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Undergraduate Course: Japanese 1 (ASST08002)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryAn integrated introduction to spoken and written Japanese for those with little or no previous knowledge of the language. The course will include kana writing (the Japanese phonetic writing), and an introduction to some kanji (Japanese Characters), approximately 150 to 250. A good deal of private study is necessary to meet the requirements of the course.
The course provides essential grounding for the second year Japanese language course (Japanese 2A, ASST08006) and subsequent study to Japanese Honours Degree level.
This course is also recommended as a continuation of Introductory Japanese 2 (ASST07002).
This course is not available to native or near-native speakers of Japanese. If in doubt, contact the Course Organiser.

All students will be given a formative feedback exercise that will be helpful for the assessment for this course and students' general academic development.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs textbooks (approximate costs: Genki 1 textbook: £45.50; Genki 1 workbook: £20.50; Kanji Look and Learn Textbook: £23.50; Kanji Look and Learn workbook: £15.50 @JP Books before a student discount applied)
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
To provide a structured introduction to Japanese grammar
To enable students to read and write hiragana, katakana and about 150-250 kanji characters, and to use Japanese for simple spoken and written communication.
Reading List
Essential textbooks:

1. GENKI: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese I [Second Edition]
[ With a CD-ROM for Win & Mac ]
Author: Eri Banno, Yoko Ikeda, Yutaka Ohno, Chikako Shinagawa, Kyoko Tokashiki,
ISBN 978-4-7890-1440-3, Publisher: The Japan Times, Published: 11/02/2011.

2. GENKI: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Workbook I [Second Edition] [ With a CD-ROM for Win & Mac ]
Author: Eri Banno, Yoko Ikeda, Yutaka Ohno, Chikako Shinagawa, Kyoko Tokashiki,
ISBN 978-4-7890-1441-0, Publisher: The Japan Times, Published: 11/02/2011.

Kanji Workshop textbook:

1. Kanji Look And Learn Textbook:
Authors: Eri Banno, Yoko Ikeda, Chikako Shinagawa, Kaori Tajima, Kyoko Tokashiki
ISBN: 9784789013499, Publisher: Japan Times Published: May 2009.

2. Kanji Look And Learn Workbook:
Authors: Eri Banno, Yoko Ikeda, Chikako Shinagawa, Kaori Tajima, Kyoko Tokashiki
ISBN: 9784789013505, Publisher: Japan Times, Published: June 2009.

Useful textbooks for kanji for self study:

Kanji text book: Chieko Kano et al., Basic Kanji Book I (Tokyo: Bonjinsha, 1989)

1. The Japan Foundation Basic Japanese-English Dictionary (Tokyo/Oxford: Bonjinsha & Oxford U.P., 1986)

2. Kenkyusha¿s New Japanese-English and English-Japanese Dictionaries

3. Haig, John W. ed., The New Nelson Japanese-English Character Dictionary, based on the classical edition by Andrew N Nelson (Tokyo: Tuttle 1997)

4. Hadamitzy, Wolfgang and Mark Spahn eds., Japanese Character Dictionary with compound lookup via any kanji (Boston: Cheng and Tsui 1991)

Other recommendations will be provided in the course handbook.
Additional Information
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Please note that students should be enrolled and take the placement test by the end of week 1.
Additional Class Delivery Information 6 hour(s) per week for 22 week(s). Plus 1-hour compulsory oral tutorial(Tue 14.10-15.00 / 15.10-16.00 / Wed 10.00-10.50),and additional Kanji workshop (1 hour per week, Monday 14.10-15.00), which is compulsory for the students who are intending to proceed to MA Honours Japanese / MA Honours Japanese & Linguistics. Otherwise, Kanji workshop is optional.

The essential textbook and workbook will be needed from the second class (Tuesday in the first week), so it is strongly advised to buy them well in advance at JP-Books ( if this course is compulsary for you (e.g. MA Japanese students).
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Course organiserMs Fumiko Narumi-Munro
Tel: (0131 6)50 6971
Course secretaryMr David Horn
Tel: (0131 6)50 4227
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