Japanese (A1)

JAP10 Japanese (A1)

Autumn 2024

  • Topics

    JAP10 Japanese (A1) is the first of two elective courses in Japanese at NHH. JAP10 introduces Japanese written and spoken language for use in everyday situations. The course also provides factual knowledge about the Japanese society. The course requires no prior knowledge of Japanese.

    Level (CEFR): A1

  • Learning outcome

    Upon successful completion of the course, the student has acquired the following:


    • Has knowledge of Japanese geography and demography, historical eras, the development of the Japanese written language, the education system, living conditions, holidays, local transport and food.
    • Has an elementary vocabulary related to home, school, holidays, transport/travel, food and drink.


    • Can read and write hiragana, katakana and approx. 60 kanji.
    • Can understand and produce single spoken phrases and written sentences on everyday topics.
    • Can establish simple social contact using greetings and other polite phrases.

    General competence

    • Shows understanding for other ways of thinking and communicating.

  • Teaching

    The course is organized as interactive group teaching with a mixture of lectures, group work and writing and review of assignments. The course requires active participation.

  • Required prerequisites

    No prerequisite knowledge required

  • Compulsory Activity

    Workbook, 6 hand-ins approx. every second week from February.

  • Assessment

    1,5-hour individual home exam

  • Grading Scale

    Pass / Fail


ECTS Credits
Teaching language
Primarily taught in Norwegian and Japanese but may include English when necessary.

Spring. Offered spring 2023.