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Japanese Language 6

Unit code: JAPA20082
Credit Rating: 20
Unit level: Level 2
Teaching period(s): Semester 2
Offered by Japanese Studies
Available as a free choice unit?: N



Additional Requirements

JAPA20082 Co-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 intensive language course which teaches the skills of reception (reading and listening) and production (speaking and writing) in Japanese, and translation of the material learned into English. There is a pre-requisite of intermediate skills in Japanese.

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 (please see categories below):

Knowledge and understanding

  • demonstrate a sure grasp of approximately 800 characters.

Intellectual skills

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

Practical skills

  • express themselves orally in advanced role-plays and dialogues on everyday matters and on a wide range of  topics relating to Japanese society;
  • show proficiency in reading Japanese texts and viewing and hearing TV and other audio and video material in standard Japanese;
  • write stylistically appropriate Japanese prose, as well as translate Japanese into appropriate English;
  • use standard dictionaries (including monolingual dictionaries) effecively.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • show confidence in interacting with native speakers;
  • feel prepared for residence and study in Japan.




Assessment methods

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


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 corrected versions of written work, through comment sheets on the portfolio and through feedback on semester one exams. 

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

Study hours

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

Teaching staff

Jonathan Bunt - Unit coordinator

Nozomi Yamaguchi - Unit coordinator

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