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JAPA131 Introductory Japanese 1

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!

Paper title Introductory Japanese 1
Paper code JAPA131
Subject Japanese
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Summer School (On campus)
Semester 1 (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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Restriction
JAPA 103 or JAPA 132 or any other more advanced Japanese language paper
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes

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 languages@otago.ac.nz

Eligibility
Suitable for students specialising in any discipline.
Contact
languages@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Lecturer: Haruko Stuart
Paper Structure

Summer School will consist of four 2.5-hour classes per week. Summer School JAPA131 is internally assessed, so does not have a final exam. Before coming to class in JAPA131 Summer School, you are advised to start learning hiragana (one of the Japanese writing systems) in your free time. We will learn all the hiragana in class together, but your prior self-study will help you to have an easier start. Useful hiragana sites are,

http://www.guidetojapanese.org/learn/grammar/hiragana

http://www.gyford.com/japanese/

http://www.csus.edu/indiv/s/sheaa/projects/genki/hiragana-timer.html/

First semester classes will consist of three lectures per week and two tutorials per week. First semester JAPA131 is internally assessed, so does not have a final exam.

Teaching Arrangements

Summer School will consist of four 2.5-hour classes per week. Summer School JAPA131 is internally assessed, so does not have a final exam. Before coming to class in JAPA131 Summer School, you are advised to start learning hiragana (one of the Japanese writing systems) in your free time. We will learn all the hiragana in class together, but your prior self-study will help you to have an easier start. Useful hiragana sites are,

http://www.guidetojapanese.org/learn/grammar/hiragana

http://www.gyford.com/japanese/

http://www.csus.edu/indiv/s/sheaa/projects/genki/hiragana-timer.html/

First semester classes will consist of three lectures per week and two tutorials per week. First semester JAPA131 is internally assessed, so does not have a final exam.

Textbooks

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
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Learning Outcomes

JAPA 131 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 (JAPA 132) 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).

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Timetable

Summer School

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 10:00-12:50 2-5, 7
Tuesday 10:00-12:50 2-7
Thursday 10:00-12:50 2-7
Friday 10:00-12:50 2-7

Semester 1

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
Thursday 10:00-10:50 9-14, 16-22
Friday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 16-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 16-22
Friday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 16-22
A2 Wednesday 13:00-13:50 9-14, 16-22
Friday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 16-22
A3 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 9-14, 16-22
Friday 14:00-14:50 9-13, 16-22
A4 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 9-14, 16-22
Friday 15:00-15:50 9-13, 16-22