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150050 UE Introduction to the Japanese Language (2019W)

3.00 ECTS (1.00 SWS), SPL 15 - Ostasienwissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work

Registration for all classes, please (Introduction, Jap. Grammatik und Kommunikation Japanisch)


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


max. 30 participants
Language: English, Japanese


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 02.10. 13:25 - 15:25 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Friday 04.10. 08:30 - 10:30 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Wednesday 09.10. 13:25 - 15:25 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Friday 11.10. 08:30 - 10:30 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Wednesday 16.10. 13:25 - 15:25 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05


Aims, contents and method of the course

Please direct questions concerning registration for BJ1 to the SSS/SPL, not the lecturers.

This course will provide an overview of the features and structure of the Japanese language and writing system. Reading and writing of the hiragana and katakana syllabaries will also be covered. It is designed to prepare students for Japanische Grammatik I [Japanese Grammar I] and Kommunikation auf Japanisch [Japanese Communication] later in the semester. As such, it’s a prerequisite for both these courses.

* proficiency in English (should obviously be comfortable with the idea of studying a foreigen language in English, C1 strongly recommended)
* about 30 h/week for self-study
* advance registration
* textbook (see below)

* being able to write hiragana and katakana is not required, but strongly recommended, as it does provide a head start

At the end of this course students should
* know some basic info about the Japanese language and writing system;
* be able to read and write hiragana and katakana with some fluency;
* have some familiarity with studying kanji (and have some 30-50 under their belt already);
* know a few basic Japanese words, phrases and short dialogues.

The bulk of face time will be taken up by a series of introductory lectures and the tests (see below). Time permitting, there may also be exercises in class, but in general revision & practical application will necessarily be left to self-study (and the main courses).

Assessment and permitted materials

This course uses continuous assessment (hat immanenten Prüfungscharakter). Specifically, there are three written tests, one every unit except the first one and one other, TBA.

All tests are closed book, no materials or aids are permitted (suitable exceptions can be made on request for students with a handicap).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

* Attendance is mandatory. No-shows for the first unit will have their registration revoked immediately; missing more than 1 of the 4 remaining units results in a failing grade. Tardiness may be counted as absence at the discretion of the lecturer.
* There is a strict zero tolerance policy on cheating and plagiarism.
* More than 60 percentage points are required to pass the course (>60 → 4/D, >70 → 3/C, >80 → 2/B, >90 → 1/A), comprising three written tests (29/32/39 %).

Examination topics

Everything covered in class and/or on the e-learning platform (Moodle), including, but not limited to, the presentations/slides, textbook, vocabulary & kanji lists. All tests are cumulative and cover everything that came before.

Reading list

Textbook: Bunka shokyū nihongo I. Tekisuto. Kaiteiban.
Available at Facultas bookshop in “Hof 1” on Campus.

Additional material may be distributed in class and/or via the e-learning platform (Moodle).

Association in the course directory

JMA M1 for Ecos-students,
EC Wirtschaftskommunikation Japanisch I

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