JAPA125-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Elementary Japanese A

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021

Description

This course is designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of the Japanese language. Teaching will focus on the four basic language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. At the end of the course, students should be able to read and write the kana scripts, know a range of Japanese vocabulary, and understand and actively use some elements of basic modern grammar. They will be able to conduct simple conversations in Japanese and will be familiar with key cultural aspects.

The course consists of three classroom hours per week, with one ‘flipped lesson’ where students will, in their own time, watch two or more short videos on the week’s grammar and kanji characters. Interaction, participation and collaboration with classmates in Japanese all play an important part of the classroom lessons, as well as learning vocabulary, grammar and kanji characters.

Learning Outcomes

  • As a student in this course you will acquire skills in all four areas of the language (reading, writing, speaking and listening), which will become the foundation for developing strategies and skills needed to interact in Japanese.

    By the end of the course students should:
  • be able to understand and actively use approximately 300 Japanese words and phrases;
  • be able to actively apply basic Japanese grammar and expressions used in simple everyday situations (e.g., greetings, shopping, telling the time and ordering at a restaurant);
  • be able to read and write the kana syllabaries (hiragana and katakana);
  • be able to read and write 58 kanji characters;
  • have developed learner autonomy and reflective skills;
  • have acquired skills and competencies transferrable to a variety of disciplines;
  • have some intercultural awareness and sensitivity.

    Also, students will
  • develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
  • be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree
  • be able to comprehend the influence of global conditions on Japan and be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts
  • will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
  • will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.

    (Image "View of Shinjuku skyscrapers and Mount Fuji as seen from the Bunkyo Civic Center in Tokyo" by Morio, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence.)
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.

Restrictions

JAPA141, JAPA115, JAPA127

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 Psychology - Sociology 456
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
02 Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 Psychology - Sociology 456
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
03 Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00 Psychology - Sociology 456
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
04 Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00 Psychology - Sociology 456
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
05 Tuesday 14:00 - 15:00 Psychology - Sociology 456
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 Psychology - Sociology 456 (24/2-31/3, 28/4-5/5, 19/5-2/6)
Jack Erskine 315 (12/5)
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
02 Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00 Psychology - Sociology 456 (24/2-31/3, 28/4-5/5, 19/5-2/6)
Jack Erskine 315 (12/5)
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
03 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 Psychology - Sociology 456 (24/2-31/3, 28/4-5/5, 19/5-2/6)
Rehua 427 Technology Workshop (12/5)
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
04 Wednesday 13:00 - 14:00 Psychology - Sociology 456 (24/2-31/3, 28/4-5/5, 19/5-2/6)
Rehua 427 Technology Workshop (12/5)
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
05 Wednesday 14:00 - 15:00 Psychology - Sociology 456 (24/2-31/3, 28/4-5/5, 19/5-2/6)
Rehua 329 (12/5)
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 10:00 Ernest Rutherford 460
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
02 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 Ernest Rutherford 460
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
03 Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 Ernest Rutherford 460
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
04 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 Ernest Rutherford 460
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
05 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 Ernest Rutherford 460
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Drop in Class A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 14:00 James Logie 214-Language Lab
22 Feb - 4 Apr
3 May - 6 Jun

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 18:30 - 19:30 A2 Lecture Theatre
29 Mar - 4 Apr
Test B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 18:30 - 20:00 A2 Lecture Theatre
31 May - 6 Jun

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Masayoshi Ogino

Lecturer

Henk de Groot

Tutor

Eri Kojima-Mathieson

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Online quizzes & proficiency checks 19%
Homework, assignments, tasks, special activity 34%
Speaking assessment 7%
In-term test 1 17% in term 1
In-term test 2 23% In term 2

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Eri Banno, Yoko Ikeda et al; Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese 1; 2nd Edition; Japan Times, 2011.

Eri Banno, Yoko Ikeda et al; Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Workbook 1; 2nd Edition; Japan Times, 2011.

There is a Learn (Moodle) component to this course.

Additional material for homework and/or self-learning is available on the computers in the Language Lab, James Logie 214. You can work there on your own when they are not booked for regular classes or during the open session 3-5pm Fridays during term time.

Other material, which may be helpful, can be found in the Library Subject Guides

Course links

Library portal
LEARN The Course Outline is available for enrolled students on LEARN.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $785.00

International fee $3,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

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