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DS1386 Japanese, Intermediate Level 9.0 credits

NB: This course is from the autumn 2013 replaced by LS1386 Japanese B1

The course is designed for students with very good knowledge of the language. The aim of the course is to improve the students’ practical language proficiency in Japanese, so that they manage general situations.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus DS1386 (Autumn 2012–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Exercises on the comprehension of Japanese in a variety of situations
  • Exercises on expressing both spoken and written opinions about chosen subjects
  • Grammar and vocabulary
  • Learning of another 100 kanji-characters
  • Translation exercises of a variety of texts
  • Writing exercises, short reports related to the student's own area of study

Intended learning outcomes

EU language portfolio levels A2/B1,

After the course, the student should be able to

  • identify the main content of (short) oral presentations on well-known topics
  • express his/her own views in a coherent text as well as write texts and give a simple oral presentation on a chosen topic
  • understand clear messages and information and speak Japanese in everyday situations
  • identify and give an account in Swedish of facts from authentic texts with some connection to specialised topics
  • translate Japanese texts on familiar professional/technical topics with the aid of a web-based translation programme
  • state basic facts and search for certain information on Japan.

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 Japanese, Advanced Beginners’ Level II, DS1384. See our website for the test and more information,

Recommended prerequisites

3-4 years’ study of Japanese


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Banno, Eri (red.) Genki: an integrated course in elementary Japanese. 2. 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 - Language Proficiency, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • KON1 - Assignments, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, grading scale: 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 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 DS1386

Offered by

ECE/Language and Communication

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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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.