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    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 World Economic Forum has just published that Japan has topped a global ranking of tourism destinations for its natural and cultural resources, public transportation, and hygiene. Twenty years after the Aichi Expo 2005, Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai will also bring the international community back to Japan. In this paper 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!

    About this paper

    Paper title Introductory Japanese 1
    Subject Japanese
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    JAPA 103 or JAPA 132 or any other more advanced Japanese language paper
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music

    All assessments for this paper are internal. 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 Languages and Cultures Programme on

    Suitable for students specialising in any discipline.
    Teaching staff
    Lecturer: Haruko Stuart
    Paper Structure

    JAPA131 is internally assessed, so does not have a final exam.

    Teaching Arrangements

    Classes consist of three lectures per week and two tutorials per week.



    GENKI (I) (Third Edition)The Japan Times (Lesson 1~Lesson 7 will be covered) Textbook and Workbook (both available at the University Book Shop).

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork, Scholarship, Research
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    JAPA131 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 paper, students will gain confidence to proceed to the next level of study (JAPA132) 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 the JLPT website).


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22
    Thursday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
    Friday 10:00-10:50 9-12, 15-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 10-12, 15-22
    Friday 11:00-11:50 10-12, 15-22
    A2 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 10-12, 15-22
    Friday 13:00-13:50 10-12, 15-22
    A3 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 10-12, 15-22
    Friday 14:00-14:50 10-12, 15-22
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