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Beginner’s level Japanese


Admission requirements

Students admitted to MA Asian Studies 60 ec tracks.


This is an integrated language course for beginners, with a communicative approach. Special attention will be paid to the use of the language in practical everyday situations and the focus will be on listening, speaking and reading. Basic writing instruction will also be part of the course. Students also learn various aspects of Japanese culture connected to the usage of Japanese language.

Students will be introduced to: – Japanese pronunciation, – a wide range of elementary grammatical structures and sentence patterns, – hiragana and katakana syllabaries, – basic kanji characters and – vocabulary terms and expressions that are closely tied to students’ everyday lives and communicative situations in Japanese contexts.
For more details, refer to online resources accompanying the course book:
The contents of the textbook

Course objectives

By the end of the course, students will reach A1 level of JF Standard which is based on CEFR.

An online self-study website offers additional resources for independent study outside the classroom.


Time and date on which the course is offered or a link to the website.

Mode of instruction

Choose from:

  • Seminar

Course Load

  • Total : 280 hrs – Classes : 54 hrs(2hrsX2/week over 12 weeks) – Text reading and class preparations : 162 hrs – Preparation for the Quizzes : 20 hrs – Extra activity: Japanese internet news site reading etc. : 44 hrs

Assessment method

Assignment: 40%
Oral presentation: 10%
Final exams (reading & writing): 50%



Reading list

1) Marugoto: Japanese language and culture Starter A1 Coursebook for communicative language activities, ISBN: 978-4384057522
2) Marugoto: Japanese language and culture Starter A1 Coursebook for communicative language competences, ISBN: 978-4384057539




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Contact: Emi Yamamoto