Japanese 1 (JPNS1611)


This beginners' unit introduces basic communication skills in understanding and speaking Japanese. Students will also learn to write the two Japanese syllabaries and approximately 60 kanji characters and to recognise at least 100 kanji characters in context. Relevant socio-cultural information is integrated with the language learning.

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Further unit of study information


2x1hr lectures/week, 2x1hr tutorials/week


continuous class assessment (i.e. weekly quizzes, speaking, writing, listening tests) (equivalent to 2000wds) (50%), 1x2hr exam (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


HSC Japanese Continuers, or HSC Japanese Beginners, or HSC Japanese Background Speakers, or JPNS1113 or JPNS1114, or JPNS1111, or HSC Japanese Extension

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.