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2014/2015  BA-BAPJO1004U  Japanese Intro 1

English Title
Japanese Intro 1

Course information

Language Japanese
Course ECTS 30 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 17-08-2014
Learning objectives
After having completed Japanese Intro 1, the student should be able to:
  • Translate texts of the same level as the 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 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.
This course has two individual exams:
Mid-term exam:
Exam ECTS7,5
Examination formWritten sit-in exam
Individual or group examIndividual
Assignment typeWritten assignment
Duration2 hours
Grading scalePass / Fail
Examiner(s)One internal examiner
Exam periodAutumn 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
The written test consists of a number of tasks resembling the ones from text- and workbooks, i.e. word conjugation, kanji recognition and production, applied grammar, translation, composition writing etc. The test entails knowledge of vocabulary and grammar learned so far.
End-of-course exam:
Exam ECTS22,5
Examination formOral Exam
Individual or group examIndividual
Duration20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Preparation timeNo preparation
Grading scale7-step scale
Examiner(s)Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam periodWinter Term
Aids allowed to bring to the examClosed Book
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure
The end-of-course winter exam curriculum corresponds to the entire Genki 1 (rev. edidtion) textbook material from Fall semester.

The exam consists of 4 parts:
  1. Dictation using the characters studied during the semester
  2. Reading aloud and translating a text excerpt from the syllabus
  3. Questions on grammar
  4. Talking about a picture and conversing in Japanese.
The grade is based on an overall assessment of all 4 disciplines.
Course content and structure
This course is part of the propaedeutic year at ASP.

The intro course is an intensive course that provides students with knowledge of the basic elements with regard 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, listening, writing, and reading. It 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 workbooks. Each textbook includes an audio cd enabling the student to practice listening exercises pertaining to each chapter at his/her own pace.
Teaching methods
Teaching methods combine lectures with 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.
Student workload
Teaching 180 hours
Preparation 640 hours
Examination 3 hours
Further Information
This course is part of the propaedeutic year at ASP. Both Japanese Intro 1 & Japanese Intro 2 must be passed before admission to Year 1 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 17-08-2014