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Japanese Language 7

Unit code: JAPA20091
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

JAPA20091 Pre-Requisite


Building on students’ prior learning in JAPA10092 or for those at an equivalent level, this course aims to broaden students’ vocabulary (both spoken and written), hone their communication and analytical skills and deepen their understanding of grammar. There will also be translation exercises between English and Japanese.


This is an advanced level language course which teaches receptive skills (reading and listening) and productive skills (speaking and writing) 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 debate and discussion). 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.

There is an Independent Language Learning Portfolio component.

Learning outcomes

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

Knowledge and understanding

  • demonstrate control of approximately 1,000 characters.

Intellectual skills

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

Practical skills

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

show increasing proficiency in reading Japanese texts and viewing and hearing TV and other audio and video material in standard Japanese

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

start developing higher level skills in both close and gist reading

be engaging effectively with unedited language in a variety of genres and show increasing proficiency in reading authentic Japanese texts

be translating and using key translation tools and resources effectively

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • show confidence in interacting with native speakers;
  • begin to feel confident for the year in Japan.

Assessment Further Information

  • Written examination at the end of semester 1 - 2.5 hours - 55%
  • Oral examination at the end of semester 1 - 15 minutes - 25%
  • 10 tests of grammar, vocabulary and kanji spread through the semester - 5%
  • Two reading comprehension and/or translation assessments in class - up to 45 minutes - 15%


This is a course based around several textbooks 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: Korosio 2010) (ISBN-10: 4874244475 / ISBN-13: 978-4874244470 ¿¿


2.   Nihongo Itsutsu no Tobira: chuukyuu-ban (Tokyo: Bonjinsha 2008) (ISBN-10: 4893586602/ ISBN-13978-4893586605¿¿plus Kanji goi hen ISBN-10 : 4893586718 /ISBN-13: 978-4893586711                

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)



Other Recommended Resources


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


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

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 the exams. 

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

Study hours

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

Teaching staff

Jonathan Bunt - Unit coordinator

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