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JAPA216 is a second semester Japanese language course that is designed for students who know approximately 200 kanji and 1200 words and phrases. Direct entry is by placement test and discussion with the Programme Director. The course builds on all four language learning areas - reading, writing, speaking and listening. By the end of the course an additional 100 kanji and 500 words and phrases will have been mastered.
This course is for the students who have passed JAPA214 or equivalent, 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 240 kanji, and have knowledge of basic Japanese grammar and approximately 1100 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.
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 globalconditions 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 77 kanji; be able to understand and actively use approximately 450 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. have examined cultural beliefs and values in Japan, which in turn will develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for cultures other than your own, including the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand; be able to comprehend the influence of global conditions on Japan and be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts; have developed specific linguistic skills in Japanese that will enhance your opportunities for a successful career; have had multiple opportunities to engage with members of the wider Community of Practice and Learning Community, and have reflected on your own role and performancewithin those communities.
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.
Placement test or discussion with Programme Director.
JAPA153, JAPA154 and JAPA215.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Henk de Groot
Eri Banno, Yoko Ikeda et al;
An Integrated Course in Japanese, GENKI II;
Japan Times, 2011.
Eri Banno, Yoko Ikeda et al;
An Integrated Course in Japanese, GENKI II Workbook;
Japan Times, 2011.
Domestic fee $1,523.00
International fee $6,375.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Language, Social and Political Sciences.