Faculty of Arts


Japanese Language 2A

Please note: this is archived course information from 2017 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) - see First time enrolment in language courses for more detail. 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.


By the end of the course, you should have improved your ability to:

  • orally communicate in various situations using learned expressions and grammatical patterns in a socially appropriate form (eg, plain, polite and some forms of honorific forms).
  • read and understand passages written in various topics and styles using learned expressions and grammatical patterns.
  • write a short essay on a set topic commensurate with the level of this course following a suggested format.
  • translate short passages from Japanese into English and vice versa accurately.

View the course syllabus

Availability 2017

Semester 1


Lecturer(s)  Michiyo Mori


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


Coursework + 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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