Japanese Language 1A

Please note: this is archived course information from 2020 for JAPANESE 130.


Japanese is a fascinating language - it is structurally quite simple and very regular, but in some ways it is very different from English because it is, unlike most European languages, unrelated to English and has developed within a very different cultural background.

This course assumes no prior knowledge of Japanese and may be taken by both total beginners and students whose study of Japanese is very limited, normally not higher than NCEA 1.

The course aims to 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 also 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.

Please note due to the high number of contact hours required for this course any change to enrolment will only be permitted until the end of the day on the first Friday of Semester  (Semester 1: 6th March 2020)


Coursework + exam

Availability 2020

Semester 1




Genki I: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese 2nd ed. (textbook and workbook)


Coursework + exam


JAPANESE 130: 15 points


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