allowed dictionaries
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
The exam based on a non-syllabus text. Dictionaries (in the form of books and wordtanks) and grammar handbooks are allowed.

The exam consists of the following parts:
1. Translation into English
2. Grammatical analysis of a sentence from the exam text
3. Essay in Japanese of min. 400 characters

Grading is based on an overall assessment of all three parts.

Course content and structure

The focus of teaching is applied language use in order to enable the student to communicate in lower intermediate Japanese about general topics related to culture and society. We continue to work with translation as a tool to ensure reading comprehension, and continue to expand the range of vocabulary and kanji.

The course consists of three interrelated classes: 1) translation, 2) speaking and writing, 3) grammar.

Japanese 2 is a lower-intermediate language course that builds upon the knowledge acquired from Japanese 1, while gradually increasing the level of difficulty.

Teaching methods
Learning methods involve plenary sessions, group work monitored by the instructor, and individual writing and listening exercises. Teaching methods incorporate structures in line with cooperative learning, which are designed to ensure equal participation and simultaneous interaction. Active participation in class discussion and activities is expected of all participants, so students should come to class prepared to take part. We encourage the students to form study groups.

Teaching is based on textbooks as well as audio input corresponding to a lower intermediate level.

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.
Student workload
Teaching 62 hours
Preparation 140 hours
Exam 4 hours
Expected literature
  • “An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese” (2008, Revised Edition), chap. 8-14. Akira Miura and Naomi Hanaoka McGloin, The Japan Times. ISBN 978-4-7890-1307-9
  •  “An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese – Workbook” (2008, Revised Edition), chapt. 8-14. Akira Miura and Naomi Hanaoka McGloin, The Japan Times. ISBN 978-4-7890-4608-6
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.
  • On-line dictionary Japanese-English, English-Japanese: www.jisho.org
Last updated on 19-08-2014