Japanese Elementary - WOLA3050

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Spring Term 4 15 (7.5) Mano Suzuki checkmark-circle


The module is for students who can read and write Japanese letters, Hiragana and Katakana, and have very basic knowledge and skills of Japanese. The curriculum content is intended to give students some familiarity 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. 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 in seminars.


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: £30-£80 approximately.
*Students who took LA304 do not need to purchase two of the three core textbooks for this module as the same ones are used in the module.

Method of assessment

In-Course Tests will account for 80% of the overall mark, consisting of;
• Speaking test (20%) up to 3 minutes
• Reading test (20%) 45 minutes
• Writing test (20%) 45 minutes
• Listening test (20%) 30 minutes

Course assignment will account for 20% of the overall mark. The task of the assignment is cultural research and writing in Japanese of 350 characters.

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
Kano, Chieko et al. (2015) Basic Kanji book Vol. 1 New Edition, Bonjinsha, ISBN-13: 9784893588821

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

- Communicate in Japanese by asking and answering simple direct questions with some detailed answers on familiar topics such as personal preference and abilities, impressions on people and places, locations and comparisons.

- explain very simple factual information on personal and familiar topics such as expressing a travel experience in the past and explaining the location of one's house, university, country and so on.

- Read and write Japanese letters and some very basic Japanese characters called Kanji.

- Understand short simple texts such as short letters, emails and diaries explaining past experiences and plans, and very simple essays explaining the location of familiar places and buildings.

- Gain introductory knowledge of the life and culture in Japan such as family, house, food and menu, festivals and sightseeing places.


Students who complete this module successfully can progress onto LA553 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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