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Before choosing course

NB: This course is from the autumn 2013 replaced by LS1382 Japanese A1

To attend the course, the participant must have elementary knowledge of Japanese; see below. The course develops the participant’s basic language proficiency in speaking, writing, listening and reading comprehension.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus DS1382 (Autumn 2012–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Practice in understanding and speaking Japanese in everyday situations
  • Pronunciation and intonation
  • Grammar and vocabulary. 70 kanji-characters
  • Practice translation of simple texts from Japanese to Swedish and vice versa
  • Writing exercises, for example letters and simple everyday notes

Intended learning outcomes

EU language portfolio levels A1/B1,

After the course, the student should be able to:

  • use the spoken and written language in simple everyday situations (level A1)
  • understand and give an accurate account (in Swedish) of information from different elementary texts
  • give a short, individually prepared oral presentation in the target language (level A2/B1)
  • use an ideogram dictionary to find unfamiliar ideograms
  • translate simple sentences from Japanese to Swedish and vice versa.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

General entrance requirements for university studies. A pass on the compulsory placement test before applying or a pass in elementary Japanese, DS1380 and DS1381. See our website for the test and more information,

Recommended prerequisites

1-2 years' study of Japanese


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Banno, Eri (red.) Genki: an integrated course in elementary Japanese. 1. Tokyo: Japan Times

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • ANN1 - OralProficiency, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • KONA - Test, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Language Proficiency, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

75% attendance. Oral proficiency (ANN1; 1,5 credits) mid-term tests (KONA; 1,5 credits) and written final examination (TEN1; 3 credits).

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web DS1382

Offered by

ECE/Language and Communication

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

Japanese, Advanced Beginners’ Level II


Yoko Takau Drobin, tel. 790 6076,

Supplementary information

The course has limited participation. Students who are not present at course risk losing their place on the course.

The course programme may be subject to changes and courses with an insufficient number of students can be cancelled or get a reduced number of lessons.