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JAPA131 Introductory Japanese 1

An introductory course in reading, writing, speaking and listening to Japanese for students with no previous knowledge of the language. The paper takes an integrated approach to the skills of language acquisition and includes basic material on the cultural heritage of the Japanese people.

Now is the time for you to learn Japanese language and culture! The 2020 Tokyo Olympics is predicted to expand job opportunities for Japanese learners and Japan experts. In this course, you will learn how to develop four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing) through lots of engaging communicative activities in a relaxed environment. Let's make sure that your talent, skills and knowledge will be appreciated in the right place at the right time!

Paper title Introductory Japanese 1
Paper code JAPA131
Subject Japanese
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) First Semester, Summer School
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2015 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Restriction
JAPA 103 or JAPA 132 or any other more advanced Japanese language paper
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
This paper is for beginners only and is not available to students who have passed NCEA Level 2 or 3 (or equivalent) in Japanese.  For further information, contact the Programme Coordinator (languages@otago.ac.nz). Programme Coordinator (languages@otago.ac.nz).
Teaching staff
Convenor: Associate Professor Roy Starrs Japanese Programme Coordinator
Lecturer: Haruko Stuart
More information link
View further information about JAPA 131
Paper Structure
Lectures (3 hours a week): We learn and practice new grammar items, new vocabulary and new kanji (Chinese characters) through lots of engaging communicative activities. We also listen to native speakers' dialogues, read Japanese passages and write some short Japanese sentences. Frequent cultural video viewing in class will stimulate your interest and shared information of Japan-related organizations and events on campus will continue to motivate you.

Tutorials: (3 hours a week): We have our tutorial classes where students are divided into smaller groups straight after our lecture on the same day so that students can understand the newly introduced grammar items in the lecture and sort out questions immediately. Our aim is to offer our students as many opportunities as possible to speak basic Japanese and acquire basic Japanese grammar items and expressions for their future trips to Japan, student life and / or career life in Japan. All the classes are conducted in a relaxed atmosphere and are lively and fun while at the same time providing a challenging learning environment.
Textbooks
GENKI (I) The Japan Times (Ch1 ~ Ch8 will be covered)Textbook & Workbook(Both available at the University Book Shop)
Teaching Arrangements
3 Lectures per week and 3 Tutorials per week.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, lifelong learning, communication, cultural understanding, self-motivation . View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
JAPA 131 aims to build a basic foundation that will enable students to acquire and develop four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. After completing this course, students will gain confidence to proceed to the next level of study (JAPA 132) and start preparing for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), N5 (approximately the same level as the former Level 4 test). (For more information, visit http://www.jlpt.jp/e/)
Eligibility
Suitable for students specializing in any discipline.
Contact
languages@otago.ac.nz

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Weeks: 9-14,16-22 Wed : 10:00-10:50
Weeks: 9-13,16-22 Fri : 10:00-10:50
Weeks: 9-14,16-17,19-22 Mon : 10:00-10:50

Tutorial

Weeks: 9-13,16-22 Fri : 11:00-11:50
or Fri : 12:00-12:50
or Fri : 14:00-14:50
Weeks: 9-14,16-22 Wed : 11:00-11:50
or Wed : 12:00-12:50
or Wed : 14:00-14:50
Weeks: 9-14,16-17,19-22 Mon : 11:00-11:50
or Mon : 12:00-12:50
or Mon : 14:00-14:50

Summer School

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Weeks: 2-7 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs : 10:00-11:50
Weeks: 2-5,7 Fri : 10:00-11:50