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Mrs.Vatsala Misra
IIT Kanpur


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Japanese Language has been taught as part of the Foreign Language Programme at IIT Kanpur since July 1995. With increasing technical and economic ties between India and Japan, more Japanese companies are doing business in India and vice versa. This gives rise to the urgent need for more Indians to learn at least the rudiments of Japanese for their professional advancement.

This course has been designed with the above background and keeping in mind the requirements of  Level’s  4 & 5  of the ‘Japanese Language Proficiency Test’,  held by Japan Foundation. It

focuses on conversational skills and basic training in sentence construction, simple situational conversation, grammatical knowledge and elements of Kanji (Chinese pictograms),and the kana (Katakana and Hiragana) scripts.


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Kana scripts

Hiragana & Katakana



Chinese  characters

Kanji- Pictograms with stroke order




parts of speech,  articles , word order or syntax,  demonstratives & interrogatives,  counters, verbs and verb conjugation,  adjectives, adverbs,  comparisons, giving and receiving,  requests and commands,  potential and conditionals,  possessive,  direct indirect speech,  various other form, etc.




nouns, verbs tenses-past and present, adjectives, adverbs, expressions of time , expression and phrases etc.



Situational conversationsand practice drills

self-introduction,  numbers, day and date,  time,  location and presence,  possession of objects,  time expressions and their usage,  visiting people, accepting and receiving objects,  hospital, asking direction, asking  price of objects etc.



Introduction to the history of Japan and its cultural Aspects

ikebana, origami, calligraphy, kabuki  etc



Video and audio-clips for listening d practice



Daily Japanese Expressions and  idioms





Methodology and features

  1. Though the medium of instruction will essentially be English, keeping in mind that the students may be from various educational backgrounds, for better understanding they will be encouraged to learn and relate to the Japanese language through their own mother tongue.
  2. Teaching aids such as picture cards and audio-video clips will be extensively used.
  3. Home assignments and guidance for self study and learning will be an integral part of the course.

The material and content has been specially developed for the course keeping in view the unique delivery system of NPTEL and the following is a list of some of the references that students can use.

  1. Shin Nihongo no kiso (Romanized edition), Association for Overseas Technical Scholars (AOTS)
  2. Minna no Nihongo (3 A Network)
  3. Introduction to Modern Japanese (Osamu Mizutani and NobokuMizutan ( Japan Times)
  4. 250 Essential Kanji for Everyday Use (Kanji Text Research Group, University of Tokyo)
  5. Japanese for Busy People (Association for Japanese Language Teaching, Kodansha Tokyo Japan )
  6. Erin (Japan Foundation)
  7. Audio and Video clips from the above mentioned text

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