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Japanese Language 2

Unit code: JAPA10082
Credit Rating: 20
Unit level: Level 1
Teaching period(s): Semester 2
Offered by Japanese Studies
Available as a free choice unit?: N



Additional Requirements

JAPA10082 Pre-Requisite

Available on BA Japanese Studies and combinations involving Japanese with other languages and area studies degrees and BA Modern Language with Business and Management etc.

If the level is appropriate and timetabling permits the convenor may exceptionally admit a student from outside Japanese Studies.



To establish the core skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. The emphasis is on acquiring the grammar, vocabulary and skills for communication and to serve as a basis for further study.


An intensive foundation course in Japanese for students with some previous study of the language and a level of knowledge equivalent to that obtained at the end of JAPA10081. Based on a core textbook the course requires students to work on developing core knowledge of vocabulary, script and grammar and to utilise this in communication and as a basis for further study.

Classes are complemented by timetabled support sessions but independent study is also key and students will be required to reflect on their own learning and to improve their language learning skills with the help and support of their tutors. It hoped that all learners will work with a Japanese language partner or partners where possible.

Please note that this is a compulsory language unit and as such requires a pass mark of 40% or above.  Those students who fail to achieve this mark at the first attempt must resit the course unit.  Students who fail this unit in the resit assessment will not be able to carry the credits into a subsequent year of study.  Students will be able to discuss their options with the Programme Director and they may have the option to move on to the non-language degree award of East Asian Studies.  If this option is approved, the resit mark can be compensated, or the student can carry the credit, provided they have met all the other requirements for progression.  Students who do not meet the required pass mark and do not move on to the non-language degree award will not be able to progress into the next year of the degree programme and will therefore be excluded.

Teaching and learning methods

10 hours of tutorials per week (a combination of formal grammar teaching, writing skills, reading, and in-class practice and tests of reading, writing, listening and speaking with exercises (including group and pair-work)).


There is a lot of directed self study and formative feedback is provided on written homework as well as in class.


There are two timetabled sessions in most teaching weeks when students can come and work with a tutor on hand to provide tailored support.


All students have access to the Language Centre and should use its resources regularly.


See above under 'syllabus' for information on the summer work-pack

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course students should be able to (please see categories below):

Knowledge and understanding

read and write the hiragana and katakana scripts and approximately 320 kanji characters (by the start of JAPA20082 – see information under ‘teaching and learning methods’ below)

understand the basics of speech and writing styles and register in contemporary Japanese

Intellectual skills

  • understand themselves as developing learners and engage effectively with the appropriate resources.

Practical skills

interact with native speakers through the medium of Japanese using basic grammatical structures and begin to use commonly available dictionaries (including kanji dictionaries)

have improved listening skills

hand-write clear basic text according to standard Japanese conventions. ¿

write a speech draft and exchange opinions

Transferable skills and personal qualities

start to show developing confidence in using Japanese and have established a firm foundation for further study. Students will need to relate themselves and their study methods to those of others in the class and communicate socially and professionally

Employability skills

  • Otherself-discipline time management working in a competitive yet collaborative environment developing communication skills professionalism about study

Assessment methods

  • Other - 5%
  • Written exam - 60%
  • Written assignment (inc essay) - 5%
  • Oral assessment/presentation - 25%
  • Set exercise - 5%


The course is based on a core textbook but also requires students to work more widely on acquiring knowledge of vocabulary, script, grammar and communication styles. Students will be required to spend a good deal of time learning approximately 320 kanji characters.

This course also includes preparation for the next stage Japanese course JAPA20081 and provides students with a summer work-pack which includes learning further kanji and extensive revision activity for grammar and vocabulary from Genki books 1 & 2. There is a test in week 1 of JAPA20081 based on this summer pack.

Classes are complemented by timetabled support sessions and clinics. Students will be required to reflect on their own learning and to improve their language learning skills with the help and support of their tutors. It hoped that all learners will be working with a Japanese language partner or partners where possible.

Recommended reading

Set texts:

Banno E, Ohta Y et al Genki II: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese (Tokyo: Japan Times, 2nd revised edition 2011) (ISBN-10: 4789014436/ ISBN-13: 978-4789014434) ¿¿

Please note that the workbook for Genki II (ISBN-10: 4789014444 / ISBN-13: 978-4789014441)) must also be purchased.

Students are also advised to have: ¿¿

1) A bilingual Japanese-English dictionary; the suggested one is: Oxford Beginner Japanese Dictionary ¿

2) A grammar reference; the suggested one is: Oxford Japanese Grammar and Verbs (Oxford: OUP 2003) ISBN-10: 0198603827 ¿/ ISBN-13: 978-0198603825 ¿¿


Supplementary texts: ¿¿


Kanji Look and Learn (Tokyo: Japan Times 2009) • ISBN-10: 4789013499 ¿• ISBN-13: 978-4789013499 ¿and the workbook • ISBN-10: 4789013502 • ISBN-13: 978-4789013505 ¿¿


Japanese Kanji Flashcards: 300 Beginner-Level Kanji Cards: 1 (White Rabbit Press 2010) ¿¿


The Japanese Language: An Introduction (OUP 1993)

Feedback methods

Feedback on progress with language learning is provided to students through regular tests of vocabulary and kanji, through corrected versions of written work, through comments on the workbooks and tests and in response to speaking activity in class.

Students are also able to consult individually with language tutors in their office hours.

Study hours

  • Tutorials - 110 hours
  • Independent study hours - 200 hours

Teaching staff

Jonathan Bunt - Unit coordinator

Nozomi Yamaguchi - Unit coordinator

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