Japanese Post-Beginners A2.2 - LA320

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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4 15 (7.5)


LA305 or CEFR A2.1 level


Placement Test:

If you have studied-including self-study- Japanese before, but you have not taken one of our lower level modules, you need to take a placement test. The tests are used as a guide to assess your knowledge of Japanese. Please submit the mark sheet and the questionnaire to the convenor of the module. The convenor will contact you for further information if necessary. https://www.kent.ac.uk/cewl/courses/world/world-lang-modules.html?tab=japanese-modules



This module will build on from the Common European Framework of Reference A2.1 level (LA305) where you can, in a simple way, introduce yourself and family, express daily routine and describe people with a full command of Hiragana, Katakana and basic 50 Kanji. In LA320, you will continue to develop the vocabularies, expressions, sentence structures, grammar that are used in your immediate environment and learn a further 50 new Kanji. Seminars will focus on 'practising the language' through communicative activities, grammar exercises and writing short compositions in a friendly, stimulating atmosphere. You will also gain the relevant cultural information around the course topics whilst developing speaking, listening, writing and reading skills. You will find example of topics in the 'Learning outcomes' section.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Three one-hour seminar per week, for ten weeks.


Core Textbook Costs:
*The students who have taken LA305 do not need to buy an additional core-textbook.

Method of assessment

In-course tests 80%:
• Listening 20%
• Writing 20%
• Reading 20%
• Speaking 20%

Course assignment 20%:
Cultural research and writing

Indicative reading

• Basic Kanji Book Vol. 1, 5th edn. Bonjinsha. ISBN 9784893580917
• Minna No Nihongo 1, 2nd edn [with CD].Tokyo: 3A Corporation. ISBN 9784883196036
• Minna no Nihongo I Translation & Grammatical Notes English (2012). 2nd edn. Tokyo: 3A Corporation. ISBN 9784883196043

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
a) demonstrate, including writing by hand, a familiarity with Japanese vocabulary equivalent to upper A2 level proficiency;
b) demonstrate an understanding of the main points of standard speech and text on familiar matters in the target language covered in the curriculum:
c) express opinions and exchange information in the target language on topics such as personal information, locations, directions, occupations etc;
d) demonstrate an elementary understanding of the life and culture of Japan.


Students who complete this module successfully can progress onto LA315.

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