Course syllabus



JAPANESE 130G Introduction to Japanese Language 1


Summer School 2019


University of Auckland


Welcome to Introduction to Japanese Language 1. This integrated course specifically targets total beginners who wish to develop basic proficiency in modern Japanese language. 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.


Language Ability

Language courses do not satisfy the General Education requirement for a student who has prior knowledge of the language (for example, as a native speaker, through formal or informal study, or through living with others who speak the language). A student with prior knowledge of the language may be declined enrolment or the enrolment may be deleted at the discretion of the Head of Department.

Teaching Staff


Dr Harumi Minagawa (co-ordinator)                                      


Office Hours: Tuesday 12-1, Thursday 12-1

Room 430, Level 4, Arts 2

923 87535



Sunny Huang

Ian Fookes

Haiying Hou


Textbook and Workbook

  • GENKI I: WORKBOOK (2nd Edition), The Japan Times


The above items are available at the University Book Shop as a student package.



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Course Outline



At the end of the course, you should be able to:

  1. carry out basic communicative activities, such as introducing each other, shopping and ordering meals, asking for directions, extending an invitation and making a request
  2. read simple passages in kana and 58 kanji
  3. write a simple passage using kana and basic kanji.


We will cover a total of 6 chapters in Genki I, Lessons 1 to 6, in 6 weeks. This course is extremely intensive and you must memorise a substantial number of vocabulary, hiragana, katakana, kanji and sentence structures. It is, therefore, imperative that you put some time aside for preparation and revision every day.


Policy on Attendance

Attendance at lectures and tutorials is a compulsory component of this course. 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. (See requirement (b) under Examination Regulations, i.e. “In order to be credited with a course, a candidate needs to have (b) attended classes to the satisfaction of Senate.”



You are expected to spend up to 10 hours per week for your self-study for this course.

In order to facilitate your learning, the following resources are available for you.


  1. Audio Aids

The new edition of the textbook/workbook comes with two CDs in MP3 format. All the dialogues, exercises, and reading materials are available for you to review at your own pace. Please fully utilize these materials as your progress largely depends on how much time you allocate for practice at home. We will only do a limited amount of listening exercises in class.


  1. Workbook

The workbook contains writing, listening and reading exercises as well as kana and kanji practice. We will use the workbook in class, so please bring it with the textbook. After each day, you are required to complete the relevant sections in the workbook at home. Please check your own answers with the model answers posted on Canvas.


  1. Canvas Exercises

Various types of self-paced exercises are available on Canvas. In the early weeks these exercises will help you learn the kana effectively. In the following weeks, you will do exercises on items introduced in each lesson of the textbook. You are expected to do these exercises regularly throughout the semester.


  1. GENKI on-line Self-Study Room

You can find different types of additional exercises for your self-study in the following website. (video links to new sentence patterns)


Some more useful sites for learning hiragana, katanaka and kanji. (stroke orders for hiragana) (stroke orders for katakana)  (stroke orders for kanji)



Final Exam: 50%

Your listening, reading, writing, and grammatical knowledge will be assessed in the two-hour examination. It covers Lessons 1 to 6.


Coursework: 50%

In-class Tests: 26% (during a tutorial session)

    Test 1 (Greetings and L1): 6%, Thursday 17 January

    Test 2 (L2 and L3): 10%, Tuesday 29 January

    Test 3 (L4 and L5): 10%, Tuesday, 12 February

Listening Test: 8%: Tuesday 5 February (during a lecture session)

Speaking test: 16%: Friday 15 February


Vocabulary Check / Kana, Kanji Check

These are not a part of your coursework, but your knowledge of vocabulary, scripts and grammar will be checked regularly.


Policy on Make-up Tests

No make-up tests are offered.


Policy on Plagiarism

Cheating is not tolerated. If you are suspected of cheating or caught cheating, appropriate procedures will be initiated.


Ground Rules

  • Come to class to participate in activities, fully prepared.
  • Do not disrupt lectures or class activities by chatting privately with your friends.
  • Email the Coordinator if you are going to be absent.
  • Notify your tutor at the beginning of the class if you need to leave the classroom.
  • Turn off your mobile phones in class.



It is your responsibility that you check your university email account as well as Canvas. Otherwise, you may miss important notices.


Disability Services

Any student with a disability who may require alternative arrangements in this course is encouraged to seek advice and assistance from Disability Services as soon as possible after enrolment. Contact details: Disability Services (, Room 036, Basement Level, ClockTower: phone ext. 88808 or 87330: email

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