Academic year
2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LT007N (AF:343176 AR:182940)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Class 2
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
Course year
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This course is one of the core subjects of the third year of the Japan curriculum of the Bachelor's Degree Programme "Language, Culture and Society of Asia and Mediterranean Africa". Its educational objects fall within the area of learning language skills. At the end of the course, students are expected to acquire in-depth knowledge of Japanese grammar and writing systems (kanji) through face-to-face lessons and exercisesdrills with native speakers. They are able to conduct conversations and compose/read advanced texts in authentic communicative contexts. The level that students should reach at the end of the course should be around a B1+ level of the CEFR (around the N3 level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test). This class is a part of the Japanese language program; it is in continuity with the "Japanese language 1", "Japanese language 2" and "Japanese language 3.1" courses of the previous semester.
B1 Level - Threshold or intermediate
1. Knowledge and understanding
- to complete the knowledge of the grammatical structures of pre-intermediate-level Japanese
- to complete the knowledge of pre-intermediate-level writing system (kana and kanji) and vocabulary
- to know and understand the functioning of the grammatical structures of intermediate-level Japanese
- to know and understand variations in the register and communication pragmatics of intermediate-level Japanese
- to know and understand key concepts and the essential terminology required to describe in a scientific way the phenomena studied during the class

2. Applying knowledge and understanding:
- to demonstrate a general understanding of intermediate grammar structures
- to be able to effectively read, understand and summarise Japanese texts of intermediate level
- to know how to interact in the communicative situations described by the B1 level of the CEFR
- to know how to understand and produce oral and written texts in agreement with the B1 level of the CEFR
- to be able to translate intermediate-level written texts from Japanese into Italian, following the instructions provided during the course
- to refine the utilization of the electronic dictionary and other translation tools

3. Making judgements:
- to be able to express basic concepts and produce examples to support or refute them in Japanese
- to be able to autonomously produce translation choices on the basis of the indications provided during class
- to be able to critically test current myths and prejudices about the Japanese language (eg presumed untranslatability, opacity, etc.)

4. Communication:
- written and oral comprehension and production skills and oral interaction required by the B1 level of the CEFR
- to be able, during classes, to interact with one's peers, with the teacher and with the CELs in a critical and respectful way

5. Lifelong learning skills:
- to be able to take notes pertinently and effectively
- to be able to consult the texts and reference materials suggested in the course bibliography
- to be able to develop the skills acquired in the course to undertake higher studies.
Lower Intermediate Japanese (Level N4 JLPT).
Having achieved the learning results of the "Japanese language 2" class and having passed the second-year exam of Japanese language.
Knowledge of the basic categories of sentence analysis.
Academic Japanese Listening Comprehension (30 hrs: UTSUMI Hirofumi); exercises on texbook (60 hrs: Yoshida Momoko; 60 hrs: Nishida Shoko); group activities (Nishida Shoko, Sugiyama Ikuko, Suzuki Akane, Mariko Aya, Itami Yoko).
Attendance, although not compulsory, is strongly recommended.
No additional readings are required for non-attending students.
Mandatory textbook and drill books:
①TOBIRA: Gateway to Advanced Japanese (Oka M., Tsutsui M., Kondo J., Emori S., Hanai Y., Ishikawa S.), Tokyo, Kuroshio Publishers, 2009.
②TOBIRA: Power Up Your KANJI (Oka M., Ishikawa S., Kondo J., Tsutsui M., Emori S., Hanai Y.), Tokyo, Kuroshio Publishers, 2010.
③TOBIRA: Grammar Power - Exercises for Mastery (Tsutsui M., Emori S., Hanai Y., Ishikawa S., Oka M., Kondo J.), Tokyo, Kuroshio Publishers, 2012.

One of the following grammar textbooks is mandatory:
④ Grammatica Giapponese Seconda edizione, (Mastrangelo M., Ozawa N., Saito M.), Milano, Hoepli, 2012.
⑤ Grammatica di Giapponese Moderno (Kubota), Venezia, Cafoscarina, 1989.

Suggested online tools:
⑥ jalea.unive.it (grammar); a4edu.unive.it (japanese-italian online dictionary).

NB: The materials of Academic Japanese will be provided in the classroom and Moodle by the teacher.
The course "Japanese Language 3.2" lasts one semester. At the end of the semester, there will be a final examination consisting of:
1. written tests: kanji, grammar, comprehension and summary;
2. writing an essay in Japanese;
3. oral presentation test on the essay.

The final grade will be determined by the average of the above tests.
Successful completion of "Japanese Language 3.1" is a prerequisite for success in "Japanese Language 3.2".
The 12 CFU associated with the course will be awarded after the final examination has been passed.
Face-to-face (and/or remote) lectures and exercises.
The lessons will be characterised by intense interaction. Active participation in the lessons is required so that participants can develop an independent linguistic awareness through the exercises presented in class by the teacher.
Online exercises with study materials are uploaded on each teacher's MOODLE page.
For CEL programmes, please refer to the respective MOODLE pages.
written and oral

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Cities, infrastructure and social capital" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 21/11/2021