Japanese Lower Intermediate B1.2 - LA506

Sorry, this module is not currently running in 2019-20.


This module is for students who studied LA505 or have equivalent proficiency in Japanese


Placement Test:

If you have studied Japanese before, but you have not taken one of our lower level modules, you need to take a placement test, which is available on 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. The convenor will contact you for further information if necessary.




This module is for students who can communicate in Japanese comfortably on familiar topics encountered in everyday life and read and write Japanese including around 200 Kanji. The curriculum will focus on communication in a real life of university student studying in Japan, by using complex expressions in an appropriate style of speaking. Various styles of readings are given such as formal letter, article and website providing factual information. Discussions take place in the class on the topic areas covered in the module.


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 textbook: £34-£42 approximately

Method of assessment

In-Course Tests will account for 80% of the overall mark, consisting of;

Speaking Test (20%) up to 5 minutes, Week 11
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 20% of the overall mark. The task of the assignment is cultural research and writing in Japanese of 500 characters in length. The submission deadline is Week 8.

Indicative reading

Core textbook:
Akira Miura, Naomi H. McGloin (2008) An Integrated Approach To Intermediate Japanese, Revised Edition [with 2 CDs], The Japan Times. ISBN 9784789013079

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 around 300 Kanji appropriately when they are used in various words.
(b) Understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in university, part-time work and leisure, and deal with some complex situations likely to arise while traveling and studying in Japan in both the polite and the casual way.
(c) Describe plans, goals, dreams in the future, feelings and impressions, and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions.
(d) Understand the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal e-mails, and relatively complex articles and reports on familiar topics.
(e) Write a personal e-mails in the formal style and a short essay or report on familiar topics, giving detailed information and describing experiences and impressions.
(f) Demonstrate knowledge of the life and culture in Japan on an appropriate level such as education system, social problems, manners and customs.


Students who complete this module successfully can progress onto LA507 in the Spring term.

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