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DS1384 Japanese, Advanced Beginners Level II 9.0 credits

NB: This course is from the autumn 2013 replaced by LS1384 Japanese A2

To attend the course, the student must have good knowledge of Japanese. The course enhances the participant’s proficiency in speaking, writing, listening and reading comprehension in a variety of social contexts, and also provides basic reading comprehension of technical and scientific texts.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus DS1384 (Spring 2011–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Reading and oral skills in a variety of situations
  • Pronunciation practice
  • Grammar and vocabulary
  • Learning of another 120 kanji-characters and an introduction to technical terminology
  • Translation exercises of everyday texts as well as simple technical texts with computer support from Japanese to Swedish and vice versa
  • Writing exercises, CV

Intended learning outcomes

EU language portfolio levels A1/B1,

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

  • speak and write the language in everyday situations and simple workplace situations
  • understand and distinguish the main content of clear standard speech on familiar topics
  • use the spoken language in everyday situations when talking about well-known topics
  • write texts, for example thank you letters or requests
  • identify and give an account of facts from simple texts with some connection to specialised topics.

Course disposition

56 lessons divided into 14 sessions x 4 lessons

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

General entrance requirements for university studies. A pass on the compulsory placement test before applying or a pass in Japanese, Advanced Beginners’ Level I, DS1382 or DS1383. See our website for the test and more information,

Recommended prerequisites

2-3 years' study of Japanese 


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Genki I & II, Eri Banno–Yutaka Ohno–Yoko Sakene–Chikako Shinagawa, The 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 - Language Proficiency, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • KON1 - Assigments, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 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 and written examinations (KON1; 3 credits and ANN1; 3 credits), 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 DS1384

Offered by

ECE/Language and Communication

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

Japanese, intermediate level


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.