Uusi opinto-opas (sisältäen myös opetusohjelmat) lukuvuodelle 2018-2019 sijaitsee osoitteessa https://opas.peppi.utu.fi . Tältä sivustolta löytyvät enää vanhat opinto-oppaat ja opetusohjelmat.

The new study guide (incl. teaching schedules) for academic year 2018-2019 can be found at https://studyguide.utu.fi. This site contains only previous years' guides.

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KIJA1001 Japanese: Beginners' Course I 4 ECTS
Organised by
Centre for Language and Communication St./Japanese
Person in charge
Akiko Helle


Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: A1

General description

This year Language Centre will have a new system for choosing students to this course. This involves a period of self-study in Moodle to prepare for the test to gain entry to the actual course:
1. Self-study period of four weeks in Moodle as preparation to the entrance exam. Students will study hiragana characters, numbers, greeting words, and basic words. The teacher will help the students in chat-sessions and forums in Moodle. There will be one face-to-face introductory meeting before the self-study starts.
2. Entrance exam, after which the top 45 students are chosen to take part on the actual course.
3. PLEASE NOTE: No study points are given for the self-study period if you fail the exam and do not get on the course.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to understand and speak Japanese in basic everyday conversation and to communicate in situations such as introducing yourself, telling time, discussing everyday actions, shopping, travelling and going on a date. Students will be able to read and write hiragana, katakana and 29 basic kanji characters.


The course provides grammar and conversation practice, listening and reading comprehension, compositional practice and opportunities for practising hiragana, katakana and kanji characters.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Tutorials 52 h 0 h
Independent work 54 h 0 h

Active participation at 80 % of the classes is required.

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
  • In Japanese
Written exam
  • In Japanese

Participation in classroom work, essay, dialogue tests, mid-test and final exam.


Numeric 0-5.

Study materials

Moodle self-study: Material for the self-study and the entrance test is showed in Moodle and home page of Genki.

Beginners’ class (selected students):GENKI 1 Textbook: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese, Second Edition, The Japan Times, Eri Banno; Yoko Ikeda; Yutaka Ohno; Chikako Shinagawa; Kyoko Tokashiki (2011), ISBN 978-4-7890-1440-3.

Further information

This course is intended for those students who are committed to continue studying Japanese in the Beginners' Course II and Continuation Course. Therefore it is not available for exchange students.

Belongs to following study modules

Centre for Language and Communication Studies
Japanese (Centre for Language and Communication St./Japanese)
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Centre for Language and Communication Studies
Centre for Language and Communication St./English
Centre for Language and Communication St./Spanish
Centre for Language and Communication St./Italian
Centre for Language and Communication St./Japanese
Centre for Language and Communication St./Chinese
Finnish Study Modules
Centre for Language and Comm.Stud./Speech Comm.
Centre for Language and Communication St./French
Centre for Language and Communication St./Swedish
Centre for Language and Communication St./German
Centre for Language and Communication St./Finnish
Centre for Language and Communication St./Russian