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2017/2018  BA-BALJO1004U  Japanese 4

English Title
Japanese 4

Course information

Language Japanese
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
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
  • Communication
  • 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: Through the exam the student should demonstrate that s/he:
  • Can give a rehearsed presentation on a specific topic concerning culture, society and/or economy using appropriate vocabulary.
  • Can make an oral presentation in which her/his viewpoint is clearly stated and put into a broader context
  • Can debate and sustain a dialogue on topics from syllabus
  • Can communicate without major grammatical, lexical, idiomatic or pronunciation errors.
  • Can auto-correct errors while speaking.
Prerequisites for registering for the exam
Number of mandatory activities: 2
Requirements about active class participation (assessed approved/not approved)
2 in-class oral presentations per student either individually or in groups.

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 800 characters for 2 mandatory assignments missed)
Japanese 4:
Exam ECTS 7,5
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 exam
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
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
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer and Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

2-3 weeks before the exam, the students must submit the synopsis as a PPT-presentation (max. 10 slides) that serves as a basis for the oral exam, which consists of the following 2 parts: 

  1. An oral presentation of the PPT (5-7 minutes)
  2. A discussion in Japanese with the examiner. The discussion will be based on the PPT-presentation and then evolve into a general discussion about other topics from syllabus.
Course content and structure

The focus of teaching is to enable the students to communicate in intermediate Japanese. The texts will deal with socioeconomic topics. The course will strengthen vocabulary, textual comprehension as well as spoken competence. Through the class activities, the students will practice their oral presentational skills on topics related to syllabus.


Teaching methods
Teaching is student-centered with an emphasis on pair 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 contribution to class activities are expected of all participants.
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 139 hours
Examination 20 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