Faculty of Arts


Japanese Language 1A


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 Ubiq 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: 5th March 2021)

Please note that if you are a Native Speaker of this subject, or have passed a more advance language acquisition course in this subject, you cannot take this course.

If you are a Native Speaker and enrol into this course it could be considered cheating which may result in you being found to have committed Academic Misconduct.

Native Speaker refers to those who can speak fluently and read and write without difficulty. You may have acquired this language from early childhood and speaking this language remains one of your primary means of communication.

Students enrolled into this course will need to complete a Language Proficiency Declaration.


Coursework + exam

Availability 2021

Summer School, repeated Semester 1


Lecturer(s) Dr Wayne Lawrence


Genki I: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese 3rd ed. (textbook and workbook)


Coursework + exam


JAPANESE 130: 15.0 points


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

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