Faculty of Arts


Japanese Language 2A

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for JAPANESE 231.


This course is for those who have passed JAPANESE 131 or who have achieved at least 16 points in Level 3 NCEA Japanese (or equivalent). The course aims to further develop the basic proficiency in modern Japanese necessary to communicate in everyday-life situations. As with JAPANESE 131, this course provides a range of exercises and activities to develop communicative use of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in various situations as well as strategies to enhance and support these skills. The prescribed textbook can be obtained from the University Bookshop. Students must attend the plenary lecture plus streamed classes.


The purpose of the course is to consolidate understanding of Japanese grammar while further developing communicative skills. Classroom activities and homework assignments are designed to help students achieve a practical command of the language. At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Express their intentions, desires, determinations; make a polite request, an apology, a suggestion, etc.
  • Listen and understand dialogues and passages on various topics.
  • Read and comprehend written passages on various topics.
  • Write short essays on a selected topic using up to 224 kanji.

View the course syllabus

Availability 2018

Semester 1


Lecturer(s)  Chako Amano


Genki II: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese 2nd Edition (textbook and workbook)


60% coursework + 40% exam


JAPANESE 231: 15.0 points


JAPANESE 131 or approval of Academic Head or nominee


JAPANESE 230, 239. May not be taken if a more advanced language acquisition course in this subject has previously been passed

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