2020 Japanese kanji: Basic 1 3QA

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Japanese language and culture courses
Yatabe Yukiko 
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Course description and aims

This course is aimed at students who have studied Japanese before (e.g. half-year basic level study with knowledge of 50-100 kanji) to acquire basic knowledge of Kanji (shape, pronunciation, meaning and combination), and to further acquire basic knowledge of Kanji system and skills for recognizing Kanji through various class activities.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to pronounce and understand the meaning of basic-level Kanji combination words.


Kanji, shape, pronunciation, meaning, combination, network

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Students will learn about 20 new kanji in each class. Class activities will be offered to help students acquire knowledge of kanji and skills for actual usage. Students are given assignments in every class, and are required to take the final exam.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Level test / Class guidance / Kanji introduction Basic kanji system / Kanji for basic words (shape, pronunciation, meaning, and combination)
Class 2 Kanji for time words(時・分・週・年・朝・・・) Students will learn Kanji shape, pronunciation, meaning, and combinations.
Class 3 Kanji for location (上・下・中・・・)/Kanji for adjectives(新・古・高・・・) Students will learn Kanji shape, pronunciation, meaning, and combinations.
Class 4 Kanji for nouns(店・音・手・・・)/Kanji for verbs(聞・話・書・・・) Students will learn Kanji shape, pronunciation, meaning, and combinations.
Class 5 Kanji for nouns(国・館・員・・・)/Kanji for verbs (入・出・始・・・) Students will learn Kanji shape, pronunciation, meaning, and combinations.
Class 6 Kanji for adjectives(長・短・多・・・)/ Kanji for season and family(春・夏・家・父・母・・・) Students will learn Kanji shape, pronunciation, meaning, and combinations.
Class 7 Final examination and Feedback Kanji network

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Original material

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Will be introduced in the class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Class performance 20%, Assignment 20%, Final examination 60%
Students are required to attend more than 60% of the scheduled classes to take the final exam.

Related courses

  • LAJ.T416 : Japanese kanji: Basic 2

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Only for international students whose Japanese proficiency is equivalent to upper-basic level with knowledge of 50-100 kanji. Applicants are required to take Kanji level test.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

YATABE Yukiko, yuaranka[at]krc.biglobe.ne.jp

Office hours

Tuesday 15:15-16:15 (Contact by E-mail in advance to schedule an appointment)


You must reserve your place in the class in advance using Japanese class online system (http://js.ila.titech.ac.jp/~web). You will not be allowed to attend the class without reservation.

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