Japanese Elementary - WOLA3050

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 4 15 (7.5) Mano Suzuki checkmark-circle


The curriculum content is intended to give students some familiarity, at a level comparable to lower A2 level on CEFR, with everyday life, activities and the culture in Japan. Topics for listening, speaking, reading and writing will focus on an elementary level of communication skills to explain very simple factual information on personal and very familiar topics such as talking about family, friends, one's house, hometown and university, and expressing past events and activities. Basic skills useful to people visiting Japan will be taught including ordering food, making very simple enquiries and asking for locations. An introductory level of Japanese culture will be covered such as festivals, geography including major cities and famous places.

The cultural aspects of the above topic areas will be taught in seminars, by means of course books, audio materials and online resources and through sharing experiences of a tutor and students.

Students will have access to these materials and additional resources on Moodle. A range of resources is also available at the library.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 30
Total Private Study Hours: 120
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
In Course Test: Speaking (Max. 3 minutes) – 20%
Language Skills (Equivalent to 1,100 Japanese characters) – 40%
Cultural research and Writing (350 Japanese characters) – 40%

Reassessment methods
100% Coursework (Equivalent to 1,450 Japanese characters)

Indicative reading

The University is committed to ensuring that core reading materials are in accessible electronic format in line with the Kent Inclusive Practices. The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages: https://kent.rl.talis.com/index.html

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Read and write Japanese characters equivalent to an elementary level;
2. Demonstrate a familiarity with Japanese vocabulary equivalent to an elementary level:
3. Demonstrate a basic understanding of sentences and frequently used expressions in the target language related to areas of most immediate environment;
4. Express and exchange basic information in the target language in areas of immediate need or on familiar topics in simple terms;
5. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the life and culture in Japan within the context of the area of study.

The intended generic learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Communicate ideas independently;
2. Demonstrate basic intercultural awareness and understanding.


Students who complete this module successfully can progress onto WOLA5530 Japanese Pre- Intermediate in Autumn term of the next academic year.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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