Japanese Beginners A1 - LA304

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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4 15 (7.5) MRS M Suzuki




Placement Test:

If you have studied Japanese before you need to take a placement test, which is available at the link below. The test is used as a guide to assess your knowledge of Japanese. Please submit the mark sheet and the questionnaire to the convenor of the relevant module (their details are on the downloadable documents). The convenor will contact you for further information if necessary.

You do not need to take a placement test if you have never studied Japanese before.




The module is for students who have never studied Japanese before or have very little knowledge of Japanese. The curriculum content is intended to give students some familiarity, at an introductory level, with everyday life, activities and the culture in Japan. Topics for listening, speaking, reading and writing will focus on an introductory level of communication skills used in everyday life. Basic skills useful to people visiting Japan will be taught including describing locations and shopping. An introductory level of Japanese culture will be covered in seminars.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

3 hours of seminars per week for 10 weeks; 30 contact hours in total. 10 hours of self-study per week.


Core textbooks: £50 approximately
Recommend: £13-17

Method of assessment

In-Course Tests will account for 90% of the overall mark, consisting of;
• Reading aloud test (10%) up to 2 minutes, Week 6
• Speaking test (20%) up to 3 minutes, Week 10
• Reading test (20%) 45 minutes, Week 12
• Writing test (20%) 45 minutes, Week 12
• Listening test (20%) 30 minutes, Week 12

Course assignment will account for 10% of the overall mark. The task of the assignment is cultural research and writing in Japanese of 300 characters. The submission deadline is Week 8.

Indicative reading

(2012) Minna No Nihongo 1: 2nd ver with CD, 3A Network, ISBN-13: 9784883196036
(2012) Minna No Nihongo 1: 2nd ver: Translation & Grammatical Notes English ver, 3A
Network, ISBN-13: 9784883196043
(2000) Self study kana workbook: learning through listening and writing, 3A Cooperation, ISBN-13: 9784883191581

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
(a) Read and write two sets of Japanese scripts called Hiragana and Katakana.
(b) Communicate in Japanese by using simple sentences including basic greetings and introductions, and asking and answering simple direct questions on very familiar topics such as family, student life, travelling and shopping.
(c) Explain very simple factual information on personal and familiar topics such as expressing someone's personal data and explaining about items in a shop.
(d) Understand very short, simple texts such as short e-mails and diaries written in very simple sentences.
(e) Write very short, simple texts such as short e-mails introducing oneself, explaining daily life and inviting a friend to go to somewhere or do something.
(f) Demonstrate an introductory knowledge of the life and culture in Japan such as name, food, transport and the names of major cities.


Students who complete this module successfully can progress onto LA305 in the Spring Term

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