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ay905042Y Elementary Course in Japanese 1 (OPEN UNI), 5 ECTS cr 
Code ay905042Y  Validity 01.08.2012 -
Name Elementary Course in Japanese 1 (OPEN UNI)  Abbreviation Elementary Cour 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeLanguage and Communication Studies Discipline8009 Language studies, Japanese 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit University of Oulu, Open University 

Proficiency level 

A1 on the CEFR scale


This course may be included in the language minor (25 ECTS) in OBS. The course may also be included in Language, Cultural and Communication Studies (the KieKuVi module). Voluntary for students who study Japanese Studies as a minor subject.

Required proficiency level 

For beginners. No previous studies required.

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits

Language of instruction 

Japanese / Finnish


Kurssi järjestetään syyslukukaudella.

Learning outcomes 

Upon completion of the course the student should be able to communicate both orally and in writing by using simple phrases and idioms. The student should be able to introduce himself/herself and his/her family and discuss daily and weekly events using relevant basic vocabulary. The student should be familiar with the basics of Japanese etiquette and customs.


The course unit offers the student basic information about Japanese grammar and essential vocabulary for everyday situations. The student will participate in various kinds of exercises such as pair/group conversation, listening, making example sentences, text comprehension and textbook exercises.

Mode of delivery 

Contact teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

4 hours of teaching per week (2 sessions) and independent study.

Target group 

Open university students

Prerequisites and co-requisites 


Recommended optional programme components 

905047Y Japanese KANA Course.

Recommended or required reading 

Textbook: T. Karppinen, Japanin kielen alkeet 1, Finn Lecture.

Students will be provided with some additional material by the teacher.

Assessment methods and criteria 

Regular and active participation in contact teaching and final exam.

Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.


1 - 5 / fail

Person responsible 

Takako Karppinen

Other information 

Pohjois-Pohjanmaan kesäyliopisto / Oulu

PL 2437 (Kauppurienkatu 8B, 2. krs)
90014 Oulun yliopisto
Puhelin: (08) 321 4073, 321 4075
Faksi: (08) 370 180
WWW: http://www.pohjois-pohjanmaankesayliopisto.

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