Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


- You will be able to introduce yourself and greet people in Japanese.

- You will be able to talk about simple things concerning yourself and ask others about the same (name, home country, major, location of your school, age).

- You will be able to refer to objects, count them and ask for things around you.

- You are able to use a variety of time expressions and are able to talk about when something happens.

- You will be able to talk about your everyday life (what you do, where, when, how often and with whom), and talk about current or future ( non-past ) and past events.

- You will recognise and understand some of the cultural features and customs typical of Japanese culture and be able to act accordingly.

- You will know the hiragana and katakana syllabaries as well as their variations and combinations and will get to know about 20 Kanji characters.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 24.09.2021 - 19.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Tytti Tuomi

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period): A1

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: Finnish


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Understanding the basic structures and vocabulary needed in everyday life and work, practising simple communicative situations of everyday life and work, and getting to know Japanese customs

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    1. Contact hours 0-36h
    2. Active participation in class and compulsory assignments (60%)
    3. Final examination (40%)

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    A blended learning course, where the share of contact teaching may vary depending on the implementation method between 0-36 h

    Independent work by the student, compulsory assignments, final examination and preparing for the examination, 45 81 h depending on the implementation method


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    All material is provided on the digital learning platform.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Group size: max. 30

    This course may be taken also as a KiVAKO online course.

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I-II,Spring III-IV

    2021-2022 Autumn I-II,Spring III-V

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.