Japanese Pre-Intermediate - WOLA5530

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 5 15 (7.5) Mano Suzuki checkmark-circle


Language modules focus on developing students' communicative competence in four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) to equip students with a working knowledge of the target language and a sound level of communicative competence and confidence. By the end of the module, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to take a more active role in and greater ability to sustain communication. Students will be able to express how they feel and opinions in simple terms and initiate and sustain close simple, routine exchanges without undue effort.

Topics at a pre-intermediate level (comparable to an upper A2 level on the CEFR) will include everyday communication skills such as asking and giving directions and weekend activities, skills useful to when visiting a doctor, describing people's appearance and personalities.

The cultural aspects of the above topic areas will be taught through seminars and the means of Japanese language course books, video, audio materials.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 30
Total Private Study Hours: 120
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
In Course Test: Speaking (Max. 4 minutes) – 20%
Language Skills (Equivalent to 1,200 Japanese characters) – 40%
Cultural research and Writing (400 Japanese characters) – 40%

Reassessment methods
100% Coursework (Equivalent to 1,600 Japanese characters)

Indicative reading

The University is committed to ensuring that core reading materials are in accessible electronic format in line with the Kent Inclusive Practices. The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages: https://kent.rl.talis.com/index.html

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 demonstrate a familiarity with Japanese characters equivalent to pre-intermediate proficiency;
2 demonstrate a good understanding of the main points of standard materials on familiar matters in the target language covered in everyday life:
3 express opinions and exchange information in the target language on topics such as personal information, locations, directions, occupations etc in simple terms and initiate and sustain close simple, routine exchanges without undue effort.
4 demonstrate knowledge and a critical understanding of the life and culture of Japan.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Communicate ideas independently;
2 Demonstrate enhanced intercultural awareness and understanding.


Students who complete this module successfully can progress onto WOLA5610 Japanese Lower Intermediate. If you have studied Japanese before you should get in touch with our Japanese Tutor, Ms Mano Suzuki: M.Suzuki@kent.ac.uk


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 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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