Prospective Students

Survival Japanese (Beginner Level) (Term2)

Is this your first-time learning Japanese?
From the first day of the course, you will learn basic expressions that you can really use in your daily life in Japan, while actually trying to use them.
This will be a great first step for you.


1 Subject Survival Japanese (Beginner Level) (Term2)
2 Field Japanese Language
3 Key words Zero beginner, Grammar, Communication, Conversation
4 Unit 0.5
5 Lecturer TBA
6 Period July 10 - 14, 2023
7 Time 8:30-10:00am (Japan Standard Time)
8 Lecture style Online (live virtual class)
9 Evaluation Criteria Excellent (S) 90 –100%; Very good (A) 80–89%; Good (B) 70–79%; Pass (C) 60–69%; Fail (D) 0–59%
10 Evaluation methods Attendance and Participation 55%, Assignments 25%, Review Quizzes 20%
11 Prerequisites
  • Only students who are registered for one of the non-language GUC courses are allowed to apply.
  • This course is aimed for complete beginners with no previous knowledge of the Japanese language.
  • This course can be taken without any knowledge of Hiragana and Katakana.
12 Contents Purpose
The aim of this course is to provide beginner level international students with useful Japanese phrases and vocabulary necessary to deal with their situations in daily communication. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to learn the following:
・Useful expressions: greetings, self-introduction, etc.
・Basic words and phrases: indicating time, prices, etc.
・Basic conversation in daily life: shopping, having a meal, etc.

This course is offered as online (live virtual class). This course is designed so that you will be able to use your Japanese in your daily life in Japan and communicate with the people in a variety of settings. In this 5-day course, you will learn the minimum level of daily Japanese for survival. You will be able to ask for the meaning of unknown words in Japanese and ask for help if you do not understand the language. Students will learn elementary grammar and vocabulary through practicing the in class. They will also learn conversation skills based for different situations, especially through a form of interviewing called "Conversation Challenge".
*This is a combination of lecture and interactive class that simulates face-to-face sessions. In principle, therefore, the students are requested to have their camera on during the class.  Active participation is strongly encouraged.
Session 1:
・Goal: CAN~ offer something, make request, ask permission with minimum Japanese
・Items: expressions for greetings, Noun sentences, 'N no N', Number (up to 100) etc.
・Goal: CAN~ ask for  necessary things at stores, restaurants, etc.
・Items: 'N des ka?', 'arimaska?', Number (up to 10,000), Counting money etc.
Session 3:
・Goal: CAN~ ask about events:
・Items: Interrogative words, Particle 'tte' etc.
Session 4:
・Goal: CAN~ talk about daily life
・Items: Verb sentences, Invitation, Day of the week, Time word (days) etc.
Session 5:
・Goal: CAN~ get information, recommended restaurants and shops
・Items:'Vtai n des kedo.' 'doo des ka?' etc.

Students are required to complete a worksheet provided everyday (1-2 pages). Students are expected to spend about one hour everyday reviewing the day's lesson.
13 Required readings Center's original materials
14 Reference readings Will be offered in the class.
15 Notes on Taking the Course This Survival Japanese Course has the same content as the one offered during the Term1.


UTokyo Global Unit Courses
International Exchange Group, Education and Student Support Department,
The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8652 JAPAN

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