Course syllabus




To new students enrolling in Japanese language courses for the first time

The chart below shows which course you are to apply. You may be approved into the course straightway, or may be invited to sit a placement test or to attend an interview.

Qualification Type Your highest qualification  Request Concession for What to write on your concession request form

Level 1


(Enrol in JAPANESE 130 on SSO. No concession is required.)


Achieved NCEA L2 in 201X.


Passed 2 external exams and writing assessment for NCEA L3 in 201X. 

NCEA Scholarship JAPANESE 232

Passed Scholarship exam in 201X.


Achieved CIE GSCE in 201X.

CIE AS: C or D grade JAPANESE 231

Achieved grade C in CIE AS in 201X.

CIE AS: A or B grade JAPANESE 232

Achieved grade A in CIE AS in 201X.

IB Ab initio JAPANESE 231

Achieved Ab initio for IB in 201X.


B (SL) Grade of 1-4


Achieved grade 1 for IB B(SL) in 201X.

IB B (SL) Grade of 5-7 JAPANESE 232

Achieved grade 5 for IB B(SL) in 201X.


Achieved IB B(HL) in 201X.


Passed JLPT N5 in 201X.


Passed JLPT N4 in 201X.


Passed JLPT N3 in 201X.


Passed JLPT N2 in 201X.

Tertiary qualification Appropriate course

e.g. Took JAPA 126 at Canterbury University in 2017. 

-If you have not studied Japanese in the last 3 to 4 years, please apply for the course one level below.

-If you have not studied Japanese in the last 5 or more years, you will be invited for an interview.

-If you have passed the JLPT on top of your other qualification, please apply for the higher course of the two indicated in the chart.

-If you have lived in Japan for longer than 6 months, please write in which year(s) you were there.

For inquiries, please contact Ms Chako Amano, the undergraduate adviser in Japanese:


JAPANESE 130/130G: Japanese Language 1A

Semester 1, 2019 (15 points)

Course Coordinator 

Reiko Kondo -  


Reiko Kondo -

Course delivery format:

1 hour of lecture and 4 hours of tutorial

(Timetable and room details can be viewed on Student Services Online)

Summary of Course Description:              

Japanese is a fascinating language - it is structurally quite simple and very regular, but in some ways it is very different to English becuase it is, unlike most European languages, unrelated to English and has developed within a very different cultural background.

This course assumes no prior knowledge of Japanese and may be taken by both total beginners and students whose study of Japanese is very limited, normally not higher than NCEA 1. The course aims to develop basic proficiency in modern Japanese necessary to communicate in particular situations. A range of exercises and activities will be used to develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, which will be useful for basic communications in Japanese. The course will also introduce some socio-cultural aspects related to Japanese language.

Provisional class limits information for 2019: In Semester One, enrolment in JAPANESE 130G is limited to 135 students and enrolment in JAPANESE 130 is limited to 110 students; first in, first enrolled.

See more information on First Time Enrolment in Language Courses.

Please note due to the high number of contact hours required for this course any change to enrolment will only be permitted until the end of the day on the first Friday of Semester (March 8).


By the end of the course, you should have improved your ability to:

  1. introduce themselves; ask for basic information such as the time of the day and location of buildings; buy things in shops and order meals in a restaurant; talk about one’s daily activities and past events; ask about interests; and invite people to do something with him/her; make requests; ask permission; offer help; express reasons.
  2. read and write simple passages (e.g. memo, letter, and diary entry) using kana and 58 kanji.

Prescribed Course Textbook:

Genki I: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese (Second Edition) The Japan Times

The prescribed course textbook togetehr with the workbook can be obtained from 'ubiq' as a student package.

Assessment breakdown

-Final Exam: 50%

-Coursework: 50% 

Short Tests: 15% (Short Test 1---4%, Short Test 2---5%, Short TEst 3---6%)

Mid-Semester Test: 20%

Speaking Test: 13%

In-Class Performance: 2%

Your overall course mark is the sum of the assessments above. A total of 49.5% (C-) is the minimum pass mark for the course and you MUST sit the exam to pass this course. 

Policy on Attendance

Attendance at lectures and tutorials is a compulsory component of this course, and a lecture/tutorial-attendance rate of less than 80% will mean that the course requirements have not been met, and your final grade will be DNC (Did Not Complete).  If you miss any lecture/tutorial for a valid reason, you are required to inform the course coordinator, Reiko Kondo.

Workload and deadlines for submission of coursework:           

The University of Auckland's expectation is that students spend 10 hours per week on a 15-point course, including time in class and personal study. Students should manage their academic workload and other commitments accordingly. Deadlines for coursework are set by course convenors and will be advertised in course material. You should submit your work on time. In extreme circumstances, such as illness, you may seek an extension but you may be required to provide supporting information before the assignment is due. Late assignments without a pre-approved extension may be penalised by loss of marks – check course information for details.

Course summary:

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