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905042Y Elementary Course in Japanese 1, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 905042Y  Validity 01.08.1995 -
Name Elementary Course in Japanese 1  Abbreviation Elementary Cour 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeLanguage and Communication Studies Discipline8009 Language studies, Japanese 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Languages and Communication 

Proficiency level 

A1 on the CEFR scale


This course is optional. It 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


Autumn term

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 writing system. The student is familiarised with kana characters and the best ways to learn them. The student learns useful phrases and works with a partner or in a small group and practises speaking and listening comprehension with the help of dialogue examples. The student also practises vocabulary in interview exercises, games and pair and group work (basic idioms, numbers, days of the week, locations, nationalities, family members and basic adjectives and verbs). The grammar covered by the course unit includes the dictionary and masu forms of verbs, the dictionary forms of adjectives, the negative form, the forms of the imperfect tense and the basic syllables: ha (pronounced wa) , ga, mo, wo, ni, de etc.

Mode of delivery 

Contact teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

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

Target group 

Students of the University of Oulu. Students of other faculties, exchange students and students of the University of Applied Sciences in Oulu may also participate, provided that there is space in the group. For the time being, the students of the University of Applied Sciences apply for a special study right. 

Prerequisites and co-requisites 


Recommended optional programme components 

905057Y Japanese KANA and 905050Y KANJI Course for Beginners 1

Recommended or required reading 

More information about the book will be avaiable on August. 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

Working life cooperation 


Other information 

Students sign up for the course in WebOodi. If you do not yet have your WebOodi username and password, or if the sign-up period has passed, sign up by emailing the teacher.


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No instruction in WebOodi

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