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Japanese Language 8

Unit code: JAPA20092
Credit Rating: 20
Unit level: Level 2
Teaching period(s): Semester 2
Offered by Chinese Studies
Available as a free choice unit?: N



Additional Requirements

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

Not available as a free choice – but if the level is appropriate the convenor may exceptionally admit an external student.


Building on students’ prior learning in JAPA20091 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 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.

There is an Independent Language Learning Portfolio component.

Learning outcomes

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

Knowledge and understanding

  • demonstrate control of approximately 1,200 characters.

Intellectual skills

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

Practical skills

express themselves orally in discussion and debate as well as in conversations on everyday matters and on a wide range of  topics relating to Japanese society and language.

show proficiency in reading authentic Japanese texts and reports and viewing and hearing TV and other audio and video material in standard Japanese and in some variants

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

have developed higher level skills in both close and gist reading

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

translate and use translation tools

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • show clear confidence in interacting with native speakers;
  • feel well prepared for the year in Japan.

Assessment Further Information

  • Written examination at the end of semester 2 - 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%
  • Coursework (including Texts Independent Language Learning Portfolio (10%) - 15%


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

Recommended reading

Set texts:


Nihon e no Shoutai¿(Tokyo: Tokyo Daigaku Shuppan-kai 2008) ISBN-13: 978-4130820110 and the Yoshuu shiito gi bunkei volume ISBN-13: 978-4130820127

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 semester one 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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