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This course builds upon the 100-level elementary language courses. By the end of the course students will have acquired a knowledge of intermediate level Japanese grammar and will also have learned approximately 400 kanji and approximately 2500 words and phrases.
This course is for the students who have passed JAPA115 or JAPA116 (previously JAPA141/142, currently JAPA125/126) or equivalent, Bursary Japanese, or NCEA Level 3, or who have gained direct entry through a placement test. You should be able to read and write all the Hiragana and Katakana characters as well as at least 145 kanji, and have knowledge of basic Japanese grammar and approximately 800 words and phrases.The course aims to cultivate skills in all four areas of language acquisition: reading, writing, listening, and speaking, and the texts used are especially designed to develop each of these areas. The course combines traditional instruction with communication-oriented interaction and oral/audio visual exercises in the language laboratory. There are five contact hours per week, with four hours of classroom teaching and one hour in the language lab, which are all mandatory, therefore students are expected to attend them every week. Classroom work is supported by additional on-line resources. (Image by Rachel Payne.)
Students 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 learning a foreign language students will develop more understanding of global conditions and will become competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts. This will help the language students to develop knowledge and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications. By the end of the course students should: - be able to read and write an additional 172 kanji; - be able to understand and actively use approximately 900 Japanese words and phrases; - be able to actively apply further basic grammar and expressions that enable you to communicate in a more sophisticated manner; - have mastered written Japanese that enables you to read and write increasingly complex text; - 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 more understanding of global conditions and will become competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts. This will help the language students to develop knowledge and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications (Globally aware); have examined cultural beliefs and values in Japan, which in turn will develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for cultures other than one’s own, including the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand (Biculturally competent and confident); be able to comprehend the influence of global conditions on Japan and be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts develop specific linguistic skills in Japanese that will enhance students’ opportunities for a successful career (Employable, innovative and enterprising);have had multiple opportunities to engage with members of the wider Community of Practice and Learning Community, and have reflected on their own role and performance within those communities (Engaged with the community).
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
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.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
JAPA126, orNCEA Level 3 Japanese with at least 12 credits, orplacement test. RP: Students should be able to read and write all of the katakana and hiragana script as well as at least 150 kanji and have knowledge of basic Japanese grammar and approximately 800 words and phrases.
JAPA151, JAPA152, JAPA153, JAPA154, JAPA105, JAPA201
Students should be able to read and write all of the katakana and hiragana script as well as at least 150 kanji and have knowledge of basic Japanese grammar and approximately 800 words and phrases.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
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
Library portalLEARN The Course Outline is available for enrolled students on Learn.
Domestic fee $2,355.00
International fee $10,500.00
* 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.