Japanese Lower Intermediate B1.1 - LA505

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19 2019-20
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5 15 (7.5) MRS F Nemoto-Smith


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 A2.2 level (LA504) where you learned the vocabularies and grammar used in directions, polite requests, hobbies, illness and personal descriptions in complex structures with a full command of Hiragana, Katakana and a basic 100 Kanji. In this module, you will develop the vocabularies, expressions, sentence structures, grammar that are used in university, part-time work and leisure situations and will learn a further 54 new Kanji. You will learn the relevant vocabularies and grammar for seminars prior to each seminar and seminars will focus on you practising these in role play, grammar exercise 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 seminars per week, for ten weeks.


*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

Preliminary 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)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
a) demonstrate, in 4 skills including writing by hand, familiarity with Japanese vocabulary equivalent to lower B1 level on CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference);
b) express their wishes and desires, hobbies, their own abilities, health problems
c) understand polite requests in public places; simple instructions such as how to use cash machines;
d) describe details of towns and cities, personal details of family and friends and also their appearances, and ongoing actions;
e) read and write 54 new Kanji appropriately when they are used in various words;
f) create short word documents in Japanese on a computer;
g) gain knowledge of Japanese culture and geographical information that relate to the course topics.


Students who complete this module successfully can progress onto LA506

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