Basic Japanese I

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Modern Languages
Course Code
MODL 1171
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Course Designation
Certificate in Global Competency
Industry Designation
Typically Offered


Course Description
This course is designed for students who have little or no knowledge of Japanese. It is aimed at developing basic oral and written communicative skills through the study of vocabulary, grammar, and culture. Japanese is spoken in class as much as possible.
Course Content

Systematic introduction of:

  1. Basic syntactic structures
  2. Basic lexicon
  3. Elements of kanji
  4. The phonological system of Japanese
  5. Some aspects of Japanese culture.
Learning Activities

The functional-communicative approach is used. 

Classroom activities may include: presentation of material by the instructor, practice in pairs and small groups, listening comprehension, audio-visual presentations, task-based conversation practice, and student presentations.

Conversation labs in small groups with a Native Language Assistant.

Means of Assessment
Written Evaluations
(May include but not limited to writing and reading exercises, chapter tests, paragraph writing, written homework, preparation, Final Written Exam)
Oral Evaluations
(May include but not limited to oral tests, oral presentations, listening comprehension, conversation lab, attendance, preparation, class participation, Final Oral Exam)

No single evaluation will be worth more than 20%.

Learning Outcomes

The student will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in Japanese at the basic level in:

  1. Aural comprehension of simple discourse.
  2. Reading comprehension of simplified texts, both in Romanized and Japanese letters (hiragana and katakana and a minimum of 50 kanji).
  3. Speech delivery, such as extending greetings, asking simple questions and giving replies, describing eventsin present and past tenses, making simple requests, and asking for permissions.
  4. Written expression, such as short paragraphs and dialogues, using hiragana, katakana and kanji.
  5. Understanding target cultures.
Textbook Materials

A beginner-level Japanese textbook such as:

  • Banno et al. GENKI: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese I. 
  • The Japan Times.
  • Accompanying workbook and audio materials



No prerequisite courses.


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for MODL 1171
Camosun College (CAMO) CAMO JAPN 100 (3)
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU JAPN 100 (4)
Coquitlam College (COQU) COQU JAPA 100 (3)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU JAPN 1100 (3)
Langara College (LANG) LANG JAPN 1115 (3)
Okanagan College (OC) OC JAPN 111 (3)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU JAPN 100 (3)
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU JAPA 1110 (3)
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU JAPA 101 (3)
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO JPST 100 (3)
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV JAPN 100 (3)
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC INTS 121 (3)
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV JAPN 101 (3)
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU JAPA 100 (3)

Course Offerings

Summer 2023