JAP0501 - Japanese 1


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 55/100 10 minutes E
School exam 45/100 2 hours E

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

General competence

Candidates who have passed this course

  • have basic knowledge of Japanese script, pronunciation and grammar
  • can read and write simple texts and have simple conversations in Japanese

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises, obligatory assignments.

Compulsory assignments

  • 1 written assignment
  • 1 oral presentation

Further on evaluation


- Written exam (2 hours) that counts as 45% of the final grade.

- Oral examination (approx. 10 minutes) that counts as 55% of the final grade.

Both parts of the exam are graded, but only the final grade will be listed on official diplomas and transcripts of records from NTNU. Both the written exam and the oral examination must receive the grade E or better in order for the student to receive a passing grade. If a student fails one or both parts of the exam, they must retake both parts of the exam. If a student resits a passed exam, they must retake both parts of the exam.

Specific conditions

Required previous knowledge

The course has restricted admission. For more information:

Course materials

Course book in Japanese: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese: Genki I, 3rd. ed.(kap.1-6) and other handouts.

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: First degree


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024
Extraordinary deadline for course registration: 2024-06-01

Language of instruction: English, Japanese

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Japanese
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Language and Literature


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 45/100 E PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Oral examination 55/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 45/100 E PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 55/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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.

For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"

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