Japanese Upper Intermediate B2.1 - LA507

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


This module is for students who studied LA506 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 deal with most situations likely to arise in everyday life in Japan, and read and write Japanese including around 300 Kanji. The curriculum will focus on living in Japan, by using complex expressions in an appropriate style of speaking. Topics covered in this module vary, including job hunting, a CV in the Japanese style, making a complaint in a shop, and expressing one's opinion in a discussion on formal topics. Students also read and listen to news articles to gain knowledge of social issues and current affairs. 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 approx
*Students who took LA506 do not need to purchase it as the same textbook is 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 5 minutes, Week 23
Reading Test (20%) 45 minutes, Week 24
Writing Test (20%) 45 minutes , Week 24
Listening Test (20%) 30 minutes, Week 24

Course assignment will account for 20% of the overall mark. The task of the assignment is cultural research and writing in Japanese of 600 characters. The submission deadline is week 20.

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 over 450 Kanji appropriately when they are used in various words.
(b) Present clear, detailed descriptions on a range of subjects related to personal interest, and take a part in discussion in familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining own views.
(c) Explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of some opinions.
(d) Read and understand articles and reports concerned with contemporary issues on familiar topics in which the writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints, including news articles.
(e) Write a very simple CV for applying for a job, and a short essay passing on information or giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view.
(f) Demonstrate understanding of the life and culture in Japan such as employment, social problems, manners and custom in special occasions.

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