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 332: Japanese Language 3B

2019, Semester 2 (15.0 points)

Pre-requisites: JAPANESE 331

Course Coordinator

Dr Jun Nakamura

Course delivery format

1 hour of lectures and 3 hours of tutorials

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

Summary of Course Description

This course, the final language course required for Japanese major, is a continuation of JAPANESE 331 and is designed to further develop communicative use of the Japanese language in the four skills beyond everyday-life situations. As with JAPANESE 331, greater focus is attached to written Japanese in which you will familiarise yourself with various styles of Japanese texts including newspaper articles, manga and short novels through which you will be able to deepen your understanding towards Japanese culture.      


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

  1. express ideas and opinions in both written and spoken Japanese including oral presentation using a wide range of vocabulary and phrases acquired in the course
  2. comprehend the content of authentic materials in various styles with dictionary assistance
  3. extract relevant information from and understand the gist of newspaper articles
  4. write an essay with dictionary assistance on a set topic commensurate with the level of this course without significant errors
  5. engage in a conversation on a variety of topics using the language appropriate to the situation including honorific language as well as appropriate communicative strategies
  6. understand the content of dialogues and monologues which are spoken at natural speed by native Japanese speakers in different situations

Textbook and Supplementary Materials

-中級へ行こう Chuukyuu e Ikoo (Second Edition): 3ACorporation


-Kanji Practice Book

-Reading Book

Recommended Book

-A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar (The Japan Times) by S.Makino and M.Tsutsui

Course Structure

All students will meet for plenary lectures every Monday. Monday lectures focus on new sentence patterns and expressions introduced in the textbook/coursebook followed by tutorials on Tuesdays and Thursdays in which practice for new grammatical items and writing/speaking exercises take place. Lessons 6-10 of the textbook will be covered in this course. Friday tutorials focus on reading using authentic materials in order to develop rapid as well as intensive reading skills.



As with other 15-point courses, the University of Auckland’s expectation is that students spend 10 hours per week on this course. You should manage your academic workload and other commitments accordingly. Students attend two one-hour lectures and two one-hour tutorials each week. This leaves 6 hours per week outside the classroom to study for this course including assignments and the exam.

Deadlines and submissions of coursework

Deadlines for coursework are non-negotiable. In extreme circumstances, such as illness, you may seek an extension but you will be required to provide a doctor's certificate before the assignment is due. All late assignment without a pre-approved extension will be penalised.

Assessment breakdown

-Exam: 40%

-Coursework: 60%

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


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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