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Japanese Language 5

Unit code: JAPA20081
Credit Rating: 20
Unit level: Level 2
Teaching period(s): Semester 1
Offered by Japanese Studies
Available as a free choice unit?: N



Additional Requirements

JAPA20081 Pre-Requisite


Building on students’ prior learning, it aims to broaden students’ vocabulary (both spoken and written), hone their translation skills and deepen their understanding of grammar. There will also be translation exercises between English and Japanese.


This is an intermediate learners’ level language course which teaches both receptive (reading and listening) and productive (speaking and writing) skills in Japanese, and translation into English. There is a pre-requisite of Intermediate skills in Japanese such as those obtained at the end of JAPA10082.

Teaching and learning methods

8 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 will be weekly assignments.

There are drop in clinics (2 hours weekly).

All students have access to the Language Centre and should use its resources regularly.  All students are further expected to participate in learning partnerships with Japanese students where possible.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

demonstrate a sure grasp of approximately 560 characters

have encountered a widening range of grammar patterns and rhetorical styles

demonstrate increasing knowledge of  how to read and interpret Japanese characters in  contextual terms including dealing with unknown script

demonstrate greater understanding of the issues involved in translation from Japanese into English

Intellectual skills

understand themselves as developing learners and be able to engage effectively with the appropriate resources to negotiate understanding

begin to engage confidently with unedited texts in a variety of genres

Practical skills

express themselves orally in more advanced role-plays and dialogues on everyday matters and on a widening range of  topics relating to Japanese society

show developing proficiency in hearing live and recorded material in standard Japanese

begin to write stylistically appropriate Japanese prose, as well as translate Japanese into appropriate English

have acquired practice in both close and gist reading

engage effectively with unedited texts in a variety of genres and show emerging proficiency in reading authentic Japanese texts

have begun to gain experience in translating and practice with key translation tools and resources

Transferable skills and personal qualities

show developing confidence in interacting with native speakers

mediate communication between Japanese and English

feel increasingly prepared for residence and study in Japan

Assessment methods

  • Other - 20%
  • Written exam - 45%
  • Oral assessment/presentation - 25%
  • Set exercise - 10%

Assessment Further Information

written examination at the end of semester - 2.5 hours

oral examination at the end of semester - 15 minutes

regular tests of grammar, vocabulary and kanji

2 reading comprehension and/or translation assessments in class - Up to 45 minutes


Participation and attendance


This is a course based around a textbook supplemented with additional material and supported by independent study

Recommended reading

Set texts:


  1. Tobira Gateway to Advanced Japanese Learning Through Content and Multimedia (Tokyo: Kurosio 2010) (ISBN-10: 4874244475 / ISBN-13: 978-4874244470 ¿¿and the separate volume of exercises called Grammar Power ((Tokyo: Kurosio 2012) ISBN 978-4-87424-570-5
  2. Brush Up your Kanji: 800 Basic Kanji as a Gateway to Advanced Japanese (Tokyo) ( ISBN-10: 4874244874 / ISBN-13: 978-4874244876 ¿


Students require in addition:

Donna toki  dou tuskau/ Nihongo hyougen bunkei jiten [JLPT N1-N4]

(Tokyo: Ark 2010) ( ISBN-10: 4757418868 / ISBN-13: 978-4757418868 )


Shogakukan Reikaigakushuu kokugojiten (Tokyo: Shogakukan 2011)



A kanji dictionary that has been approved by the tutors


Other Recommended Resources


Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar (Tokyo: Japan Times 1995)


Japanese Kanji Flashcards: 750 Kanji Cards: 2 (White Rabbit Press 2010)


Using Japanese: a guide to contemporary usage (Cambridge: CUP 2000)


The Japanese Language: An Introduction (Oxford: OUP 1993)


The Complete Japanese Verb Guide (Tokyo: Kodansha 1989)

Feedback methods

Feedback on progress with language learning is provided to students through regular tests of vocabulary and kanji, through in class correction of oral production, corrected versions of written work, and through feedback on their portfolio and on the exams. 

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

Study hours

  • Tutorials - 200 hours
  • Independent study hours - 0 hours

Teaching staff

Jonathan Bunt - Unit coordinator

Nozomi Yamaguchi - Unit coordinator

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