Universität Wien FIND

150108 UE Japanese Grammar I (2021W)

6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 15 - Ostasienwissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work

Registration for all classes, please (Introduction, Jap. Grammar und Japanese Communication)
In diese Übung werden bevorzugt Studierende der Betriebswirtschaft, der Internationalen Betriebswirtschaft sowie Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft Ostasiens aufgenommen.


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


max. 25 participants
Language: English, Japanese


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

COURSE TYPE: on-site and/or online, synchronous in principle.

Our core time-slot is 15:00 (sharp) to 16:30 on Wednesdays, though that may be extended by up to two hours if needed. Classes will be held on site when that is practical [possible dates see below], online (via teleconference) otherwise. The first session is on the 20th, on site; attendance is mandatory.

Wednesday 20.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Wednesday 27.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Wednesday 03.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Wednesday 10.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Wednesday 17.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Wednesday 24.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Wednesday 01.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 15.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Wednesday 12.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Wednesday 19.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Wednesday 26.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Wednesday 02.02. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32


Aims, contents and method of the course

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

The Introduction to the Japanese Language is a prerequisite for both Japanese Grammar I (this course) and Japanese Communication. All three are intended to be taken together in the same semester, please register for all three from the start.

Grammar I will cover the basics of Japanese grammar as well as some everyday vocabulary and elementary kanji.

* proficiency in English —you should obviously be comfortable with the idea of studying a foreign language in English, C1 strongly recommended
* about 10 h/week available to dedicate to the class (that’s just G1, and including holiday weeks)
* stable broadband connection, PC, technical means for tele-conferencing and high-quality voice recording and image scanning
* Introduction to the Japanese Language
* advance registration
* textbook, see “reading list”
* must meet current requirements for on-site sessions [“3G” at the time of writing]

At the end of this course students should
* be able to read, understand and translate into English basic Japanese sentences and dialogues;
* understand and be able to explain the grammar underlying these texts;
* have a vocabulary of at least ~500 words (active and passive) and ~200 kanji (passive only);
* be able to form correct (not necessarily idiomatic) sentences and short dialogues based on this knowledge.

The focus will be on constructively building an understanding of Japanese grammar and vocabulary by way of Japanese-English translation. (The students will put this in active use, e.g. conversation, essay writing &c., in Japanese Communication.)

Students prepare for each lesson with the help of the material provided on Moodle, meaning that they should know the lesson’s vocabulary, have an idea of how the new grammar works, be able to read the text, even offer up a translation. Face-time is meant primarily for questions, review/testing, and such, though we’ll run through the week’s content together, time permitting.

To give an impression of the pace: The plan is to cover about one lesson of the textbook per week (excluding holidays), finishing at least lesson 9, ideally lesson 11.

Assessment and permitted materials

This course uses continuous assessment (hat immanenten Prüfungscharakter). The idea is that students don’t study for, say, a particular test but simply keep up with the course—and demonstrate that regularly. As such students may be asked to perform a variety of tasks, online and/or offline, with little or no prior announcement, and their entire activity over the course of the semester may be used for assessment.

These tasks will be in the form of short revision tests, but possibly also, less formally, oral revision, ad-hoc questions, homework. Naturally, kanji, vocabulary, and grammar knowledge are on the menu, but also, for example, graded reading (fluency & pronunciation), oral translation, ad-hoc reading comprehension and grammar questions, dictation, listening and listening comprehension exercises, research on specific points of grammar and so forth.

Insofar as that includes test-like tasks, that is, work to be completed within a specific time period on the order of minutes to a few hours, these are full open book if held online, but no materials or aids are generally permitted if held on-site.

Naturally not all questions, exercises and the like count as a small task, some are just off-the-record practice, but there may still be an impact on active participation. Some weeks may have no tasks, others multiple.

Speaking of active participation, active participation in class and on the forums, e.g. being prepared, asking and answering questions, volunteering to read and translate, contributes to the grade. It, as well as cooperation between students, is very much encouraged and deemed an important element of the course.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

* Students who don’t show up for the first session will be de-registered.
* Since COVID19 renders conventional attendance requirements unenforcible, there is none. (beyond the first session). However, there generally won’t be any opportunities to re-do missed tasks.
* Students must prove they fulfil the current requirements re. COVID19 and follow best practices, including staying home when they (or somebody they live with) feel ill or have any symptoms, or else be denied entry to the classroom. Giving false information will result in expulsion from the course.
* There is a strict zero tolerance policy on cheating, plagiarism, and ghost-writing (including machine-translation).

* More than 60 percentage points are required to pass the course (>60 → 4/D, >70 → 3/C, >80 → 2/B, >90 → 1/A), comprising tasks (85 %) and active participation (15 %).
Finally, up to 5 percentage points may be awarded / docked at the sole discretion of the lecturer.

The task score is calculated by considering all tasks a student ought to have done, dropping the worst scores, and averaging the rest.

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, as well as grammar sheets and forum discussions.

Reading list

Textbook: Bunka shokyū nihongo I. Tekisuto. Kaiteiban. Bonjinsha 2013 [ISBN 978-4-89358-858-6]
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

Last modified: We 15.03.2023 00:18