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JAPA231 Intermediate Japanese

A continuation of JAPA 132, developing intermediate-level skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, and in the grammatical analysis of Japanese.

The goal of this paper is the simultaneous development of all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the intermediate level of competence. You will continuously expand your vocabulary, grammar and essential kanji characters in order to establish a solid foundation in your literacy skills. In the classroom, the focus is enhancing your oral proficiency through extensive use of the spoken language. By the end of the course, you will learn how to express yourself in a culturally appropriate manner, while handling various interactions with people. You will also deepen your understanding of Japanese society through the introduction of a variety of visual and literary information about its culture and people.

Paper title Intermediate Japanese
Paper code JAPA231
Subject Japanese
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $810.90
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,390.00

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JAPA 132 or JAPA 112. You may be able to take this paper without the prerequisite if you can demonstrate the required ability. Use the special permission process to apply to do this; please proceed through the application process to reach the window for Special Permission. Please list any qualifications you have gained e.g. NCEA, and years studied, as well as a note of any other exposure to this language. This request together with any documentation you provide or request for the transfer of credit(s) will then be submitted for approval.
JAPA 211
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Suitable for students who have completed 4-5 years of Japanese language study at secondary school.
Teaching staff
Dr Yuko Shibata
More information link
View further information about JAPA 231
Genki II second edition, by Eri Banno and others, 2011Tobira: gateway to advanced Japanese, by Mayumi Oka and others, 2009
Teaching Arrangements
4 hours of Lectures and Tutorials per week
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, interdisciplinary perspective, lifelong perspective, communication, cultural understanding, information literacy, self-motivation. View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
To pass the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Level N4 (or N3)

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Weeks: 9-14,16-17,19-22 Mon : 10:00-11:50


Weeks: 9-14,16-22 Wed : 10:00-10:50
Wed : 14:00-14:50
Thurs : 10:00-10:50
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