JAPANESE 130/130G : Japanese Language 1A


2024 Summer School (1240) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

An integrated basic course in modern Japanese covering reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Course Overview

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 sociocultural aspects related to Japanese language.

Course Requirements

Restriction: May not be taken if a more advanced language acquisition course in this subject has previously been passed

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 6: Communication
Capability 7: Collaboration
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Arts

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will 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 (Capability 3, 6 and 7)
  2. Read simple passages in kana and 58 kanji (Capability 3 and 6)
  3. Write a simple passage using kana and basic kanji (Capability 3 and 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Coursework 100% Individual Coursework


This course can be taken as part of a Modern Language Module or the Language Teaching and Learning Module.
This course can be taken as part of the CertLang (Certificate of Languages) or DipLang (Diploma of Languages).

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 20 hours per week plus exam preparation for Summer School courses.

For this course, you can expect 2 hours of plenary lectures and 7 sessions of one-hour tutorial per week. Students are expected to come to class to participate in activities, fully prepared. 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.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

This course is NOT available for students studying remotely, outside Auckland or offshore in 2024.

Attendance is required at scheduled class activities to receive credit for some components of the course

Due to their interactive nature, classes will not be available as recordings.

Some course activities may be delivered on-line.

Attendance on campus is required for tests.

The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Prescribed Textbook and Workbook

· GENKI I: WORKBOOK (3rd Edition), The Japan Times

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

*It is a breach of copyright to use illegally obtained copies of the textbook.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

The course evaluation will be conducted towards the end of the course.

Other Information


Students who have achieved the equivalent of NCEA Level 2 or higher in Japanese MAY NOT enrol in this course.  If it is later found that there are discrepancies between your actual language competency and the course eligibility, you may be disqualified from the course.

Policy on Attendance

Attendance at tutorials is a compulsory component of this course. A tutorial-attendance rate of less than 80% will mean that the requirements for taking the compulsory Speaking Test 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.”)

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

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 https://canvas.auckland.ac.nz/courses/33894, which has links to various support services in the University and the wider community.

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 31/10/2023 08:36 p.m.