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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 knowledge of essential kanji characters in order to establish a solid foundation in your literacy skills. In the classroom, the focus is on enhancing your oral proficiency through extensive use of the spoken language. By the end of the paper, 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) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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JAPA 112 or JAPA 132
JAPA 211
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Suitable for students who have completed 4-5 years of Japanese language study at secondary school. If you have previous knowledge of the language you can still enrol in this paper via Special Permission by proceeding with your application process to the Review and Submit page or email for assistance.
Teaching staff
Convenor: Haruko Stuart
Teaching Arrangements
Three hours of lectures per week plus one tutorial per week.
GENKI (II) The Japan Times (Ch 15 - Ch 18 will be covered) Textbook and Workbook (available at the University Book Shop)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication,Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
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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


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 9-12, 18-22
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9-12, 18-22
Thursday 11:00-11:50 9-12, 18-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Thursday 12:00-12:50 9-12, 18-22
T2 Thursday 14:00-14:50 9-12, 18-22