JAP126 Japanese language I.

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Marek Mikeš (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Luboš Bělka, CSc.
Department of Japanese Studies - Asia Studies Centre - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Japanese Studies - Asia Studies Centre - Faculty of Arts
Mon 16:00–17:40 B2.13
No prior knowledge of Japanese is required. Students are required to register this course together with course JAPX101. The course is dedicated for students not enrolled in the Japanese studies programme.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 160 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 86/160, only registered: 0/160, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/160
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The objective of the course consists in providing a basic knowledge of spoken Japanese for beginners who have no prior knowledge of the language. The course aims at the development of speaking and listening skills. Hiragana and katakana will be used throughout the course. At the end of the course, successful students should be able to participate in simple communicative acts using Japanese (limited to the most elementary situations).
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course students will be able to
define the principles of constructing simple Japanese sentences; translate the meaning of simple Japanese sentences;
apply learned vocabulary, grammatical rules and sentence patterns in basic communication;
distinguish some of the basic categories of Japanese grammar;
construct simple sentences;
judge the accuracy of applying learned grammatical rules, vocabulary and sentence patterns in the most common life situations .
  • 1. Introduction to the structure of the course, basic characteristics of the Japanese language;
  • 2. Self-introduction, topical sentence structure, basic questions;
  • 3. Attributive constructions with the particle no, basic number expressions;
  • 4. Vocabulary, time expressions I, age expressions, review;
  • 5. Demonstratives I, negative form of copula, phraseology;
  • 6. Demonstratives II, particle mo in topical sentence structure, Japanese food;
  • 7. Vocabulary, number expressions, shopping;
  • 8. Review, basic constructions with verbs, verbs of movement;
  • 9. Vocabulary and phraseology, conjugation of verbs, action verbs;
  • 10. Constructions with verbs, case particles, time expressions II;
  • 11. Polite offer, polite invitation, adverbs, vocabulary;
  • 12. Final review.
    recommended literature
  • BANNO, Eri. Genki : an integrated course in elementary Japanese. 1st ed. Tokyo: Japan Times, 2000. 136 s. ISBN 4789010015. info
    not specified
  • Kenneth G. Henshall, Tetsuo Takagaki (1990, 2003) Guide to Learning Hiragana & Katakana: First Steps to Reading and Writing Japanese. Tokyo: Tuttle Publishing.
  • • Kiyo Saka: Speak Japanese, Book 1: A Textbook for Young Students. Japan Publication Trading.
  • • Japanese for Busy People, romanized version. Kodansha International.
Teaching methods
Lectures – theoretical introduction, reading exercises, listening exercises, conversation training.
Assessment methods
Final written test (score 70% or higher on the final exam). Students are required to attend at least 70% of classes.
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
General note: Předmět je určen i pro studenty mimo mateřské obory.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018.
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