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 231: Japanese Language 2A

SEMESTER 1, 2019

15 points

Course Convenor: 

Chako Amano - 


Course delivery format:

1 hours of lecture and 3 hours of tutorial

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


Summary of Course Description:              

This course is for those who have passed JAPANESE 131 or who have achieved at least 16 points in Level 3 NCEA Japanese (or equivalent). If you did not take JAPANESE 131, you must apply for an enrolment concession on SSO. (See above for detail.)

The course aims to further develop the basic proficiency in modern Japanese necessary to communicate in everyday-life situations. As with JAPANESE 131, this course provides a range of exercises and activities to develop communicative use of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in various situations as well as strategies to enhance and support these skills. The course will also introduce some socio-cultural aspects related to language-use situations.The prescribed textbook can be obtained from the University Bookshop. Students must attend the plenary lecture plus streamed classes.


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

  1. express your intentions, desires, determinations; make a polite request, an apology, a suggestion, etc.
  2. listen and understand dialogues and passages on various topics.
  3. read and comprehend written passages on various topics.
  4. write short essays on a selected topic using up to 224 kanji.


Assessment Summary:


Course work (60%)

Short Tests (18%)

  Short Test 1 (8%)

  Short Test 2 (10%)

Mid-Semester Test (20%)

Speaking Tests (22%)

  Speaking Test 1 (7%)

  Speaking Test 2 (15%)


Final Exam (40%)


Policy on Attendance

According to the Examination Regulations in the University of Auckland Calendar 2019 (p.38): In order to be credited with a course, a candidate needs to have:

(b) attended classes to the satisfaction of Senate


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) regardless of what marks were earned in coursework and the final examination. 



Prescribed Texts:

GENKI II: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese.  2nd edition The Japan Times (Textbook and Workbook)

The prescribed course textbook can be obtained from the University Bookshop as a student package.


 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.


Well-being always comes first

We all go through tough times during the semester, or see our friends struggling. There is lots of help out there - for more information, look at this Canvas page, which has links to various support services in the University and the wider community.



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