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.

IB B (SL) Grade of 1-4 JAPANESE 231

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 131: Japanese Language 1B

Semester 2, 2019 (15 points)

Course Coordinator 

Reiko Kondo -  


Reiko Kondo -

Course delivery format:

1 hour of lecture and 3 hours of tutorial

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

Summary of Course Description:              

Welcome to Japanese Language 1B, JAPANESE 131. This course is a continuation of JAPANESE 130 and is for those who have passed JAPANESE 130 or who have achieved NCEA Level 2 or equivalent in Japanese. The course aims to further develop the basic proficiency in modern Japanese necessary to communicate in limited situations. The course will use a range of exercises and activities to develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as strategies to enhance and support these skills. The course will introduce some sociocultural aspects directly related to language-use situations. The prescribed textbook can be obtained from the University Bookshop. Students must attend the plenary lecture plus streamed classes.

Provisional class limits information for 2019: In Semester Two, enrolment in JAPANESE 131 is limited to 80 students. Selections are based on students' previous study or qualifications indicating s/he has achieved only Level 2 NCEA Japanese or equivalent, or has some other beginners-level prior study of Japanese; first in, first enrolled.

See more information on First Time Enrolment in Language Courses.


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

  1. talk about a sequence of events, describe events in progress, describe personal characteristics, report on what one has heard, make comparisons, express desires, talk about past experiences, etc.
  2. read and write simple passages (e.g. letter, diary entry, report, and folk tale) using 145

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%

City Campus

2 hours

Closed book

Audio Component will be 10-15 marks out of 100 marks

-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

80% attendance at lectures and tutorials is a compulsory component of this course. If your attendance rate is less than 80%, your final grade will be DNC (Did Not Complete). If you have a valid reason such as illness and other unavoidable incident for missing a lesson, 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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