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JAPA233 Business and Professional Japanese

A continuation of JAPA231. Develops communication skills in professional and business-related Japanese language, with equal emphasis on speaking, listening, reading, writing, and training in the cultural protocols involved in conducting business and professional activities in Japan.

The goal of this paper is the simultaneous development of all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) at a higher level than JAPA 231, with an emphasis on professional and business-related Japanese language. By the end of the paper, you will learn how to express yourself in a culturally appropriate manner in various socio-cultural and business environments. 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 Business and Professional Japanese
Paper code JAPA233
Subject Japanese
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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JAPA 231
Schedule C
Arts and Music
A short interview or placement test will be held during Course Approval in order to place students in the paper appropriate to their knowledge of the language. 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 a 1-hour tutorial per week.

Textbook and Workbook (available at the University Book Shop):

Genki (II). (Third edition) The Japan Times (Ch19 G1 & G2, Ch20 G1 & G2, Ch21 G1, Ch22 and Ch23 will be covered).

Nihongo Chuukyuu J301 Intermediate Japanese. 3A Network. (Ch3 and Ch4 will be covered). A booklet (approved for copyright) will be posted on the JAPA 231 Blackboard.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper should have the skills required to pass the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, level N3.

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
A2 Thursday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41