JAPAN132-20B (HAM)

Japanese 1: Part B

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The Japanese 1, Part B, beginner course, is designed for students who have passed JAPAN131 or who have reached a level equivalent to JAPAN131 (or JAPA131) through studying by yourself (e.g., you have spent some time in Japan). This course introduces the basic communication skills so that learners can use the language in particular cultural and societal contexts (e.g. making offers and requests, inviting, shopping, ordering foods, giving and asking for permissions, expressing thoughts and opinions, etc.). Learning language links to acknowledge and appreciate another culture in which the language is used, as language and its culture are inseparable. This paper gives an opportunity for students to see the world from difference perspectives through Japanese language and culture other than a predominant language and its culture. These above pragmatics are used in other languages, so this provides students to consider how the same pragmatics are used differently in different languages and social contexts (e.g., in English and/ or Māori). All four language skills, namely; reading, writing, speaking and listening will be practiced through the medium of modern Japanese grammar, vocabulary and writing system of hiragana and katakana. About 70 kanji characters will be introduced (students will acquire in total of 101 kanji throughout the year (continued from JAPAN131)). In Japanese classes, emphasis will be placed on developing students’ communication skills in both receptive (listening and reading) and productive (speaking and writing) skills of Japanese in order to build a competent and confident foundation at the beginner level.

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Paper Structure

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Class Attendance & Participation:

Lectures will be delivered online, weekly topics will be presented via a mixture of Panopto recordings and Powerpoint on Moodle. These materials will normally be uploaded at the beginning of each week. Students will then have until Tuesday of the following week to prepare for their face to face tutorial.

Tutorial attendance is required. Students are expected to attend one tutorial per week, and participate in in-class interactions.

Students who cannot physically attend face to face tutorial can join via Zoom during the tutorial session in class.

Students must attend one tutorial either Tutorial Group A (11:10-11:50 am) or Tutorial Group B (12:00-12:50 pm) and should choose the one that fits into their timetable best. Students will be asked to sign up one of the time slots on Moodle in Week 1.

Note: tutorials will be altered to be delivered online if Alert Levels rise again.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • use the Japanese writing and sound system; including Hiragana, Katakana and about 101 kanji characters (29 kanji have been introduced in JAPAN131 and 72 kanji will be introduced in JAPAN132)
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  • use some basic Japanese grammar:

    - in making offers

    - in offering assistances

    - in making polite requests

    - in requesting that someone refrain from doing something

    - in asking for and giving permissions

    - in talking about rules and regulations

    - in giving reasons for doing / not doing something

    - in talking about likes or dislikes (with adverbial intensifiers)

    - in describing actions in progress

    - in describing resultative changes

    - in describing physical attributes

    - in expressing thoughts and opinions

    - in reporting speech

    - in casual (informal) speech

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  • use numbers for (with specific counters):

    - counting small items

    - counting flat objects (e.g., sheets of paper)

    - counting people

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  • acquire useful expressions to make communication flow smoothly
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  • understand and produce written texts (e.g., postcards, emails, letters, memos, reports, etc.) in both vertically and horizontally
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The University of Waikato's current grading scale is as follows:-

A+ 90-100

A 85-89

A- 80-84

B+ 75-79

B 70-74

B- 65-69

C+ 60-64

C 55-59

C- 50-54

D 40-49

E 0-39

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Quiz 1 (Vocabulary Quiz 1)
31 Jul 2020
9:00 AM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Written Assignment 1
9 Aug 2020
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Quiz 2 (Vocabulary Quiz 2)
21 Aug 2020
9:00 AM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Written Assignment 2
23 Aug 2020
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Test 1
11 Sep 2020
9:00 AM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Quiz 3 (Vocabulary Quiz 3)
9 Oct 2020
9:00 AM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
7. Written Assignment 3
11 Oct 2020
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
8. Individual Speaking Assessment
13 Oct 2020
11:00 AM
  • In Class: In Tutorial
9. Test 2
23 Oct 2020
9:00 AM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Required course materials


(1) Main textbook

Banno, E., Ikeda, Y., Ohno, Y., Shinagawa, C., & Takashiki, K. (2011). Genki I: An

integrated course in elementary Japanese (2nd ed.). Tokyo, Japan: The JapanTimes.

(2) Workbook

Banno, E., Ikeda, Y., Ohno, Y., Shinagawa, C., & Takashiki, K. (2011). Genki: An

integrated course in elementary Japanese workbook I (2nd ed.). Tokyo, Japan: The Japan Times.

The above books are available at the Bennetts campus bookshop. The copies of these books are also available in the Library (at High Demand Collection).

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Online Support

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There is an online Moodle community for this course. Moodle can be accessed via iWaikato. Moodle is used for class announcements, supplementary notes etc. so students will be required to check the Moodle site regularly.


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The expected workload for this paper is 10-13 hours per week (3 hours of lectures + 1 hour of workshop + 1 hour of tutorial and approximately 5-8 hours of self-directed study including task completion, review and preparation for the lessons throughout the course).

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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper contributes to the fundamental understanding of the culture, society and language of Japanese. This paper forms the foundation for the JAPAN231 (Japanese 2: Part A) paper.

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Prerequisite papers: JAPA131 or JAPAN131




Restricted papers: JAPA132

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