JAP0501 - Japanese 1


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination and Oral examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 50/100 4 hours F
Oral examination 50/100 10 minutes

Course content

The course provides an introduction to the Japanese language with emphasis on pronunciation, listening comprehension, written language and basic grammar. It also presents aspects of Japanese culture and society through texts and conversations. Students planning to study in Japan are encouraged to take this course.

Learning outcome

Candidates who have passed this course
-know all modern Japanese characters (46 hiragana and 46 katakana) and ca. 40 Kanji (Chinese characters used in Japanese).
-know approximately 300 basic words.
-have knowledge of the principles for pronunciation and intonation of simple expressions.
-have knowledge of central aspects of Japanese culture related to vocabulary.

Candidates who have passed this course
-can read and write simple sentences using Japanese characters and Kanji.
-can construct simple, grammatically correct sentences.
-can analyze the structure of simple Japanese sentences.
-can talk about some simple subjects in Japanese.
- can understand simple Japanese spoken slowly and clearly.
- can use suitable expressions (for example greetings) in the given situations of conversation.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises, obligatory assignments.

Compulsory assignments

  • 1 oral presentation
  • 1 written assignment

Further on evaluation

- Written exam (4 hours), counts for 50% of the grade.
- Oral examination (10 minutes), counts for 50% of the grade.
Both parts of the exam are graded together. Students who fail must sit both parts again.

If the candidate does not pass the exam there is no need to deliver new assignments in order to qualify for another first retry.

Specific conditions

Limited admission to classes.

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

The course has restricted admission.

For more information: http://www.ntnu.no/studier/opptak/emneopptak

Course materials

An introduction to Japanese, for example: "An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese" (ch 1-6) and other handouts.


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Written examination and Oral examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 50/100
Autumn ORD Written examination 50/100 F 2018-12-18 15:00
Spring ORD Oral examination 50/100
Spring ORD Written examination 50/100 F
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.