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    A continuation of JAPA131, further developing students’ Japanese language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening at an elementary level. The paper takes an integrated approach to the skills of language acquisition and includes basic material on the cultural heritage of the Japanese people.

    In this paper you will further develop your four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) through lots of engaging communicative activities in a relaxed environment.

    About this paper

    Paper title Introductory Japanese 2
    Subject Japanese
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (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 131
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    Suitable for students who have completed 2-3 years of Japanese language study at secondary school. 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.
    Suitable for students specialising in any discipline.
    Teaching staff
    Teaching Fellow: Haruko Stuart
    Paper Structure
    Lectures (3 hours a week): You will learn and practise 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 a few short Japanese essays. Frequent cultural video viewing in class will stimulate your interest in and shared information of Japan-related organisations, and events on campus will continue to motivate you.

    Tutorials (2 hours a week): students are divided into smaller groups so that they can understand the newly introduced grammar items in the lecture and sort out questions. 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.
    Teaching Arrangements
    Three lectures per week and two tutorials per week.

    GENKI (I) (Third edition) The Japan Times (Ch 8 - Ch 12 will be covered) Textbook and Workbook.

    GENKI (II) The Japan Times (Ch 13 and Ch 14 will be covered) Textbook and Workbook (available at the University Book Shop).

    Course outline
    View the course outline for JAPA 132
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes
    JAPA 132 aims to further 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 (JAPA 231) and start preparing for the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), N5 (approximately the same level as the former level 4 test). (View the JLPT's website for more information)


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 29-35, 37-42
    Thursday 10:00-10:50 29-35, 37-42
    Friday 10:00-10:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 30-35, 37-41
    Friday 11:00-11:50 30-35, 37-41
    A2 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 30-35, 37-41
    Friday 13:00-13:50 30-35, 37-41
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