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2017/2018  BA-BALJO1003U  Japanese 3

English Title
Japanese 3

Course information

Language Japanese
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc International Business in Asia
Course coordinator
  • Kristina Kazuhara - EGB
Kristina Kazuhara
Main academic disciplines
  • Intercultural studies
  • Language
Last updated on 30-06-2017

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: Or message may be clear and expressed fluently, but language use is somewhat simplistic.
  • Can produce simple and connected text on topics related to syllabus
  • Can discuss a familiar topic in Japanese using appropriate vocabulary.
  • Can express her/his opinions in a clear manner. However, the message may require more than a little noticeable effort for the student to compose, or delivery may be too slow.
  • Can pronounce in a clear and intelligible manner with only occasional mispronunciations.
  • Can interact with other participants in the group with pragmatic competences (flexibility, turn-taking, thematic development and fluency) as well as socio-linguistic appropriateness in communication. Good listening comprehension. Minimally adequate lexico-syntactic resources are necessary.
Prerequisites for registering for the exam
Number of mandatory activities: 5
Compulsory assignments (assessed approved/not approved)
The student must deliver a number of products (either in written form or orally) in accordance with the semester project description handed out in the beginning of the semester. Each of the products is considered part of the mandatory assignment, but must be timely submitted at different stages and approved individually in order to be eligible for the final take-home exam.

All 5 products (i.e. mandatory assignments) must be declared "approved" by the instructor.

In case the student does not fulfill the requirement of having submitted the required mandatory assignments during the course, s/he must deliver and have approved an essay before the exam or else the student is not eligible to attend the exam. The topic of the essay will be set by the instructor. The length of the essay depends on the number of mandatory assignments missed during the course:
max 400 characters per mandatory assignments missed
(Max 2000 characters for 5 mandatory assignments missed)
Japanese 3:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Group exam
Please note the rules in the Programme Regulations about identification of individual contributions.
Number of people in the group 2-4
Size of written product Max. 5 pages
Assignment type Report
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Autumn
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
The re-take/make-up exam:
*if a whole group fails they must hand in a revised recording/report for the re-take. The group will get feedback on the recording/report from the examiner.

*if an individual student in a group fails the oral exam or is absent from the oral exam due to documented illness she/he must submit an essay of max. 2 A4 sheets (double line spaced, size 12, fond Mincho) in Japanese about a topic defined by the instructor.

In the paper the student must demonstrate that (s)he:

1) Can structure and express her/his opinions in a clear manner.
2) Can produce connected text on topics related to syllabus
3) Can present and discuss a familiar topic in Japanese using appropriate vocabulary for the genre
Description of the exam procedure

An example of the exam description could be:


“You are to submit a 5-page portfolio consisting of the 5 different mandatory assignments from the semester project + a reflective report in Japanese on your learning process in relation to the five learning objectives of the course."


Another example could be the more creative use of the written exam category, for instance:


“You are to submit a small video recording where the oral component is incorporated. The home assignment consists of a video recording displaying an oral interaction in Japanese.”


Examples of oral interaction could be:

  • a dialogue
  • a debate
  • an interview
  • voice-over
Course content and structure

The focus of teaching is communicative language compentency through innovative learning. The aim of the classes is to enable the student to express him-/herself in a consistently intelligible and coherent way.


Topicwise there will be a focus on Japanese culture, society and economy. The aim of this course is two-fold:

1) written production

2) oral interaction.



Teaching methods
Teaching is student-centered with an emphasis on group work guided by cooperative learning principles that aim at engaging each student to a maximum extent. The languages of instruction are Japanese and English. Active involvement in group discussion and activities is expected of all participants, so students should come to class prepared to contribute.

We encourage students to be active outside of the classroom in looking for a variety of opportunities to prepare for classes and practice their language skills.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback is further offered in response to your questions and work whenever feasible although please appreciate that there are often time constraints. Please feel free to take full advantage of the ‘office hours’ offered by full-time staff members, although these can never be a substitute for participation in lectures and classes. We also encourage you to ask questions or make comments in class and form self-study groups to secure peer feedback on your work.
Student workload
Teaching 48 hours
Preparation 128 hours
Examination 30 hours
Expected literature

Required literature

  • Authentic Japanese: Progressing from Intermediate to Advanced [New Edition], Osamu Kamada, Fusako Beuckmann, Yoshiko Tomiyama, Machiko Yamamoto, The Japan Times, 2012.
  • Authentic Japanese: Progressing from Intermediate to Advanced [New Edition] Workbook, Osamu Kamada, Fusako Beuckmann, Yoshiko Tomiyama, Machiko Yamamoto, The Japan Times, 2013.


Please note: these reading materials are only tentative and changes may occur. Final literature lists will be uploaded on LEARN before the course begins. 

Last updated on 30-06-2017